Beach Theater to host outdoor movie series in June amid renovations
For the first time since it closed a decade ago, the historic Beach Theater is finally showing movies again. For now, it’s happening outside.
As renovations continue to the building at 315 Corey Ave., the Beach Theater and the City of St. Petersburg are hosting a summer movie series at Horan Park. Titled “Judy at 100,” the series features films from Judy Garland’s filmography each Wednesday in June.
The screenings are free to the public. To raise funds for the ongoing renovation, the Beach Theater Community Foundation is selling raffle tickets and movie posters.
The Beach Theater opened in 1940. It was purchased by Hollywood screenwriter Michael France Jr. in 2007. He ran it until his health declined in 2012. The beloved powder blue and white building , known for its Art Deco facade, was dormant. until acquired by Scott Commercial Holdings in August 2021.
The architects have drawn up new plans for the space, which include “a grand foyer that will provide an inviting space to accommodate future theatergoers, as well as state-of-the-art technical upgrades”. According to the press release, finding a contractor is the next step.
“The renovation has started, although more slowly than we would like!” said owner Christopher Scott in a press release. “Our team sincerely appreciates the continued support and interest in our project. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon!”
If you are going to
“Judy At 100” takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in June at Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, 33706. Attendees may bring blankets and chairs, though tarps, umbrellas, and items limiting visibility must be left at home. Urban Popcorn will sell fresh artisanal popcorn, while Mastry’s Brewing Company and The Spice & Tea Exchange will sell drinks starting at 7 p.m. www.spbeachtheatre.org/summer-film-series for more information.
June 1: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
June 8: “The Clock” (1945)
June 15: “Summer Stock” (1950)
June 22: “A Star is Born” (1954)