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Curtain falls on Showboat theater

Demolition crews continued Tuesday to raze the Showboat Dinner Theater, a regional landmark since its 1967 opening in Pinellas County.

No decision has been made on what to build on the 3.7-acre parcel near St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. But possibilities include a hotel, a fast-food restaurant and a convenience store, said Clearwater lawyer Nathan Hightower, who represents the company that leases the land, FSU Trent.

The Showboat closed in May 1995, and its contents were auctioned to help pay back rent and property taxes. In its heyday, the theater attracted such stars as Mickey Rooney, Dorothy Lamour and June Allyson and guests such as Mamie Eisenhower.

Demolition, which began last week, will take about three weeks.

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