Florida Theater

235 W. University Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601-5211

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Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Great Southern Music Hall

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Florida Theater

The Florida Theater opened on September 10, 1928. It was the first Gainesville theater to offer sound movies. It served as Gainesville’s main movie theater for nearly 40 years. Later converted to a music and concert hall. It had closed by early-2023.

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atlmike
atlmike on September 20, 2005 at 12:20 am

The Florida was still operating at full steam when I was a student at the University of Florida from 1969 through 1973.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on July 28, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Did a sight visit in Feb 2023 to the Florida. The exterior appeared to be in very bad shape. What was I could seen through the closed doors, the interior didn’t look much better. The Music Hall website claims it is permanently closed.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 22, 2024 at 11:31 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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