Dixie Theater

26 S. Magnolia Avenue,
Ocala, FL 34471

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Previously operated by: E.J. Sparks Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Functions: Retail

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1949 photo credit ocalafl.org.

Part of the downtown square scene in Ocala. The Dixie Theater was opened on October 1, 1923. In the early-1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks.

Building still stands but is now a store.

Contributed by Anibal Rodriguez

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on September 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

There are a few buildings facing the square that look like they could’ve been theaters, but I’m not positive about any of them.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 5, 2010 at 1:05 am

I found it listed on Magnolia Street but that’s all homes. So is Magnolia and Magnolia Avenue. The only one that could work is North Magnolia Avenue, that seems to be a business street.

Anibal, if you know the building still stands and is now a store, what is the address?

Open ~1923-~1955 approximate? Your all welcome to verify those dates.

Also owned by Florida State Theaters, Inc. (Affilliated with American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.) of Jacksonville, Fla. Louis J. Finske, President.

Anyone know the address, more info,or photos?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on September 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I think the correct address is 26 S. Magnolia Avenue, just opposite the downtown square.

dallasmovietheaters on November 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

Opened October 1, 1923 managed by A.R. Nininger.

robboehm on November 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

The former theater is to the left of the three story building. Photo from the Ocala High School Class of 1957 – Old Ocala photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2023 at 9:38 pm

The recent opening October 1) of the new Dixie Theatre in Ocala was noted in the October 7, 1923 issue of Film Daily. The June 20, 1925 Motion Picture News noted that the Dixie was one of two Ocala houses (the Temple was the other) recently acquired by E. J. Sparks on behalf of Famous Players.

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