Carver Theater

1605 N. Boulevard,
Tampa, FL 33607

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Previously operated by: Bailey Theaters

Firms: Kemp, Bunch & Jackson

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Carver Theater

The Carver Theater was a segregated theater located in the heart of the West Tampa black community. It was operating from 1949 until at least 1955 by the Bailey Theaters chain. The building seems to have been demolished.

Contributed by Andy

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Our home is O.K. but a lot of places arent as you know.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 24, 2010 at 8:21 am

I read one comment saying that the theater was located on Boulevard at the end of Main Street.

Nunzienick on September 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

The theatre was located on North Boulevard about a block south of Main Street. Main Street dead ends at N. Boulevard so if you turned right from Main onto N. Boulevard the theatre was on the left side about a block down. The I-275 overpass runs right over the property.

Nunzienick on September 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I just now verified the address which shows the Carver at 1605 N. Boulevard. I wonder which theatre was at 2104 W. Main St. that Chuck mentions above? Time for some research on this one.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Thanks Nick.See Panola Drive-in when it gets on.I just submitted it.Good story about Peter Fonda.

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Historic Theatres in Tampa on October 10, 2010 at 7:24 am

Hi Nick – Did you guys determine which theatre was located at 2104 W Main?
Thanks!! Kelly

Nunzienick on October 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi Kelly, I did some research on the Main Street address but thus far I haven’t been able to determine whether or not a theatre was ever located at that address. The building that currently sits at the site is very old and appears to have had many uses over the years. However, there may be another way of finding out more about that address. I haven’t given up as yet!

Nunzienick on October 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm

According to the city directory, 2104 Main Street is listed as vacant from 1924 through 1957. Roma Importing is listed for this number from 1958 through 1962. In 1963 the address once again is vacant. In 1964 it no longer appears which may indicate the space may have been absorbed by another business within the building. I would say it’s doubtful a theatre ever existed at this location.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

According to a 1915 Sanborn map, there was a closed movie theater (“picture show” according to the label) located at about 2128 Main. The map also shows two more “picture shows” on Howard between the library and Main Street.

saffire915 on November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

The Diaz Theater was on the NW corner of Main and Howard. It played silent movies. Not sure of the exact street address, but it definitely existed in 1915.

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