Monday, September 1, 2008

Palma Ceia Theatre



1952 Movie Program

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Listed in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook...MacDill and S. Carlos (San Carlos?)...548 seats.

Harriette said...

What a wonderful family movie theatre for South Tampa kids.....our parents felt safe to drop us off for the Sat.matinee cartoons...later in our Wilson Jr. High days it was a meeting place for "wanna be" couples ...too young for real car dates. great memories of innocent times..
A good photo is available through the USF library ..look for Robertson and Fresh Collection of Tampa Photographs......
Harriette Plant High Class of 55

Jim said...
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Jim said...

This theatre was also the original home of the Palma Ceia Methodist Church, started more than 60 years ago. Pastor Paul Wagner and church leaders would meet every Sunday morning to sweep up popcorn boxes, etc. before they could hold services.

When the congregation moved to Bay to Bay & Dale Mabry and built its sanctuary, the leaders designed it with movie-style seats instead of traditional pews -- as a salute to the church's founding at P.Ceia Theatre.

Astrobob & Snywhyte said...

After the theater closed, it was the meeting hall for the Mason's for many years. They kept many of the original seats and the basic layout was the same. Only recently has it been converted into law offices.