Have you ever been to the old Tringas Theatre in Downtown Fort Walton Beach?
Growing up, I never really went to that movie theatre. At that point we had Sun Plaza and United Artist was still inside the mall.
However, when we did venture outside of the newer movie theaters…we went to the Palm Theatre on Eglin Parkway.
I was much older when I finally caught a flick at the Downtown Cinema Plus. It wasn’t until I graduated high school that I really got an idea of the history of the old Tringas Theatre.
I can remember the first time I heard that the movie theatre was segregated back in the day. Whites sat on the main floor while African Americans were seated in the balcony section. (Thank God it’s not that way anymore!)
Cinema Plus offered a somewhat unique place that you could catch a movie for cheap…but it was just dated.
I know there was some uproar when news broke that Jamie Nabors of NBI Properties bought the cinema and announced his plans to renovate the theatre. According to yesterday’s article from the Northwest Florida Daily News, that renovation is off to a slow start but is expected to be complete for a February opening.
The cinema will be renamed to “Suds N’ Cinema” and feature a 1950s style with neon and exposed glass lighting.
Talking with the NWFDN, Nabors said,
“We’re excited about the design and we’re excited for the community to have a theater that represents a piece of history.”
To read more on the restoration and to see pics, click here
Over to you
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