Films and Theaters


Producers have been choosing Clay County as the backdrop for movies since Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954.

It may surprise some to know that the Jacksonville area (especially "Tinseltown") was the mecca of directors until the Hollywood backlots lured the stars westward.

The State of Florida may have incentives available for filmmakers to choose a Florida setting. Check out the Florida Office of Film & Entertainment.

Richard Norman deserves special attention. Born in Middleburg in 1891, he went on to form Norman Studios and focused on producing films for the black community.


Play the trailer . . . if you dare!

Check more films below



Check out the Radiator Transmedia video, filmed at the old County Jail, and which won a Telly Award.


Brenda Starr






Filmed in Clay County. Club Continental was extensively used.







Creature from the Black Lagoon






Filmed in Green Cove Springs and Black Creek.







First Time Felon





Filmed in Clay County.







G I Jane





Filmed at Camp Blanding.








Illegally Yours





Filmed in St. Augustine and the old Clay County Courthouse





Road Raiders





Classic B Movie filmed at the Green Cove Spring port, St. Margaret's Church and other Clay County sites. You can view the film at the Archives.






Generals Daughter





Filmed at Camp Blanding







Manchurian Candidate






Filmed in Clay County













Filmed in Clay County













Filmed in Clay County


Clay Theater

(prev. Wilson's Palace Opera House and Motion Picture Show)

First license permit received 1916 by R. C. Wilson as Palace Opera House and Motion Picture Show.  First recorded on Sanborn maps 1917. Location 420 – 422 Walnut Street.  New theatre license permit dated October 1936.  First license permit showing name change December 31, 1937 by R. C. Wilson.  Clay Theatre license permit by Frank Bryant Mar 22, 1939 and again on October 1, 1940, and October 1, 1941. (Thanks to Sara George Geiger, Neil Geiger, Jack Brooker and L. T. Robertson).  The Florida Master Site file by Stephen Olausen, Historic Property Assoc. , indicates it is of the art Deco style and was constructed in the mid-1930’s.


Rideout Drive-in Theatre

Rideout Theater

The Rideout Drive-in consisted of a 16-mm projector, a rented film and a sheet stretched between the trees. You came in your car, paid so much a head and sat in the yard on your blanket. The project booth was a pole barn. Today you can still make out how it must have been as you drive by on CR 220.

"Sheet theaters" were not uncommon in the railroad era. Little theater companies would travel from stop to stop showing a film each night until the audience would dwindle, and on they went to the next stop. Rideout was unusual in that it was a more permanent business.

"Seminole" premiered in 1953, so this showing might have been from Spring 1955, or so.