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Final curtain falls at Showboat theater

The Showboat Dinner Theater, a regional landmark since it was opened in 1967, is being razed. No decision has been made on what to build on the 3.7-acre parcel, though 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.

Crews continue demolishing the Showboat Dinner Theater on Tuesday. The project began last week and will take about three weeks to complete.

Pat Kirke, left, president of Pat Kirke Construction, helps David W. Hanson of St. Petersburg on a last tour of the theater's shell on Tuesday.