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Thomas Meighan
Theatre

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Address Dixie Highway (now 6237 Grand Boulevard)
Opening Night Seating Capacity 500
Original Theater Owner Richey Amusement Company (W.K. Jahn, James W. Clark, Charles W. Barnett, F.I. Grey, F.E. Dingus and E.A. Leeston-Smith)
Original Theater Architect Thomas Reed Martin
Years of Operation Opened 1 July 1926
Type of Musical Accompaniment Piano
Current Status Operating as live performance venue

The Thomas Meighan Theatre first presented the film The New Klondike (1926) starring Thomas Meighan, who did not attend the premiere but sent a congratulatory telegram.

The first sound film shown at the theater was on 9 March 1930, with Thomas Meighan present to push the button. Later in 1930, the theater reverted to silent films until improved sound equipment could be installed. Admission prices were temporarily lowered during the delayed transition to sound.

The theater is currently operating as a community playhouse that has been renamed the Richey Suncoast Theatre.

References: Additional information provided by Jeff Miller and Gary Vitacco-Robles.

 

Webpage: Jeff Miller’s Thomas Meighan Theatre

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