Florida Theatre

186 N. Palafox Street,
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Previously operated by: Giddens & Rester

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Florida Theatre, Pensacola, Florida (1947)

The Florida Theatre was located two blocks north of the Saenger Theatre. The theatre was opened in 1942, with seating listed at 550. It was operated by Giddens & Rester Theatres. It was closed by the mid-1970’s.

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knucks on August 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’m pretty sure that it was the Rex…that the Florida was two blocks north of…with the Saenger being further south a bit on the same side of the street.

dickneeds111 on February 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

If I remember right the Florida theatre was about 200' from the Rex and the Saenger being halfway down Palafox. All 3 theatres were on the left side of the st. walking from the Hotel heading to the Auditorium at the end.

Logan5 on June 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm

It seems that the 121 N Palafox address is wrong. In the 1947 “Gone With The Wind” photo the two-story building that is now the ‘Methodist Children’s Academy at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola’ can be seen in the distance at 6 E Wright Street. The Nobles Building still stands on the east side of Palafox and is occupied by CTS America (180 N Palafox). The Florida Theatre would have been Immediately to the north at 186 N Palafox and in fact the building appears to still be standing there.

According to Pensapedia.com there was a fire at the theatre in 1944: http://www.pensapedia.com/wiki/Florida_Theater

rivest266 on December 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

First ad placed in 1942. May have been opened before.

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