118 N. Monroe Street,
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Functions: Office Space
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Movie Pub
This Streamline Moderne style movie house opened November 20, 1940 with Tyrone Power in “The Mark of Zorro”. It featured a sleek facade with a large vertical sign, a marquee with the theatre’s name in bold stylized lettering, and glass brick decoration. This stunning theatre sat on N. Monroe Street between E. Park Avenue and E. Call Street. By 1957 it was operated by the Talgar Theatre Company.
In 1960, the Florida Theatre was heavily damaged in a fire. The theatre was rebuilt to the plans of architect Theodore C. Poulos, albeit much more simple in style than the Moderne style original look. The large vertical sign was retained, however. By 1968 it was operated by Kent Theatres Inc.
The Florida Theatre operated into the 1980’s and by December 1987 was operating as The Movie Pub. Later, the building was converted into office space.
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