Goodbye, State Theatre. Hello, Floridian Social Club
By Bill DeYoung
Contrary to previous reports, St. Pete’s State Theatre will not rise again.
Instead, the historic 1924 building on Central – refurbished, renovated, retro-fitted and re-dedicated – will be known as the Floridian Social Club. The Floridian, for short.
That’s the news Monday morning from Kevin Chadwick, the real estate broker who bought the State in 2018, shortly after the previous owner shut it down because of financial hardships.
When will the Floridian open? “The time isn’t as important as the result,” says Chadwick, who adds that interior renovations continue during the current crisis. “We’re still working, thank God, and when the rest of the world comes out of this, then we should be done.”