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Will the Florida Theatre’s Darkened Stages and Empty Seats Survive COVID?

The iconic marquee at the Florida Theatre is among the most recognized landmarks in the downtown Jacksonville landscape. Since its second act from a movie house to a performing arts venue, the neon lights have illuminated some of the biggest names in entertainment, until March when it all went dark. No one could have predicted what was to come in early 2020. After closing out 2019 on a high note, the year was off to an auspicious start. But when Numa Saisselin, president of the Florida Theatre, took the stage March 12 to welcome the audience to that evening’s show …

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Florida Theatre, Civic Cinema, All the Presidents Men, Photo by Cristina Danielle O'Connor

Florida Theatre Promotes Civic Engagement in Jacksonville

CIVIC CINEMA AT THE FLORIDA THEATRE The brisk fall air drifted through the streets below the sparkling Florida Theatre marquee before the theatre’s Civic Cinema debut. Patrons gathered in line after work, conversing about the state of relations between politics and the media ahead of the first movie of the series, All the President’s Men, with a panel discussion to follow. Florida Theatre President, , opened the evening with a brief speech thanking sponsor Community First Credit Union for the season, and Times Union Media and AVL Productions for making the night possible. The audience settled into their seats with …

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10 QUESTIONS with NUMA SAISSELIN, PRESIDENT of the FLORIDA THEATRE

  April 8, 1927, opening night at the .  The program that evening boasted fanfare from the American Legion Bugle Corps, a live beauty pageant, and a live performance by Frank Morris and the Brilliant Florida Orchestra.  The feature attraction that evening was a two-real silent film titled “Let it Rain” (1927).  Organist Robert E. Mitchell accompanied the film on the theatre’s new $100,000 Wurlitzer pipe organ. The Florida Theatre has a rich history, including a notorious 1956 performance by rock n’ roll icon on August 10 and 11. At the time of his performance Presley was riding a wave of success …

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Merle Haggard, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville 9/25/15

Photo Gallery: Merle Haggard at the Florida Theatre

Country legends don’t come much bigger than , the man who practically invented the Bakersfield sound on classic hits like “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am,” “Mama Tried,” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” His rusty voice and incredible songwriting abilities came to  at the  on Sunday Jan. 25. EU’s photographer Fran Rulchalski was there to capture the event.  www.franruchalskiphotographer.com    

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On Stage – where actors play

We here at EU have the solemn (and often fun) duty of getting our readers out of the house and out into the world. This spring there are lots of great venues helping us in our duty. Because whether you like grooving to retro tunes, rocking out, taking in a musical or simply laughing at life, there’s a show on this list that will get you out of the house. Some venues, such as the community theatres, take advantage of our great pool of talented locals. Others bring in acts from around the country and the globe that we would …

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october, 2021

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