Edison Theatre

1533 Hendry Street,
Fort Myers, FL 33901

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dallasmovietheaters on October 19, 2022 at 4:43 pm

The Edison Theatre was the 142d theatre designed by Roy A. Benjamin with the assistance of local architect Frank W. Bail. The venue was named after Thomas Alva Edison who bought property in Fort Myers in 1886 and spent time there through the 1920s. Florida State Theatres opened the venue on September 9, 1941.

50sSNIPES on June 6, 2022 at 2:54 pm

The 650-capacity Edison Theatre opened on September 9, 1941 with Sidney Toler in “Charlie Chan in Rio” and Paul Kelly in “Mystery Ship” along with a Paramount News and a short involving the life of Thomas A. Edison.

Originally a second-run/B-film theater, but became a first-run theater shortly before the death of the Lee Theatre until 1980. The Edison became a special events theater which has a mix of classic and foreign films, but 21 months later, the Edison closed for the final time in mid-June 1981.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Here are my pictures from July 2012.

RoadsideArchitecture.com on June 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

The theatre was built in 1941. See this link.

lahousden on June 27, 2007 at 7:03 am

View link Here is a link to a picture I took of the Edison Theatre

lahousden on June 27, 2007 at 7:02 am

Here is a current picture of the Edison Theatre

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Wurlitzer1773 on May 22, 2007 at 8:17 am

This building has been converted to law offices back in the 1980’s