St. Petersburg live music venue State Theatre might reopen by late April

It’s been closed since 2018.

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UPDATED: 02/18/20 11:05 a.m.

St. Petersburg’s historic State Theatre, might reopen as early as late-April.

That’s according to local real estate broker Kevin Chadwick who told St. Pete Catalyst that extensive renovations at the live music venue—located at 687 Central Ave.—are just about complete.

“The time frame is not as important as the end result,” he told the website.

That sentiment is welcome news to anyone who’s lamented the relative quiet that’s come over downtown St. Petersburg’s 600 Block since the late-2018 closure of Fubar, just across the street from State Theatre, and the relocation of Daddy Kool Records (one door down from Fubar) from the Block to St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District.

In March 2018, after State Theatre saw its capacity reduced by fire officials, the 8,604 square-foot building went on sale for $1.9 million. Three months later, the venue went under contract, and it officially sold to Chadwick for $2.1 million approximately 10 days later.

At the time, Chadwick had plans to invest up to an additional $1 million to make safety and cosmetic upgrades en route to restoring the building to the historic landmark it once was. He said that the building would have a new facade and new marquee before the year was over and that the spring would see interior renovations plus three new bars.

That all got delayed, however, as Chadwick and his team cracked into the bones of the 96-year-old building. State Theatre operating partner Brandon Huskins added that, “Everything was gutted. The directive was, if it wasn’t original in the building, take it out.”

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay sent a text to Huskins to confirm.

Long Beach Dub Allstars was supposed to christen a renovated State Theatre during the band’s July 2019 show, but the historic venue still wasn’t ready.

Chadwick did not say what the updated total renovation costs were, but Huskins also added that the 800-seat venue—where sound will be installed by ESI, which has hung PAs in Ruth Eckerd Hall and Amalie Arena—would host what the Catalyst called “50 to 60 ‘name’ concerts per year, ‘high-end stuff that maybe you would never have thought would play at the State Theatre.’”

Huskins also told CL that the main stage floor will be open and that seating will be available in the mezzanine only.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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