Florida Theatre

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 Theatre

The Florida Theatre opened on September 10, 1928 with John Gilbert in “Four Walls”. It was the first Gainesville theatre to offer sound movies as it was equipped with Vitaphone. By the 1970’s it was still screening movies having been renamed Great Southern Music Hall. It served as Gainesville’s main movie theatre for nearly 40 years. Later converted to a music and concert hall. It had closed by early-2023.

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atlmike on September 19, 2005 at 7:20 pm

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

JackCoursey on July 28, 2023 at 12:00 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 on May 22, 2024 at 6:31 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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