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Review: Gallagher slams the door on the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

Fruit bits fly through the air at Gallagher's performance on March 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

Terri Bryce Reeves

Fruit bits fly through the air at Gallagher's performance on March 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

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On Sunday night, Gallagher, who grew up and lives in Tampa, staged "Gallagher's Last Smash," the final event at Clearwater's 93-year-old Capitol theater before it closes for a $7 million expansion and renovations.

The show was billed as Gallagher's last public performance in the Tampa Bay area before he retires his Sledge-O-Matic, a device he uses to smash fruits and vegetables during his act.

Complimentary plastic yellow hard hats were passed out at the door. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos presented the funny guy, now 66, with a sledgehammer from the city. Gallagher sloshed up the mayor's tie with a juicy watermelon in return. Together, they pretended to blow up the old theater with some fake TNT.

For Terri Bryce Reeves' full review, click here.

Before the show, Ben Montgomery spent some time with Gallagher as he prepared for his final public show in (or near, at least) his hometown. Click here to read it.



[Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:58pm]

    

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