ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The historic venue formerly known as the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, Fla. is now the Floridian Social Club.
When renovation is complete, the venue will have gone through a complete restoration of the building’s current infrastructure back to its historic past and much more. All of the buildings renovations were focused on creating an authentic roaring 1920s art deco entertainment event venue, and at the same time, maintain the features from when the original building was built.
The new name and brand ‘Floridian’ are a reflection and tribute to the city’s past.
Kevin Chadwick, a second-generation St. Pete native, and owner of the venue, remembers the State Theatre of his youth, one of the last first-run movie houses left standing in downtown.
“St. Pete has never been more exciting, more roaring, or more fun than it is right now. I think we’re all getting a rare opportunity to experience the true renaissance of a city right before our very eyes,” Chadwick said. “I want to restore a very special piece of our city’s history, and to engage our community to frequently use the theatre to celebrate life’s events.”
Chadwick explained the theatre will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2024, and he believes it is important to restore it to its authentic roots.
“The Theatre has gone through many evolutions in its lifetime, and I believe we are approaching one of its finest times,” he added.
Brandon Huskins, operating director for the Floridian Social Club, estimated the approximately 800-person capacity venue will host 50 to 60 “name” concert events per year and will be available to local and regional organizations to host their special events, weddings, awards, lectures, and any other celebration.
“We want to offer diverse programming so everyone in St. Pete, at some point, will have something to come out and be part of,” Huskins said.
The Floridian will operate as an authentic 1920s style lounge during the week and a full-blown club with live performances on weekends.
For more information about Floridian Social Club’s entertainment and services, contact Jenny Holla, events director at (727) 742-0122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.