The website was launched Monday morning. 1 talking about this. St. Petersburg’s newly-renovated Floridian Social Club is now home to an L-Acoustics Kara system ST. PETERSBURG, FL – ESI Production Services installed an L-Acoustics Kara system in the Floridian Social Club as part of a $1 million-plus renovation in a historic building that has served as a bank, cinema and concert hall. In some circles, a “social club”, may have once been innocently known as a place where likeminded or culturally related people gather privately to relax, celebrate, do business, or whatever. St. Petersburg, FL 33701. When the venue is not being used for events or musical performances, their lounge (see below) will be open for cocktails from Tuesday through Thursday, programmed by the previous director of Spirits at Mandarin Hide, Niall McCourt. “We’re still working, thank God, and when the rest of the world comes out of this, then we should be done.”. Contrary to previous reports, St. Pete’s State Theatre will not rise again. The State Theater, for most of its life that I was a part of, was mostly dingy, banged up, often-stank, and underutilized, but was constantly welcoming to all forms of life and segments of our society and their music. All that stands between the venue’s history as the State Theater and its new incarnation as the Floridian Social Club is the abatement of the COVID pandemic. U.S. Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2020 The St Petersburg Group, Please enter email address you want to share this article with, Closed since 2018, the State Theatre building has been at 687 Central Ave. since 1924. Pliant Technologies Playing Integral Role In Theatrical Productions By The Fellowship For Performing Arts. All that stands between the venue’s history as the State Theater and its new incarnation as the Floridian Social Club is the abatement of the COVID pandemic. The Floridian will operate as an authentic 1920s style lounge during the week and a full-blown club with live performances on weekends. Located just 6 miles to pristine gulf coast beaches, our modern, single-level Villa home community features an unparalleled variety of amenities to enhance the ultimate coastal, Floridian lifestyle. Connie 0407221907 or Lucia on 0418 285 846 And this building is soon going to be 100 years old. “I’m a third-generation Chadwick here in St. Petersburg; my kids are fourth-generation,” he explains. “I think it needed a fresh start,” said owner Kevin Chadwick. Could still have had a strong “FL” as part of the branding and logo. Cheers. “The time isn’t as important as the result,” says Chadwick, who adds that interior renovations continue during the current crisis. “This theater is going to be here 100 years from now. The city had more to do with it being sold than anything else. Instead, the historic 1924 building on Central – refurbished, renovated, retro-fitted and re-dedicated – will be known as the Floridian Social Club. “When the time comes, which Kevin expects will be in January and properly socially distanced, the Kara will be ready and waiting,” says ESI Production Services President Erick “Otto” Celeiro. “It almost feels like it’s coming out of medieval times and really blossoming into something more modern, more fun. Floridan Social Club was the perfect fit because it represented something we all have in common. Your email address will not be published. CityZen – Loyal St. Petian & downtowner from the dark old days till today. The destination for luxury Villa living in Florida. There’s already a Floridian in St Pete, so I’m also confused about the choice. Talent buyer contact for Floridian Social Club, St. Petersburg, FL. “I always feel like we’re all connected to the theater as Floridians. The Floridian, for short. It’s fun when you can work on something that is a legacy worth leaving. And walk into this cavernous theater with this huge stage state of the art sound and lights. The 8,600-square-foot building … If you have never heard of the State Theatre, please take a couple of minutes to view the video above to give you some background on the historic site. “You don’t get the feeling of this massive theater yet,” Chadwick says. Now, I am worried. Construction was completed however the site was not able to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.. Tomorrow at 6:00 PM. Genres: All Genres. Petersburg, FL 33701, Copyright © 2020 St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. I just hope the people behind this vision reconsider their mission and message and be open to riding the wave of momentum that has been generated by thousands of performers and generations of their fans. 244 Second Ave N, Suite 201St. The history of the building was saved and removed at the same time. While they have installed the nicest sound and lights PA system of any venue this size for world-famous and local musical performers alike, the Floridian Social Club has been designed to celebrate any kind of event with the community, from weddings to corporate events and everything in between. I, like so many others, have spent decades attending a ridiculous array of shows/concerts at ‘the State’ and have a reverence and nostalgia for my experiences there and its collective history in the character of downtown St. Pete. posted: 25/12/2020 . This new venture still has time. I’ve been very open and encouraging of change, this name change I just can’t understand. As for the genesis of the new name, Chadwick says he had an epiphany a few months back. Dating from 1924, Floridian Social Club serves up an outstanding Beaux Arts facade. Posted on December 17, 2020. The venue on St. Petersburg’s 600 block of Central Avenue announced Monday it will soon go by a new name: the Floridian Social Club. But mostly, to most people, it means exclusivity, segregation, classism, privilege, wealth, and power. It is a modern news platform, powered by community sourced content and augmented with directed coverage. Age: All. ESI Production Services deploys Kara loudspeakers and KS28 subwoofers as mains in The Floridian Social Club's main auditorium in St. Petersburg. Renamed the Floridian Social Club, the Central Avenue performance space wasn’t quite ready for unveiling when the COVID-19 crisis hit. Eventbrite, and certain approved third parties, use functional, analytical and tracking cookies (or similar technologies) to understand your event preferences and provide you with a customized experience. 2. Changing the name of a local institution after 80 years is a huge risk and I hope it’s been carefully considered by knowledgeable people. Exclusivity itself, may create some value to some people, but when it’s novelty wears off and there isn’t the rich diversity of free, fun, vibrant, creative spirits to attract new throngs and unique subsets of the public to regenerate the culture, it will be old and stuffy and stale before you know it. For more information about Floridian Social Club’s entertainment and services, contact Jenny Holla, events director at (727) 742-0122 or via email at jenny@floridiansocialclub.com. Featuring an 800-seat main theater, the venue is ready to host a wide variety of music genres […] Floridan Social Club was the perfect fit because it represented something we all have in common. The group restoring downtown St. Petersburg live music venue State Theatre has given it a new name: Floridian Social Club… 687 Central Avenue. “As you walk through the lounge, the other half of it is in the theater. Florida-fresh wedding, social & lifestyle inspiration ♥ It’s up now; I look at it and I think ‘Wow. The fire marshall changed the buildings capacity, and a concert venues ability to make money is directly tied to how many tickets it can sell. On April 6, long-running St. Petersburg live music venue got a new name, Floridian Social Club. Floridian Social Club, serving the Saint Petersburg, Florida market will operate as a lounge, night club and concert venue. In regards to the Floridian Social Club... St. Pete WTF! Ray Roa. Meanwhile, work continues on the Floridian Social Club. share. 2,739 Followers, 216 Following, 93 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Floridian Social Club (@floridiansocialclub) For more information about Floridian Social Club’s entertainment and services, please contact Jenny Holla, Events Director at (727) 742-0122 or via email at jenny@floridiansocialclub.com. Because of all that, they have certainly earned the right to put their personal flavor or spin into this space. And especially after this period of social distancing, we are all craving to be social. I feel the same and there is no way I could have said it better. I agree that the name should remain the same or perhaps & social club but in our heart if hearts & memories it will always be the state theater & will probably still b called that by those that love it so much, Your email address will not be published. The Floridian Social Club (formerly the State Theatre) is a Beaux-Arts style concert venue in St. Petersburg, Florida.The venue closed in 2017 due to local fire code violations. It’s not open, or over, yet. I can see that the Chadwicks had a big dream, along with the guts, determination, skills and resources to pull it off. Whether you’ve been here your whole life or moved here for a slice of sunshine, we are all Floridians. Contrary to previous reports, St. Pete’s State Theatre will not rise again. Capacity: 800 (in the theatre). Connie 0407221907 or Lucia on 0418 285 846 Whether you’ve been here your whole life or moved here for a slice of sunshine, we are all Floridians. What can locals expect from the Floridan Social Club? From the huge national acts or local performers, grimy and violent punks, to the drug-fueled techno dancers, to ghetto booty nights, to the sad 80’s cover bands, to funk and soul, to metal, reggae, and everything in between; it offered a chance for everyone and anyone to feel like their niche scene had a home venue. 2,739 Followers, 216 Following, 93 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Floridian Social Club (@floridiansocialclub) And that is sad. So why rename it the Floridian Social Club? It was purchased in 2018, with renovations beginning that same year. Chadwick plans the 800-seat centerpiece auditorium as a mixed-use facility, with concerts, performing arts events and even meetings and large gatherings. By posting a comment, I have read, understand and agree to the Posting Guidelines. Yeah I kinda feel like the business owners I’ve gotten to know throughout the years on Central(I’ve been here since 1979, my husband was born at Mound Park Hospital), I’m out. And it won’t be The State. Well said Scott. About Floridian Social Club. Bring your news, your perspective and your spark to the St Pete Catalyst and take your seat at the table. Add your idea below. On April 6, long-running St. Petersburg live music venue got a new name, Floridian Social Club. Contact Booker. In 2018, “it had a lot of problems,” Chadwick said. Islands Pizza Tavern • Tampa, FL. Working with historians from the City, Chadwick was able to find photographs of the then Alexander Bank when it first opened. All that stands between the venue’s history as the State Theater and its new incarnation as the Floridian Social Club is the abatement of the COVID pandemic. It’s a little piece of our history that is going to be a big piece of all our future. Share LUXE Lingerie Show with your friends. Using those as their guide, they have made sure that the building will look exactly the same on their opening day as it did in 1924 (See a rendering of the lobby below). It’ll be an entertainment venue that is so broad, it’s only limited by everyone’s creativity.”. 682 were here. All that stands between the venue’s history as the State Theater and its new incarnation as the Floridian Social Club is the abatement of the COVID pandemic. “We debated a lot of different names,” said Chadwick, sharing that ultimately, they wanted something that could stand the test of time and still be on the building 100 years from now. Instead, the historic 1924 building on Central – refurbished, renovated, retro-fitted and re-dedicated – will be known as the Floridian Social Club. The Floridian will operate as an authentic 1920s style lounge during the week and a full-blown club with live performances on weekends. The restored State Theatre, now known as the Floridian Social Club, is hiring and inching closer to the venue’s opening date. Instead, the historic 1924 building on Central – refurbished, renovated, retro-fitted and re-dedicated – will be known as the Floridian Social Club. I’ve happily participated in and defended the modernization of downtown and the 600 Block for quite a while, unlike most of the OGs, so I’m not just another naysayer. The Floridian Social Club introduced itself to Tampa Bay on April 6 in the form of an online sizzle reel. 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 the time comes, which Kevin expects will be in January and properly socially distanced, the Kara will be ready and waiting,” says ESI Production Services President Erick “Otto” Celeiro. If you are familiar with the State Theatre, then we are proud to introduce you to the Floridan Social Club. Operating Principle "Once they are open (and social distancing is no longer recommended), you’ll be sure to find us grabbing a drink and listening to some tunes at our new favorite Downtown hot spot, the Floridian Social Club." Family and friends Social gatherings for bookings call. Don’t lose your customers before you even open the doors. I feel that Scott pretty much summed up my thoughts. This is a bad look. Once they are open (and social distancing is no longer recommended), you’ll be sure to find us grabbing a drink and listening to some tunes at our new favorite Downtown hot spot, the Floridian Social Club. Subscribe to the St Pete Catalyst Daily Spark newsletter. While understand that everything comes and goes, and the new owners have poured tons of money and everything it takes to rejuvenate a 100-year-old iconic venue, I just died a little inside. The reputation of the State Theatre was overall very positive and could have easily been built upon and carried over as a persevering icon. And on the weekends, it will transform into a club like Downtown St. Pete has never seen before. We’re re-inventing the State Theatre as not just a theater or a concert hall. Photo: Bill DeYoung. For more information about Floridian Social Club’s entertainment and services, contact Jenny Holla, events director at (727) 742-0122 or via email at jenny@floridiansocialclub.com. ... State Social Club would have been perfect. It all started back in 2018, when Kevin Chadwick, real estate agent and third generation ‘Burger, committed himself to preserving a special piece of history in St. Pete as a way to give back to the community. The Floridian Social Club (formerly the State Theatre) is a Beaux-Arts style concert venue in St. Petersburg, Florida.The venue closed in 2017 due to local fire code violations. Now, purchased by St. Pete native and entrepreneur Kevin Chadwick, who oversaw an estimated $1 million-plus renovation that he described as ‘a passion project,’ it’s become the Floridian Social Club, a lounge, concert venue, and event space in the heart of the city’s downtown Central Avenue entertainment district. Over the last two years of renovations, Chadwick and his team have created an 8,600 square foot venue that can host up to 800 people, a considerable amount more than the 600 the space could hold before. Since it was bought and close, I have been anxiously awaiting it’s reopening and preparing to welcome it back as a much needed, reinvigorated venue for our music scene and nightlife. ESI Production Services installs a Kara system in the historic venue’s main auditorium, enabling it to host a wide variety of music genres and other live events. U.S. And especially after this period of social distancing, we are all craving to be social. The Floridian Social Club, a lounge, concert venue, and event space in the St. Petersburg, Florida’s downtown Central Avenue entertainment district has been outfitted with a new sound reinforcement system by specified and installed by local integrator ESI Production Services that incorporates L-Acoustics loudspeakers and affiliated components.. Floridian Social Club • St.Petersburg , FL. I remember as a child seeing movies at the state theater & many many concerts. New owner Kevin Chadwick says renovations are nearly complete. UPDATED: 04/10/20 11:20 a.m. This new branding tells me, ‘those people’ and ‘that music’ will need to find a new home. All rights reserved.Terms of Use • Privacy Policy. Required fields are marked *. 20 comments. christophershuler ⋅ Published: December 20, 2020 (727) 895-3045. https://floridiansocialclub.com. 685 were here. With this new name, branding, vision, I am worried for what may have been lost forever. The venue on St. Petersburg’s 600 block of Central Avenue announced Monday it will soon go by a new name: the Floridian Social Club. Floridian Social Club. Close. Saying that the previous owner sold because of financial hardhsips is vague to the point of being innaccurate. We’re all Floridians, right? It was purchased in 2018, with renovations beginning that same year. Posted by 3 months ago. Review Catalyst posting guidelines here. “In real estate terms, it had pretty much expired – its remaining life … “When the time comes, which Kevin expects will be in January and properly socially distanced, the Kara will be ready and waiting,” said ESI Production Services President Erick “Otto” Celeiro. There’s nothing like this.’”. “Our entire city is going through a renaissance,” Chadwick says. save hide report. When will the Floridian open? The Floridian, for short. When he heard that the last of the great theatres in St. Pete was on the market and that other developers wanted to repurpose the site, destroying the historic gem, he knew he had to buy the State Theatre. L-Acoustics Hangs Out At The Floridian Social Club. Enjoy an afternoon in our state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot clubhouse, unwind at the fully-loaded bar and game room, relax at the fire pits on the lake view deck, or … Save LUXE Lingerie Show to your collection. The 8,600-square-foot former bank, movie theater and – in its later years – concert hall will feature a “really cool, oval, Great Gatsby, turn-of-the-century lounge,” with smaller, intimate sitting rooms that can be reserved for groups. Whistle Pig 12yr Barrel Release Party. The Floridian Social Club: A Place for the Community Member Spotlight: Floridian Social Club (Formerly State Theatre) If you have never heard of the State Theatre, please take a couple of minutes to view the video above to give you some background on the historic site. Floridian Social Club in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sept. 10, 2020. More important to the music lover -- you can listen to local and national bands of all styles -- everything from jazz to punk, rock to ska there. Congressman Charlie Crist got the early-bird tour of the Floridian Social Club Tuesday morning, and like everybody who’s been watching the lengthy overhaul and re-branding of the old State Theatre, he had one main question: When is it going to open? A place where the elite can go to be safe from the lower uncivilized masses. “I’m really excited about what we’re doing. In regards to the Floridian Social Club... St. Pete WTF! I absolutely LOVE that this historic building is being brought back to life with so much care and exuberance, while other local landmarks are torn down and still neglected. Family and friends Social gatherings for bookings call. Construction was completed however the site was not able to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this concept feels to be a step too far into a different world that is not welcoming to those local masses that generated so much momentum in that place over the decades. The Catalyst honors its name by aggregating & curating the sparks that propel the St Pete engine. ST. PETERSBURG, FL – ESI Production Services installed an L-Acoustics Kara system in the Floridian Social Club as part of a $1 million-plus renovation in a historic building that has served as a bank, cinema and concert hall. L-Acoustics Hangs Out At The Floridian Social Club. I’m still optimistic and open-minded. But this change signifies to the everyone, that what was before, will not be again. I really think of it that way.”. Member Spotlight: Floridian Social Club (Formerly State Theatre). 118. “Everything and anything that they can creatively think of,” says Chadwick, noting that they created the space to be a multi-event venue. This is a premium feature. “When the time comes, which Kevin expects will be in January and properly socially distanced, the Kara will be ready and waiting,” says ESI Production Services President Erick “Otto” Celeiro. I’m making sure of that. 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