South Trail Cinema

6727 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34231

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema

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South Trail Cinema

Opened as the Jerry Lewis Cinema July 12, 1972 with “Fiddler on the Roof”. In 1973 it was renames South Trail Cinema, and soon functioned as an adult theater, catering primarily to Sarasota’s elderly audience.

It briefly flirted with First-run-, Second-run, and Classic movies around 1981, with disastrous results. It even attempted giving away beer and pretzels to get audiences, but only got 6 audience members. It returned to adult movies.

However, the South Trail Cinema came into the limelight on July 26, 1991. Entertainer Paul Rubens, best known for his Pee Wee Herman character, was arrested for indecent exposure during a screening of "Nurse Nancy," part of a triple bill.

It was demolished in 1995 and a restaurant now sits on the site of the South Trail Cinema.

Contributed by BWChicago

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Broan on March 13, 2009 at 1:30 am

Here is an article with a photo of the South Trail Cinema

rivest266 on November 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

This opened as Jerry Lewis on July 12th, 1972. It was renamed South Trail Cinema in 1973.

billne on June 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm

I saw Jon Voight’s “The Champ” there in 1979, obviously during the theater’s non-porn operation.

DavidZornig on May 22, 2019 at 8:59 am

The restaurant on the site today is Mellow Mushroom. Formerly Beckham’s On The Trail Bar & Grill.

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