FLORIDA THEATRE PRESS RELEASES

April 2024 Show Press Releases

The Jungle Book (Theatreworks)

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Times – TUE. APR 2, 2024 @ 10:00 am & 12:00 pm

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Ashley McBryde

With Opening Act Meg McRee

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. APR 3, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Swan Lake

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. APR 4, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox 2024

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. APR 5, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Orchestra Noir

Y2K Meets 90’s Vibe

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. APR 6, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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The Classic Rock Show

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SUN. APR 7, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. APR 10, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Etta May and the Southern Fried Chicks

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. APR 12, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. APR 13, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends (Theatreworks)

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Times – MON. APR 15, 2024 @ 10:00 am & 12:00 pm

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Brit Floyd

P.U.L.S.E 2024 Tour

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – TUE. APR 16, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. APR 17, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Don Felder formerly of The Eagles with Special Guests Pablo Cruise & Firefall

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. APR 18, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Jeremy Camp

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. APR 19, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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The Flaming Lips

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. APR 20, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Amy Grant

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SUN. APR 21, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Leonid And Friends

World's Greatest Chicago Tribute

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – MON. APR 22, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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The Psychology of Serial Killers

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. APR 24, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Hannah Berner

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. APR 25, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Yellow Brick Road

A Tribute To Elton John

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. APR 27, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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May 2024 Show Press Releases

Cat Kid Comic Club (Theatreworks)

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. MAY 3, 2024 @ 10:00 am

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KENNY G

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. MAY 4, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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EMO ORCHESTRA

featuring ESCAPE THE FATE

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – TUE. MAY 7, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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One Night of Queen

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. MAY 8, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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In Bloom: JDT’s Annual Spring Repertory Concert

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. MAY 11, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Jim Breuer

With Special Guest | Joe Sib

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SUN. MAY 12, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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The Florida Theatre Ball: Vegas Style

Get Your Tickets Now!

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. MAY 18, 2024 @ 6:00 pm

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Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition

Free Event

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. MAY 23, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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Tye Tribbett

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – TUE. MAY 28, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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An Evening with Lee Asher

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. MAY 29, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Untold Stories – Spring

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. MAY 30, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Tay Tay Laser Party

Featuring DJ Swiftie

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. MAY 31, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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June 2024 Show Press Releases

Ali Siddiq

I Got A Story To Tell Tour

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. JUNE 7, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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It's Time: Girls Night Out

Featuring Kierra Sheard, Naomi Raine, Koryn Hawthorne, and Wande

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. JUNE 14, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Sheila E. & The E-Train

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SUN. JUNE 16, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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Abducted By The 80’s

With Wang Chung, Men Without Hats, The Motels, and Naked Eyes

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. JUNE 21, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Zak Morgan: The Wonder of it All

Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre sponsored by CITI

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – TUE. JUNE 25, 2024 @ 11:00 am; and WED. JUNE 26, 2024 @ 1:00 pm

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July 2024 Show Press Releases

Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?

Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre sponsored by CITI

At the Florida Theatre

Dates & Times – TUE. JULY 2, 2024 @ 11:00 am; and WED. JULY 3, 2024 @ 1:00 pm

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Alice Rocks Wonderland

Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre sponsored by CITI

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – TUE. JULY 9, 2024 @ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

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Quad City DJ’s

With Special Guests | Turbo B of Snap! & 2 In A Room

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. JULY 13, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Brothers Again

A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. JULY 26, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Donny Osmond

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – July 27th at 8 p.m.

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August 2024 Show Press Releases

Christopher Cross

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. AUG 7, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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Maren Morris

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. AUG 16, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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MAME In Concert

The Broadway Musical

At the Florida Theatre

Dates & Times – SAT. AUG 24, 2024 @ 7:30 pm or SUN. AUG 25, 2024 @ 2:00 pm

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September 2024 Show Press Releases

Faye Webster

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – September 9th at 8 p.m.

Press Release

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October 2024 Show Press Releases

Anne Wilson | The Rebel Tour

Opening Act:  Jordan Rowe

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. OCT 4, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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Celtic Thunder: Odyssey

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. OCT 17, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

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Samara Joy

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – TUE. OCT 22, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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The FIXX

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – WED. OCT 30, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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November 2024 Show Press Releases

Whitney Cummings:  Big Baby

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – November 16th at 7 p.m.

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Floyd Nation

Experience Pink Floyd

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – SAT. NOV 23, 2024 @ 8:00 pm

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December 2024 Show Press Releases

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – THU. DEC 26, 2024 @ 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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January 2025 Show Press Releases

Elvis Birthday Bash

Starring Mike Albert, Scot Bruce and the Big E Band

At the Florida Theatre

Date & Time – FRI. JAN 10, 2025 @ 7:00 pm

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Florida Theatre News Press Releases

Florida Theatre is the 5th most attended theatre in the world and the #1 most attended concert venue in Jacksonville!

Press Release & Photos

Photo Credit - Justin Drain

 

7th Annual Holiday Movie & Food Drive at the Florida Theatre benefitting Feeding Northeast Florida on December 18th

Press Release

 

Florida Theatre welcomes new board member Priyanka Murthy

Press Release & Photos

 

A Message from the Florida Theatre about Ticket Brokers:  www.floridatheatre.com is the Only Authorized Website and Ticket Seller for the Florida Theatre!

Press Release & Photo

 

Orlando Resident Wins Coveted Florida Theatre Annual Ticket Drawing in Jacksonville

Press Release & Photo

 

Jamie Kent, Programming Manager of Theatreworks at the Florida Theatre, wins the 2023 Excellence in Arts Education Award from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education

Press Release & Photo

 

Auld & White Constructors Receives An Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence In Construction Award For The Second-Floor Members’ Lounge At The Florida Theatre

Press Release & Photos

 

Florida Theatre Wins CREW Jax Impact Award

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The Red Velvet Curtain From The Historic Florida Theatre Lives On Through Pine Castle And At Hardwicks

Press Release

 

The Florida Theatre Announces Distinguished Committee Chairs & Members For The Florida Theatre Ball In 2024

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The Florida Theatre Announces Changes To Their 2023 Board Of Directors

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Florida Theatre's Attendance Ranks #4 In The Nation for 2023

Press Release

 

Florida Theatre Issues Annual Report For Fiscal 2023:

A Monumental Year Of Shows And Ren"ovation"

Press Release

 

The Florida Theatre Ball:  Vegas-Style

Saturday, May 18th at the Florida Theatre

Press Release

 

Florida Theatre and Duval County Public Schools to host three, free, private sensory-friendly Theatreworks shows for students on the ASD spectrum in April of 2024

Press Release

 

Get Married by Elvis or Renew Your Vows at the Florida Theatre Ball – Vegas Style!

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Corporate Partner Press Releases

Florida Theatre announces a new corporate partner:  First Horizon

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Florida Theatre Announces A New Corporate Partner:  The Haskell Company

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Florida Blue Continues 17-year Partnership with Historic Florida Theatre

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Liberty Landscape Supply Renews Their Corporate Partnership With The Florida Theatre

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Florida Theatre Announces A New Corporate Partner:  Remedy Staffing

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Florida Theatre Announces A New Corporate Partner:  Wingard

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Florida Theatre Announces A New Corporate Partner:  Jon Smith Subs

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Citi Continues 27-Year Partnership With Florida Theatre And Theatreworks

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Florida Theatre Announces A New Corporate Partner:  JEA

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Bono’s Pit BAR-B-Q Continues Partnership With Historic Florida Theatre

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Florida Blue Continues 18-Year Partnership With Historic Florida Theatre

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Remedy Lounge Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2023

 

MEDIA CONTACT:        Beth Carper, Press & Media Relations Manager

                                                beth@floridatheatre.com / (904) 562-5988

 

 

FLORIDA THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW VIP MEMBER LOUNGE,

FIRST EXPANSION OF THE THEATRE’S PUBLIC SPACE IN 95 YEARS,

CONTINUATION OF $10 MILLION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN,

REMEDY STAFFING IS THE NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER

 

The historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville, FL will officially unveil its newest amenity, a brand new 3,000 square foot lounge for its donors and supporters, on Monday, February 13, 2023. Mayor Lenny Curry and other dignitaries will participate in a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. It is the first expansion of the venue’s public space in its 95-year history (click here for images). The Florida Theatre also announced Remedy Staffing as the naming rights partner for the new member lounge. The member lounge will formally be known as the “Remedy Lounge.”

 

The Remedy Lounge was constructed by repurposing the formerly vacant second floor of the Florida Theatre Office Building. Connecting the Theatre to the office building and repurposing the space as a revenue generating amenity for supporters was the brainchild of Florida Theatre President Numa Saisselin. “We all know the Florida Theatre as a great place to see great performances, but we also know it’s aging. We want our artists and audiences to walk out saying, ‘Wow, everything about that experience was first class.’ The Remedy Lounge goes a long way to achieving that goal in the front-of-house area.”

 

The Remedy Lounge will serve the Florida Theatre’s more than 1,300 individual members and Corporate Partners, who make an annual contribution in support of the nonprofit historic theatre and its programming. Individual membership starts at $250 a year, and anyone can become a Florida Theatre member at any time on the Theatre’s website: www.floridatheatre.com.

 

Access to the Remedy Lounge will be from the second-floor lobby of the Theatre, adjacent to the existing men’s room. The men’s room entrance has been relocated, creating a clear path to the Remedy Lounge entrance through the existing vestibule. Within the Remedy Lounge, donors and supporters will find an array of amenities including:

 

  • A 25-foot-long bar, with a backlit Onyx façade and three bartending positions.
  • Two new single-fixture women’s rooms.
  • A new three-fixture men’s room.
  • Flat screen TVs with closed circuit coverage of the stage.
  • A display of autographed headshots of performers who have appeared at the Theatre.
  • A display of Florida Theatre memorabilia.
  • A custom donor wall acknowledging donations to the Theatre’s capital campaign.
  • A full bar, with premium wines and liquors unavailable at the lobby bars.
  • A bar menu that showcases the Northeast Florida brewing and distilling industries, with an emphasis on locally brewed beverages, such as Manifest distillery and breweries like Intuition, Aardwolf, Ruby Beach and Veterans United.

 

The Remedy Lounge accommodates over 300 people standing, and can also be reconfigured to accommodate 150 people seated at tables, enabling the Theatre to utilize the lounge as an alternate performance space on nights that the Theatre itself is dark. The Remedy Lounge will also be rentable for business, civic and private events.

 

With the opening of the Remedy Lounge, the third-floor space that has been serving as the theatre’s Donor Lounge for the last 10 years will be returned to public use, providing Florida Theatre customers access to a balcony level bar and balcony level bathrooms. Simultaneous to construction of the Remedy Lounge, a storage room on the second floor has been repurposed as a brand-new men’s room. Says Numa Saisselin, “In addition to introducing the Remedy Lounge, putting a bar and two restrooms back in service for the public will shorten the lines throughout the building, which is a win for everyone.”

 

The Remedy Lounge was designed by KBJ Architects, and constructed by Auld & White Constructors, with oversight on behalf of the Florida Theatre by Clark Advisory Services. Construction of the Remedy Lounge is the third step in a multi-year capital improvement plan expected to cost $20 million. Some of that work is already complete. In 202o, the Theatre replaced all of its fixed seating with new historically-appropriate seats, doubled its accessible seating, replaced its assistive listening system, and purchased and installed a new concert sound system. In 2021, the Theatre purchased and installed a new stage lighting system. The Remedy Lounge is Phase 3, and the fourth phase comes in the summer of 2023, when the Theatre will close for four months to repair the decorative plaster and paint the lobbies and auditorium; replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; refurbish all of the existing public bathrooms; and move the electrical vault for the building to a higher floor. Further improvements include connecting the street level lobby spaces, restoring the marquee, and the improving the backstage dressing rooms and green room.

 

“The Florida Theatre was not designed for enjoying live shows and musical acts.  It was designed 95 years ago for movies.  We want to make the building functionally better for the way we use it today by improving the lobbies, lounge and bar areas and restrooms with 50-year solutions so we can be financially solvent for the next 100 years,” said Ed White of Auld & White Constructors, who is also a Florida Theatre Board Member.

 

Improving the historic Florida Theatre has been a goal of the nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors. Says Board Chairperson Leslie Gordon, “The Theatre’s 100th anniversary is coming in 2027. Our capital improvement plan is about making the Florida Theatre experience better, and making the Theatre’s finances sustainable for another 100 years. In addition to improving the customer experience, the financial impact of introducing a new lounge and returning the third-floor bar to the public strengthens the Florida Theatre’s fiscal sustainability.”

 

Brian Rose, the owner of Remedy says, “Live theatre is important because there is nothing like it. Joining people together, often shoulder to shoulder, from so many different walks of life enjoying live theatre encourages freedom of thinking, empathy for different points of view, and above all, a place to gather and often let your mind wonder. As Remedy celebrates 30 years in Jacksonville, we believe it is vital as a major employer in the community to support the renovation project currently underway at the Florida Theatre. The Theatre touches so many of us in the community and serves an essential purpose in our vibrant and energetic downtown. We are excited to welcome you to the Remedy Lounge and encourage you to enjoy what the Florida Theatre has to offer our great city.”

 

The Florida Theatre’s capital improvement plan has been funded by private donations, a restoration fee assessed on all ticket sales, and a matching grant from the City of Jacksonville’s capital improvement budget. Says Saisselin, “We are fortunate to have a Mayor and a City Council that know that partnering with arts and cultural organizations is good for our quality of life, and good for our economy.” In a typical year the Florida Theatre generates a $14 million impact for the City, including $10 million of household income supporting the full-time equivalent of over 400 jobs.

 

“For almost 100 years, the Florida Theatre has been at the heart of our modern arts scene in Downtown Jacksonville,” said Mayor Lenny Curry.  “I am excited to see this expansion come to life and look forward to sharing this new experience with our residents and visitors.”

 

 

About the Florida Theatre

There is something for everyone at the Florida Theatre.  From pop, jazz, rock, comedy, country and blues to ballet and opera, the historic Florida Theatre offers over 150 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age.  For tickets, or to learn more about our educational performances for schools, rentals, membership or the nonprofit corporation that manages this majestic place, please visit us at www.floridatheatre.com.

 

About Remedy Staffing

Remedy Intelligent Staffing is a nationwide professional staffing organization with over 50 years of recruiting and selection expertise to match job candidates with positions where they will succeed.  As the franchise division of Employbridge, the nation's largest industrial staffing company with over 400 locations, we are a national leader in workforce management solutions. The recruiters in our locally owned and managed Remedy offices are experts in matching what you do best with what our client company’s value most. A great job for you, a productive employee for our clients. We're dedicated to getting good people good jobs. We have short-term and long-term temporary staffing assignments available along with opportunities for permanent hire. If you're seeking light industrial, clerical, skilled or professional jobs or staff, we have the expertise to assist you. Please check out your local Remedy office for further details.  For more info, visit https://www.remedystaffing.com/.

 

About Community First Credit Union

Since 1935, the story of Community First has unfolded from launching in a high school basement as the Duval County Teachers Credit Union to a 19-branch, 153,000 plus - member financial institution open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in one of the following counties: Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Nassau, Orange, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, or Volusia. Membership is also open to any relative of an existing or eligible Community First Credit Union of Florida member. In addition, Community First offers membership to Select Employer Groups, including all employees of Brooks Rehabilitation, Miller Electric Company, and Web.com. See more info at www.communityfirstfl.org.

 

 

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Florida Theatre Partners With WJCT Public Media To Launch Untold Stories Podcast

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEDIA CONTACT:       

Beth Carper, Press & Media Relations Manager

Florida Theatre

128 East Forsyth Street, Suite 300

Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 562-5988 / beth@floridatheatre.com

 

 

FLORIDA THEATRE PARTNERS WITH WJCT PUBLIC MEDIA

TO LAUNCH UNTOLD STORIES RADIO SHOW

 

SHOW WILL AIR EVERY SUNDAY IN MARCH AT 7 P.M. ON WJCT NEWS 89.9 AND AS A PODCAST

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, March 2, 2023 – The Florida Theatre, in partnership with WJCT Public Media, is proud to present Untold Stories: a new radio program that will also be published as a podcast on all major platforms.  Episodes will air at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings in March 2023 on WJCT News 89.9 FM. 

 

Untold Stories is a project of the nonprofit Florida Theatre.  Honoring the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, Untold Stories live events showcase six local storytellers in quarterly thematic story evenings.  Each episode of the radio program and podcast will feature three stories from a previous Untold Stories event.  The March 5th and March 12th programs will be adapted from the Ebbs and Flows event on November 27, 2021.  The March 19th and March 26th programs will feature stories from the Out of the Swamp themed show on February 12, 2022.      

 

Untold Stories:  Ebbs and Flows was the first live storytelling event of its kind in Jacksonville.  The storytellers of Ebbs and Flows included:  Willie Evans, Jr; Anna Jacobson; Zonnetta Marie; Johnathon Ross; Angela Tenbroeck; and Kedgar Volta.  The musical guest was Meredith Mason.  Click here for their bios and photographs.  

 

Untold Stories:  Out of the Swamp was recorded on the Florida Theatre stage on February 12, 2022.  The storytellers of Out of the Swamp included:  Johnny Masiulewicz; Naga Wasserman; Ebony Payne-English; True Poet; Erica Saffer; and David Girard.  The musical guest was Brent Byrd.  Click here for their bios and photographs.  

 

Untold Stories was born from a simple idea – to bring a captivating live oral storytelling series to Northeast Florida.  The concept was sparked when Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre, and Kevin Stone, Vice President of Programming, were inspired by a storytelling series in another city.  They knew they had to bring this idea to Jacksonville and began working on it. 

 

With the expertise of artistic director Barbara Colaciello, the Untold Stories live series launched in November 2021 and quickly became a hit, offering a unique platform for local residents to share their “untold stories” with an eager audience.  Soon after, Brian Wolfburg introduced the live series to David McGowan, CEO of WJCT Public Media. 

 

After experiencing the power of these stories firsthand, McGowan recognized an opportunity to share the experience with a wider audience, and so the Untold Series radio show and podcast were born.  And now, thanks to WJCT Public Media and the Florida Theatre, the captivating and transformative narratives of Untold Stories can be enjoyed on the radio and in podcast form wherever you go.

 

“The partnership with WJCT Public Media represents a new way the Florida Theatre can connect with the community,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.  “Nearly 1,000 people have seen Untold Stories unfold in the past here on the Florida Theatre stage.  Now, countless more people can enjoy it on WJCT News 89.9 every Sunday night at 7 p.m. in March.  It will also build excitement for our next Untold Stories:  Winds of Change show, which will be live here at the Theatre on March 30th.”

 

Barbara Colaciello, known for her story slams at her theatre space BABS’LAB located in the CoRK Arts District, said “There is nothing more powerful than being in the iconic Florida Theatre, with minds and hearts open, actively listening to some of our city’s most wonderful storytellers.  It’s been a hoot to host Untold Stories, a challenge to cast and get the right mix, and an honor to coach the storytellers who are tasked to open their hearts and dig deep, to stand in their power, to inspire through their lived experiences.”

 

“Storytelling is central to public media,” said WJCT Public Media President and CEO David McGowan.  “Through this partnership with the Florida Theatre, we seek to replicate the magic of a live storytelling event through a shared listening experience every Sunday evening — with the added convenience of a podcast option for our listeners who prefer to do their listening on-demand.”

 

The 2022-2023 season of Untold Stories is curated by Artistic Director Barbara Colaciello of BABS’LAB and made possible by a generous contribution from the Wolfburg Family. 

 

Following the completion of this limited-run series, the Florida Theatre will host Untold Stories:  Winds of Change live on stage on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available at www.floridatheatre.com or by calling (904) 355-2787.  Click here for the press release and photos.

 

About the Florida Theatre

There is something for everyone at the Florida Theatre.  From pop, jazz, rock, comedy, country, and blues to ballet and opera, the historic Florida Theatre offers over 150 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age.      For tickets or to learn more about our educational performances for schools, rentals, membership, or the nonprofit corporation that manages this majestic place, please visit us at www.floridatheatre.com.

 

About WJCT Public Media

WJCT is the community-owned and operated public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958, using television, radio, digital media, and live events to help community members learn, share, and grow.  For more information on WJCT’s in-depth programming content, log on to WJCT Online at wjct.org.  Like WJCT on Facebook (facebook.com/wjctjax) and follow WJCT on Twitter (@WJCTJax) and Instagram (@WJCTJax).

 

About Community First Credit Union (Season Sponsor of the Florida Theatre)

Since 1935, the story of Community First has unfolded from launching in a high school basement as the Duval County Teachers Credit Union to a 19-branch, 153,000-plus-member financial institution open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in one of the following counties:  Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Nassau, Orange, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, or Volusia. Membership is also open to any relative of an existing or eligible Community First Credit Union of Florida member.  In addition, Community First offers membership to Select Employer Groups, including all employees of Brooks Rehabilitation, Miller Electric Company, and Web.com.  See more info at www.communityfirstfl.org.

 

 

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The Florida Theatre Was Nominated For Theater Of The Year By The Academy Of Country Music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:       

Beth Carper, Press & Media Relations Manager

Florida Theatre (904) 562-5988 / beth@floridatheatre.com

 

THE FLORIDA THEATRE WAS NOMINATED FOR THEATER OF THE YEAR

BY THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, April 14, 2023 – The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards nominations have been announced, and the Florida Theatre has been nominated for Theater of the Year.  Hosted by Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, the ACM Awards will stream live on Prime Video on Thursday, May 11th at 8 p.m. from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

 

Theater of the Year nominees includes Crystal Grand Music Theatre - Wisconsin Dells, WI, Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL, Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN, Orpheum Theater - Omaha, NE and Stiefel Theatre - Salina, KS.

 

Northeast Florida garnered two venue nominations.  The St. Augustine Amphitheatre was nominated in the Outdoor Venue of the Year category.  Outdoor Venue of the Year nominees includes Bank of NH Pavilion - Gilford, NH, FirstBank Amphitheater - Franklin, TN, Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA, St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL and The Wharf Amphitheater - Orange Beach, AL.

 

Awards are voted on by Academy of Country Music members, which boasts a record-high membership this year of nearly 5,000 members and serves as a powerhouse advocate for Country fans, artists, and all facets of the business.

 

Established in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards is the longest-running country music awards show and made history in 2022 as the first major awards ceremony to exclusively live stream in partnership with Prime Video. This year’s show marks its return to Texas since the landmark 50th ACM Awards, which broke a Guinness World Record in 2015 for being the most-attended awards show with more than 70,000 attendees at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

 

The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions, with Raj Kapoor, Barry Adelman, and Fonda Anita serving as executive producers and Damon Whiteside serving as executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  Patrick Menton is the co-executive producer. 

 

Follow the Academy of Country Music on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, join the conversation with #ACMawards, and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for the latest news + updates in your email inbox.

 

About the Florida Theatre

There is something for everyone at the Florida Theatre.  From pop, jazz, rock, comedy, country, and blues to ballet, the historic Florida Theatre annually offers over 150 cultural and entertainment events for every taste and age.  For tickets or to learn more about our educational performances for schools, rentals, membership, or the nonprofit corporation that manages this majestic place, please visit us at www.floridatheatre.com.

 

About the Academy of Country Music

Founded in Southern California in 1964 as a regional trade organization, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) has grown in almost 60 years since into a leading association for the country music industry. Now headquartered in Nashville, TN, and boasting record-high membership of nearly 5,000 nationwide, the Academy serves as a powerhouse advocate for country fans, artists, and all facets of the business, as well as a supporter of philanthropic work through charitable partner ACM LIFTING LIVES, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music and providing aid in times of need, with a focus on health initiatives. 2023 looks to be another monumental year for the Academy, with the ACM Awards returning to Texas on May 11 and streaming live for a global audience on Prime Video. Still, the only major awards show to live stream. The Academy also remains relentlessly committed to creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented groups in country music, from the boardroom to the stage, and over the last year, has launched both ACM LEVel Up, a two-year professional development and enrichment curriculum for rising leaders, and OnRamp, a guaranteed income program for Black members of the Nashville music community, in partnership with the Black Music Action Coalition. For more information, log onto ACMcountry.com or ACMLiftingLives.org.

 

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Florida Theatre Announces The 2023-2024 Theatreworks Season

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FLORIDA THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE 2023-2024 THEATREWORKS SEASON

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, May 19, 2023 - The Florida Theatre is proud to present the 46th season of Theatreworks for schools, homeschools, and individuals!

 

Theatreworks provides the best national touring children’s theatre to school-age children on the First Coast.  Founded in 1979, Theatreworks was an independent organization until it merged with the Florida Theatre in 2019.  Each show has themes that fit with the curriculum of Duval County.  Enforcing the curriculum, the shows have study guides to provide an enriching learning experience and discussion points.

 

Introducing children to the world of theatre by providing community programs for local school children has been an integral part of the Florida Theatre’s mission to provide memorable arts and entertainment experiences for all ages.  School reservations, homeschoolers, and individual tickets are all available purchase options for each Theatreworks show:

 

Dot Dot Dot

Date & Times:  November 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Event Link

Ticket Link

Study guide available soon.

Grades:  1-5

Run Time:  60 minutes

Curriculum:  Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Social Emotional Learning.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

Date & Times:  November 20th, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Event Link

Ticket Link

Study guide available soon.

Grades:  K-5  

Run Time:  60 minutes 

Curriculum:  Art, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Music, Reading.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

Frosty:  A Musical Adventure

Date & Times:  November 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Event Link

Ticket Link

 

Download this study guide to enhance the educational experience of the show!

 

Grades:  K-4

Run Time:  60 minutes 

Curriculum:  Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships, and Family.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

Charlotte's Web

Date & Times:  January 24th, 2024 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

(January 30th at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St Augustine at 10:10 and 11:55)

Event Link

Ticket Link

 

Download this study guide to enhance the educational experience of the show!

 

Grades:  K-5 

Run Time:  60 minutes

Curriculum:  Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships and Family, Friendship, Perseverance, Loyalty, Sacrifice.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

The Frog Prince

Date & Times:  February 20th, 2024 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

Event Link

Ticket Link

 

Download this study guide to enhance the educational experience of the show!

 

Grades:  K-5 

Run Time:  60 minutes 

Curriculum:  Art, Family Ties, Folk Tale, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Music, Puppets, Reading, Character Development.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Date & Times:  March 7th, 2024 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Event Link

Ticket Link

 

Download this study guide to enhance the educational experience of the show!

 

Grades:  Grades 3 - 8

Run Time:  55 minutes

Curriculum:  History, Language Arts, Biography, Multicultural, Music, Family Ties, Self-Esteem, Women’s Studies, History, Social Sciences.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

The Jungle Book

Date & Times:  April 2nd, 2024 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

(April 3rd at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St Augustine at 10:10 and 11:55)

Event Link

Ticket Link

Download this study guide to enhance the educational experience of the show!

Grades:  K-5

Run Time:  60 minutes

Curriculum:  Language Arts, History, Music, and Character Development.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends

Date & Times:  April 15th, 2024 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Event Link

Ticket Link

Download this study guide to enhance the educational experience of the show!

Grades:  K-4

Run Time:  60 minutes

Curriculum:  Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies, Teamwork, Friendship, Science, Engineering, Architecture.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

Cat Kid Comic Club

Date & Times:  May 3rd, 2024 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Event Link

Ticket Link

Study guide available soon.

Grades:  1-5 

Run Time:  60 minutes

Curriculum:  Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Creative Writing.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for all seats, plus a $1.50 convenience fee (schools reserve with this online form or call Theatreworks at 904-353-3500).

 

To purchase individual and homeschool tickets, call the Florida Theatre Box Office at (904) 355-2787 or reserve online at www.theatreworksjax.com.  Note: all tickets contain a $1.50 restoration fee, and online orders contain a $10.00 per ticket convenience fee. To avoid the convenience fee, call the Florida Theatre Box Office to purchase.

About Theatreworks

Theatreworks, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Jacksonville, FL, committed to providing the best quality professional touring theatre available to schoolchildren and their families on Florida’s First Coast. Every Theatreworks performance is an arts-in-education concept that includes academic skills such as math, science, history, language arts, and creative writing.

 

About the Florida Theatre

There is something for everyone at the Florida Theatre.  From pop, jazz, rock, comedy, country, and blues to ballet, the historic Florida Theatre offers over 150 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age.  For tickets or to learn more about our educational performances for schools, rentals, membership, or the nonprofit corporation that manages this majestic place, please visit us at www.floridatheatre.com.

 

About Community First Credit Union (Season Sponsor of the Florida Theatre)

Since 1935, the story of Community First has unfolded from launching in a high school basement as the Duval County Teachers Credit Union to a 19-branch, 153,000-plus-member financial institution open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in one of the following counties: Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Nassau, Orange, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, or Volusia. Membership is also open to any relative of an existing or eligible Community First Credit Union of Florida member. In addition, Community First offers membership to Select Employer Groups, including all employees of Brooks Rehabilitation, Miller Electric Company, and Web.com. See more info at www.communityfirstfl.org.

 

 

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The Florida Theatre Ball Raises Over $200,000

 

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THE FLORIDA THEATRE BALL: BIG EASY STYLE, PRESENTED BY DEX IMAGING

RAISES OVER $200k FOR THE ALMOST 100-YEAR-OLD VENUE

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, May 25, 2023 – The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre held its annual fundraiser, The Florida Ball: Big Easy Style, presented by Dex Imaging, on Saturday, May 20, 2023.  The organization’s signature fundraiser raised $200,000 in support of the arts and culture in Downtown Jacksonville.

 

Since its creation, the event has raised $1,684,000 since 2013 for the almost 100-year-old Florida Theatre venue.

 

During the evening, Dex Imaging’s Angela Ward Merritt spoke of the importance of the arts in her life.  “I have been given so many opportunities in my life that have revolved around performing arts and I am truly grateful for every opportunity,” said Merritt.  “Many often forget that our historic Florida Theatre is a nonprofit organization.  Venues like the Florida Theatre are an important part of having a healthy community.  Art is good for mental health and is a universal form of communication.  It helps to create a shared community.”

 

“Running and booking a historic theatre like the Florida Theatre is, in part, a labor of love by the whole community, and we appreciate the community showing up in record numbers and showing their support for the nonprofit Florida Theatre,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre. 

 

Florida Theatre First Vice Chair and Chair-Elect Don Cameron spoke about the mission of the Florida Theatre.  “Our mission, as a nonprofit organization, is to enhance the North Florida community’s quality of life by providing diverse and memorable arts and entertainment experiences, and by preserving a unique historic Jacksonville landmark,” said Cameron.  “Fundraisers like the Florida Theatre Ball allow us to make the venue the best it can be for the artists and audience it serves, and to keep putting great performances on the stage.”

 

The Florida Theatre Ball would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors and the event co-chairs, all of whom are listed below.

 

“We appreciate everyone from the community who came out to pass a good time – Big Easy Style – to benefit the mission of the Florida Theatre,” said Co-Chair Carolyn Klucha. 

 

"Gratitude is a powerful force that brings people together, and I am overwhelmed with appreciation by the attendance and generosity of our wonderful community at the Florida Theatre Ball Big Easy Style.  The success of the fundraiser would not have been possible without their contribution and unwavering support, making a tremendous impact on the Florida Theatre’s mission to provide diverse and memorable arts and entertainment experiences, all while preserving a unique historic Jacksonville landmark,” said Co-Chair Laura Phillips Edgecombe.

 

The next Florida Theatre Ball will be on Saturday, May 18, 2024.


Photos from the event can be found here.

 

Presenting Sponsor: Dex Imaging

Canal Street Sponsors: Auld & White Constructors, Eisman & Russo Consulting Engineers, VyStar Credit Union, and Dr. Gasper and Mrs. Irene Lazzara

St. Charles Street Sponsor: CK Direct

Royal Street Sponsors: Community First Credit Union, Cecil W. Powell & Company, CSX, PRI Productions, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Stellar, WJCT Public Media, Lisa Refling Gibbs, Michael Ward, Jennifer Glock

Frenchmen Street Sponsors: All Pro Asphalt, Edible Northeast Florida, Holland & Knight, Miller Electric Company, Synovus, Teco Peoples Gas, (904) Happy Hour, Unation, and Mr. Chad Labenz and Mr. Michael Meyers

Congo Square Sponsors: First Horizon, Meskel & Associates Engineering, Steven Taylor, Lesley Roberts, Nelson and Judy Bradshaw, PC and Tracy Bryant, and James and Vicki Van Horn

In-Kind Sponsors: AVL Productions, Jacksonville Magazine, More Than Ink Printing

Event Co-Chairs:  Carolyn Klucha and Laura Phillips Edgecombe

Vendors:  Uncorked Occasions, Frozen Drinks Etc. of FL Inc., Bread & Board, Flamingo Coffee, PRI Productions, Beachview Event Rentals, Resident News, Let’s Ride Brass Band, The Band Be Easy, Tom Curran, Chic Booth, Fabulous Faces Entertainment, TAROTARA Divine Insights, Shed Some Light On It, Middle Path Tarot, The Auto Valet, AZ Backstage Catering, Around the Country Hotdogs.

 

 

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10th Annual Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ Benefitting The Florida Theatre September 7th At Bowing Oaks

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10th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS, BOURBON & BBQ BENEFITTING

THE FLORIDA THEATRE SEPTEMBER 7TH AT BOWING OAKS

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, June 8, 2023 – The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre announces its 10th annual Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ event on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Bowing Oaks. General and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.floridatheatre.com or by calling the Florida Theatre Box Office at 904-355-2787.

 

Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ will be at Bowing Oaks this year, as the Florida Theatre will be under renovation during the event.  Bowing Oaks, a Corporate Partner of the Florida Theatre since 2019, looks forward to the collaboration.

 

“We have always been supportive of the Florida Theatre and are glad to have this opportunity to host Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ on September 7th.  I think Bowing Oaks will lend itself perfectly to it.  It is an extraordinary event and we are looking forward to it,” said Jim Efstathion, Owner of Bowing Oaks.  “We are all about good things and good people.  The Florida Theatre represents both.” 

 

“Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ will be off-site at Bowing Oaks this year because the Florida Theatre is undergoing a renovation, but it will still feature a merger of the culinary, brewing, and performing arts that have been so popular at this event. Live music, good food and drink, and good company are a hard combination to resist. Please come and support the Florida Theatre,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.

 

Attendees of this annual event can expect an electrifying evening of live Blues music from the Snacks Blues Band and Henry Jones, unlimited local BBQ, the best craft beer, and a curated bourbon selection.  A complete vendor lineup is forthcoming.

 

Since its inception in 2013, Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ, formerly Blues, Brews & BBQ, has raised $296,697.98 for the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre.

 

Sponsorships are available. For sponsorship information or to apply to become a vendor, contact Florida Theatre Special Events Manager Nicole Karlove at nicole@floridatheatre.com or 904-562-5980.

 

Photos from 2022 can be viewed here. All proceeds from the annual Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ fundraiser go to the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre.

 

About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,900-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. The Florida Theatre is Season Sponsored by Community First Credit Union.

About Bowing Oaks

Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ will kick off the fall season at Bowing Oaks, Jacksonville's premier event venue which is located in the heart of south Jacksonville.  Built in 2014, Bowing Oaks has hosted more than 500 weddings and community events over the past nine years.  For more information, please visit https://bowingoaks.com/.

 

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A Collaboration Between Community Organizations Provides New Access to Arts

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Thousands of Elementary School Students Participate in Pilot Field Trip Initiative

A Collaboration Between Community Organizations Provides New Access to Arts

 

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – June 12, 2023 – The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP), in partnership with Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), the Florida Theatre, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, announced today the launch of a pilot collaborative field trip program for elementary school students.

 

On June 20, 2023, approximately 3,400 elementary school students from both public and charter schools are invited to attend a live performance at the historic Florida Theatre. The effort is meant to increase student interest and access to the arts.

 

“The very first step in improving access to arts education is piquing students’ interest in the arts,” said Kimberly L. Hyatt, CAP president & CEO. “We are excited to implement this research-backed initiative with a group of community partners who share CAP’s vision for Northeast Florida to lead the nation in providing essential and accessible arts education.”

 

CAP's Landscape of Education in the Arts in Duval (LEAD) survey data shows the main priority in service of improving access to arts education for Jacksonville's children is implementing a field trip initiative for all elementary school students. Through CAP’s work with the University of North Florida’s Data Science for Social Good program, data showed that even one field trip experience to a cultural destination like a museum or theatre drastically improves student grades in literacy, math, and science.

 

The students will attend the show Doug Berky’s Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories. The performance will introduce attendees to fables from cultures across the globe and will include a literacy component. DCPS summer learning packets will be distributed to students attending the event, including reading materials to enhance the field trip experience.

 

“School field trips are not just play-time out of the classroom; they’re an opportunity to take what was learned in the classroom and see it brought to life in the real world,” said Numa Saisselin, president of the Florida Theatre. “That is especially true in a theatre setting. Whether it’s watching an acrobat apply the laws of science or a theatrical adaptation of a story told in a book, the impact on a student’s academic success is profound.”

 

Funding for this initiative is provided by PNC Foundation and Rice Family Foundation. In addition, KHA and DCPS will provide bus transportation for all participants.

 

“Exposing youth to the arts encourages creativity, opens pathways to expression and introduces a world beyond limitations," said Kenneth Darity, chief programs officer with the Kids Hope Alliance.

 

 

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About the Cathedral Arts Project:

The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of quality visual and performing arts instruction for school-aged children in Northeast Florida. CAP’s mission is to empower every child’s creative spirit, elevate arts educators in their field and advocate for access and equity in arts education. Learn more at capkids.org.

 

About the Florida Theatre:

There is something for everyone at the Florida Theatre.  From pop, jazz, rock, comedy, country, and blues to ballet, the historic Florida Theatre annually offers over 150 cultural and entertainment events for every taste and age.  For tickets or to learn more about our educational performances for schools, rentals, membership, or the nonprofit corporation that manages this majestic place, please visit us at www.floridatheatre.com.

 

About Kids Hope Alliance:

With the vision that every child and youth will reach their academic, career, and civic potential, Kids Hope Alliance: The Jacksonville Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (KHA), a fiscal agency of the City of Jacksonville, is responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of children and youth programs, services, and activities, accomplished through third-party service providers. For more information, please visit www.kidshopealliance.org.

 

About PNC Foundation:

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through PNC Grow Up Great®, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

The Historic, Nonprofit Florida Theatre Will Undergo A Historic Renovation This Summer

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THE HISTORIC, NONPROFIT FLORIDA THEATRE WILL UNDERGO A HISTORIC RENOVATION THIS SUMMER

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, June 30, 2023 - The Florida Theatre will be closed from July to October of this year for the next round of renovations in its Centennial Campaign, which started in 2019.  The Centennial Campaign was launched to prepare the historic theatre for its 100th anniversary in 2027.

 

During the closure, the Florida Theatre will repair all the flaking and peeling decorative plaster in the auditorium, paint the lobbies and the auditorium with fidelity to the 1927 color palette, replace the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, move the building’s electrical vault from the first to the third floor and update all the public restrooms.

 

These projects build upon projects that have already been accomplished at the Florida Theatre, which include replacing the Theatre’s 1,865 fixed seats, doubling the wheelchair seating capacity, installing a new assistive listening system for the hard of hearing, improving aisle lighting and handrails, especially in the balcony, installing a new concert sound system and lighting system and repurposing the second floor of the office building into the new Remedy Lounge; which was the first expansion of the venue’s public space in 95 years.

 

Auld and White is the general contractor for the project, and Sauer is doing the HVAC work.  Clark Advisory Services is the Theatre’s representative, and the plaster/paint work is being done by EverGreene Studios, who drilled core samples to match the original color(s) of the Theatre.  

 

Saul Lucio, who has been the Technical Director of the Florida Theatre for 40 years, said this is the most extensive work he has seen done at the Theatre (except the Remedy Lounge) since it reopened almost 40 years ago in 1983.  “We have replaced the A/C and have painted the place before – but we have never done it all at once.  This will be a huge undertaking,” said Lucio.     

 

The City of Jacksonville has been an important partner in financing this endeavor, matching private donations dollar for dollar.  The Florida Theatre’s Capital Campaign has been funded by 138 donors and a restoration fee is assessed on all ticket sales.

 

“We want to make the building functionally better for how we use it today by improving it with 50-year solutions so we can be financially solvent for the next 100 years,” said Ed White of Auld & White Constructors, who is also a member of the Florida Theatre’s Capital Campaign Committee.

 

“By the end of this calendar year, over the last four years, we will have raised and spent $15 million on building improvements to the historic Florida Theatre,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.  “After this, there’s about $8 million left of work to do to get the rest of the building where it needs to be, including expanding the entry lobby; a new artist hospitality space; dressing room improvements; marquee restorations; and administrative office improvements,” said Saisselin. 

 

“I have been going to the Florida Theatre for years,” said Don Cameron, Florida Theatre First Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors.  “It has always been great, but this renovation will improve the intimate experience.  Not only will the Theatre be restored to its original splendor, but it will also include the modern tech/sound system, social spaces (lobby, VIP lounge), and conveniences (new restrooms) that you would expect at a new venue.  It will offer the best of both worlds – as it will be vintage and new.  While still offering great entertainment at a great price.”

 

While the Florida Theatre is closed for renovations, it will continue to book and put great new shows on sale for the fall and have off-site events, member events, and more.

 

To learn more about the Florida Theatre, visit floridatheatre.com.

 

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About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,900-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. Learn more at floridatheatre.com.

Florida Theatre Ranked 39th Most Attended Theatre In The World

JACKSONVILLE, FL, July 5, 2023 – Concert industry trade magazine Pollstar released its attendance charts for the first half of 2023 (December 12, 2022, through June 26, 2023); and the Florida Theatre has been ranked the 39th most-attended theatre in the world in the auditorium and theatre category and is ranked 50th in ticket sales, based on gross receipts.

Notable venues in this attendance chart include Radio City Music Hall in New York City (ranked #1 in tickets), the Fox Theatre in Atlanta (ranked #8 in tickets), and the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (ranked #17 in tickets). Notable venues the Florida Theatre out-ranked include the Theater at Madison Square Garden (ranked #47 in tickets), the Grand Ole Opry House (ranked #82 in gross receipts), and Royal Albert Hall (ranked #88 in gross receipts).

The Florida Theatre earned its status on this chart the hard way, one night at a time… which, according to Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre, speaks to the support of Jacksonville and the success of the Theatre’s programming at the 1,865-seat venue. 

In 75% of the time, the Florida Theatre has done 90% of the number of shows they did last year (117 in 2023 versus 126 in 2022) and 85% of the number of tickets they did last year. To date, the Florida Theatre has sold 102,057 tickets with $5,138,361 in gross receipts during the 2023 season.

This ranking is especially significant because the Florida Theatre will be closed from July to October for $8 million in renovations (re-plastering and repainting the interior, replacing the HVAC, updating the bathrooms, and moving the electrical vault from the 1st to the 3rd floor) and will lose 10 to 20 shows during the shutdown as well as the last quarter of its fiscal year. 

Pollstar tracks attendance across the top 200 theatres worldwide each year based on gross sales and the number of tickets sold.

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About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,865-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. The Florida Theatre is Season Sponsored by Community First Credit Union.

Call For Entries For The Third Season Of Untold Stories - Florida Theatre's Oral Storytelling Series

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF UNTOLD STORIES -

FLORIDA THEATRE’S ORAL STORYTELLING SERIES

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, September 7, 2023 – Are you harboring an intriguing tale within you, waiting to be shared with the world?  Untold Stories, the renowned oral storytelling series at the Florida Theatre, is gearing up for its highly anticipated third season.  If you possess a captivating, original story that you’re itching to perform in front of a live audience, we’re eager to hear from you.  We’re searching for authentic, original stories that span the spectrum from uproariously funny to profoundly dramatic, all rooted in the rich tapestry of Jacksonville.

 

Your stories should weave connections to this vibrant city – its people, landscapes, and history.  Submission details are below.  We can’t wait to hear your story.

 

What:  Untold Stories, Florida Theatre’s oral storytelling series, is back for its third season!

 

Where:  Historic Florida Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville, FL.

 

How:  Share your unique original story (10 to 12 minutes in length) with a live audience.

 

Submission:  Submit a video (maximum two minutes) explaining your story’s essence, its connection to Jacksonville, and your passion for sharing it.  Begin by stating your name (spelled out), and provide your phone number.  Email your video to shelissa@floridatheatre.com

 

Confirmation:  You’ll receive a receipt acknowledgment. 

 

Performance Dates & Themes: 

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 – Fall Theme
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 – Winter Theme
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 – Spring Theme
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 – Summer Theme

Requirements: 

  • The story connects to Jacksonville's people, place, and history. 
  • Experience with sharing stories in front of an audience. 
  • Willingness to develop a story with a narrative coach.

Coaching: 

  • Available for four to six in-person or Zoom coaching sessions. 
  • A cast storytelling workshop. 
  • Dress rehearsal week of the show.

Submit your story here!

 

Note:  Written descriptions, lengthy stories, and scripts won’t be accepted at this time.  Please keep your video under two minutes.

 

Previous Untold Stories storytellers include Willie Evans Jr., Anna Jacobson, Zonnetta Marie, Johnathan Ross, Angela TenBroeck, Kedgar Volta, Ebony Payne-English, David Girard, Johnny Masiulewicz, True Poet, Erica Saffer, Naga Wasserman, Yhang Quintero, Yvette Hyater-Adams, Hope McMath, Yanira “Yaya Love” Cardona, Bob Wiltfong, Matt Colaciello, Ana Ng, Michael Jordon, Philip Pan, Grant Nielsen, Antoinette Johnson, Arsun F!st, Tricia Booker, Matthew Abercrombie, Krishna Achath, Dr. Maira Martelo, Elena Øhlander, Tonn Pastore, Taryn "LoveReigns" Wharwood and more.

 

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About Untold Stories

Honoring the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, Untold Stories showcases six local storytellers in quarterly thematic story evenings featuring personal and transformative tales deeply wedded to the place we inhabit told by a diverse range of voices, both natives and residents of Northeast Florida.  Untold Stories is a project of the nonprofit Florida Theatre.  The third season of Untold Stories is curated by Artistic Director Barbara Colaciello of BABS’LAB. 

 

About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,865-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building.  Learn more at www.floridatheatre.com.

10th Annual Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ Raises Over $55,000 For The Historic Florida Theatre

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10th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS, BOURBON & BBQ

RAISES OVER $55,000

FOR THE HISTORIC FLORIDA THEATRE

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, September 14, 2023 – The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre raised over $55,000 during its 10th annual Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ event last week at Bowing Oaks.  Many thanks to all the vendors, sponsors, members, and Theatre supporters who donated their services and purchased tickets to this amazing fundraiser!

 

Publix Charities was the Presenting Sponsor of the September 7th event benefitting the historic Florida Theatre.  “Publix Charities is proud to support the Florida Theatre as they provide diverse and memorable arts and entertainment experiences.  We are happy to help in their important work,” said Kelly Williams-Puccio, Executive Director of Publix Charities.

 

Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ, was held at Bowing Oaks this year, as the Florida Theatre is still under renovation with plans to reopen in October. Bowing Oaks has been a Corporate Partner of the Florida Theatre since 2019.  "Bowing Oaks is proud to be a Corporate Partner with the Florida Theatre and was honored to host this year's Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ event,” said Jim Efstathion, Owner of Bowing Oaks.  “We look forward to our continued partnership with the Theatre and hosting many more events for the Jacksonville community."

 

“Blues, Brews & BBQ has been a regular part of the Florida Theatre schedule since 2013.  Adding a fourth ‘B’ to the equation, Bourbon, gave the event another dimension of Southern food and beverage culture to explore, and having the event at Bowing Oaks also added another dimension,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.  “The Florida Theatre is closed for renovations this summer, and we’re so grateful to owner Jim Efstathion and his staff at Bowing Oaks for taking us in.  We’re also grateful to the sponsors, including Publix, Bold City, Manifest, Bono’s, and the ticket buyers for supporting the nonprofit Florida Theatre.  We’re open again on October 28th with a full slate of shows now on sale at floridatheatre.com.”

 

Attendees of this annual event enjoyed an electrifying evening of live Blues music from the Snacks Blues Band and Henry Jones, unlimited local BBQ, the best craft beer, and a curated bourbon selection.

 

“We always love supporting the local gem that we call the Florida Theatre, but when you include  Bourbon, Local Brews, Blues Music, and tasty BBQ, the decision is a no-brainer!  It's one of our favorite events of the year,” said Brian Miller, Owner of Bold City Brewery. 

 

“Thanks so much for the great partnership,” said Jim Webb – VP Development/Partner with Manifest.  “It was a great event, and we enjoyed meeting new people and seeing tried and true supporters of the Florida Theatre.  Can’t wait to be there on (re)opening night in October.”

 

“Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ is one of our favorite events of the year.  It truly allows us to showcase our food and catering capabilities at Bono’s Pit BBQ with one of our favorite partners, the Florida Theatre,” said Josh Martino, President of the Home Team Restaurant Group.  “We are excited for the many upcoming shows and performances at one of our favorite venues in town and can’t wait to see the amazing renovation.”

 

The Florida Theatre wishes to thank all the generous vendors and sponsors below who made this wonderful event possible:

 

VENDORS -

 

Blues

Snacks Blues Band

Henry Jones

 

Brews

AIBC (Amelia Island Brewing Co.)

Ancient City Brewing

Bold City Brewery

Legacy Ale Works

Ruby Beach Brewing Co.

Seven Bridges Grille

Southern Swells Brewing Co.

Veterans United Craft Brewery

Wicked Barley Brewery

 

Bourbon/Spirits

Blue Note Bourbon

Manifest

Post Meridiem Canned Cocktails

 

BBQ

Bono’s Pit BBQ Since 1949

G’s Slow-Smoked BBQ

Legacy Ale Works

Mojo BBQ

Seven Bridges Grille

The Bearded Pig

The Grub Brothers Competition BBQ

Underbelly

Wicked Barley Brewery

 

Desserts

Cinotti’s Bakery

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Small Cakes

 

Venue

Bowing Oaks

 

Miscellaneous

Axe Champ

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

SPONSORS -

  • AVL – In-Kind Sponsor
  • CK Direct – Brew Sponsor
  • Community First Credit Union – VIP Sponsor
  • Eisman & Russo – Blues Sponsor
  • Millennium Physician Group – Brew Sponsor
  • Publix – Presenting Sponsor

 

Click here to see photos of the event.  All proceeds from the annual Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ fundraiser will go to the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre, which will reopen after the next phase of renovations is complete on October 28th for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

 

Since its inception in 2013, Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ, formerly Blues, Brews & BBQ, has raised $351,697.98 for the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre.

 

To see all the exciting events that are coming up and for tickets to all future shows, please visit www.floridatheatre.com.    

 

About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,865-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. The Florida Theatre is Season Sponsored by Community First Credit Union.  To learn more, visit www.floridatheatre.com.

 

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Untold Stories Is Back For A Third Season At The Newly Restored Historic Florida Theatre

 

 

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UNTOLD STORIES IS BACK FOR A THIRD SEASON AT THE NEWLY RESTORED HISTORIC FLORIDA THEATRE

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, October 4, 2023 – The Florida Theatre is proud to present the third season of its storytelling series, Untold Stories, with the first performance, Untold Stories – Fall, on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at the newly restored historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville.  Individual show and season tickets are available at www.floridatheatre.com or (904) 355-2787.  Patrons who purchase season tickets will receive a 25% discount:

 

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. – Fall Theme
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Winter Theme
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Spring Theme
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Summer Theme

 

The storytellers for Untold Stories – Fall are Fuada Velic, Ron Rothberg, Drew Brown, Allison Galloway-Gonzalez, Eva Grayzel, and Reign Supreme.  Music curation by Willie Evans Jr.  See their bios here.

 

Honoring the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, Untold Stories showcases six local storytellers in quarterly thematic story evenings featuring personal and transformative tales deeply wedded to the place we inhabit told by a diverse range of voices, both natives and residents of Northeast Florida.

 

A casting call went out on September 1, 2023.  North Florida residents can still apply to become a cast member of Untold Stories. More information can be found here.

 

Untold Stories is a project of the nonprofit Florida Theatre.  The 2023-2024 season of Untold Stories is curated by Artistic Director Barbara Colaciello of BABS'LAB.  Read Barbara’s bio here.

 

“Untold Stories is not an open mic night.  It is a professionally curated evening of storytellers whose work has been thematically organized to make a compelling and entertaining evening.  That said, everyone is local, and all the storytellers come from different backgrounds and experiences.  They’re you and me,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.

 

"These evenings are not merely a collection of individual stories but rather a cohesive whole, akin to a series of mini-plays, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from laughter to tears, from introspection to inspiration.  Something new this season is that our musical guests will create a soundscape throughout, intertwining the magic of music with the power of storytelling," said Barbara Colaciello, Artistic Director of BABS'LAB.

 

In case you missed it, here are photos from past seasons.  In addition, you can catch season one of Untold Stories on the WJCT podcast on FM 89.9.  Read more about that here.

 

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About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,865-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building.  Learn more at www.floridatheatre.com.

The Newly Renovated Historic Florida Theatre Is Set To Reopen October 28, 2023

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THE NEWLY RENOVATED HISTORIC FLORIDA THEATRE IS SET TO REOPEN OCTOBER 28, 2023

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, October 9, 2023 – The wait is over.  The paint and plaster are dry.  The newly renovated historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville is set to reopen on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 8 p.m. for The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Mayor Donna Deegan and other dignitaries will participate in a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. inside the lobby/auditorium for the big reveal.

 

The Florida Theatre has been closed since mid-July (2023) to renovate the 96-year-old facility.  All the flaking and peeling decorative plaster in the auditorium has been repaired, the lobbies and the auditorium have been painted with fidelity to the 1927 color palette, the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system has been replaced, and the building’s electrical vault has been moved from the first to the third floor.  But probably the thing people will notice the most is that all the public restrooms have been updated.  Ironically, the Florida Theatre will reopen around the 40th anniversary of the last major renovation that took place in 1983.  See photos of the summer 2023 restoration here.  

 

These projects build upon projects that have already been accomplished at the Florida Theatre, which include replacing the Theatre’s 1,865 seats, doubling the wheelchair seating capacity, installing a new assistive listening system for people who are hard of hearing, improving the aisle lighting and handrails, especially in the balcony, installing a new concert sound system and lighting system, and repurposing the second floor of the office building into the new Remedy Lounge, which was the first expansion of the venue’s public space in 95 years.

 

This project has been a labor of love…from The City of Jacksonville (who has matched private donations) to the Centennial Campaign donors to Florida Theatre Members to the Principal Artisans below who have been feverishly restoring the building to its original grandeur over the summer…and everyone in Northeast Florida who has ever bought a ticket to a show at the Florida Theatre and paid the $4.50 restoration fee…to maintain and preserve this Jacksonville jewel.

 

“The Florida Theatre is one of downtown Jacksonville's gems.  With its 100th birthday approaching, this is an exciting time to restore the Theatre to its full splendor,” said Mayor Donna Deegan.  “I look forward to seeing the Theatre’s facelift and supporting our City’s vibrant performing arts scene by attending a show when it reopens – and I encourage everyone to do the same.”

 

Auld and White Constructors was the general contractor for this project.  Sauer Mechanical did the HVAC work.  EverGreene Architectural Arts did all the plaster/paint work and restored the tapestries.  And Beacon Electric moved the electrical vault from the first to the third floor so it would no longer be a flood risk. 

 

“Auld & White Constructors is honored to have been Florida Theatre's Construction Partner for its renovations and next-generation mechanical system upgrades.  AWC recognizes that the timely completion of the recent work at Jacksonville's iconic cultural hub was critical in enhancing the patron experience for the Theatre's upcoming shows and Centennial Celebration.  I'm proud of our team's hard work and unwavering dedication to preserving the legacy and building the future of this historic Northeast Florida landmark for years to come,” said Nate Marty, CEO of Auld & White Constructors.

 

“Sauer Mechanical is proud to participate in the historic Florida Theatre renovation.  During the shut-down period, we have replaced the aging rooftop chillers with new Daikin air-cooled chillers and the sixth-floor custom-built air handler and outdoor air unit with all associated chilled water piping air distribution.  HVAC upgrades during this phase also included demolition of the boiler system no longer in use, replacing restroom exhaust fans, and upgrading the controls system,” said Heather Staggs-Miller, Project Manager with Sauer Mechanical.

 

“There were several things that were unique about the Florida Theatre project,” said Jeff Greene AIC-PA, Executive Chairman & Founder of EverGreene Architectural Arts.  “Like the mysterious connection to John Eberson, one of America’s most prominent architects known for movie palace designs in the atmospheric theatre style (the outdoor feel inside).  The original four faux tapestries that hang in the Florida Theatre were painted.  Since they are the same size and have the same imagery as the ones in the Tampa Theatre (which Eberson did), we were able to replicate them.  When we did our forensic research and put all the Theatre finishes under the microscope, we realized they were painted with the same paint and style that Eberson used.  His signature, per se.  It was fascinating to see what his influence did.”

 

Greene said, “A big part of what we do at EverGreene is connect back to history.  We wanted to return the Florida Theatre to its original, authentic self.  When the building was renovated in the 1970s, they moved away from that a bit.  We wanted to return as accurately as possible to what it looked like in 1927.  The challenge was the short time frame we had.  The surprise or mystery was the Eberson connection.  But we did our research, added some interpretation, and found the harmony and balance we were striving for.”

 

“As a lifelong resident of Jacksonville with many wonderful memories surrounding the Florida Theatre, this project has been a challenging opportunity for Beacon as well as an honor to be part of,” said Shawn Heath, Owner of Beacon Electrical Contractors.  Beacon moved the building’s electrical vault from the first to the third floor and replaced most of the electrical panels and the conduit systems that supply power to the electrical panels.

 

“Over the last four years, by the end of this calendar year, we will have raised and spent $15 million on building improvements to the historic Florida Theatre,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.  “After this, there’s about $8 million left of work to do to get the rest of the building where it needs to be, including expanding the entry lobby, a new artist hospitality space, dressing room improvements, marquee restorations, and administrative office improvements,” said Saisselin.  According to Saisselin, the cherry on top would be bringing the original vertical blade sign back (pictured here) that used to adorn the Theatre.

 

All of these projects, under the banner of the Centennial Capital Improvement Plan, which started in 2019, aim to prepare the historic Florida Theatre for its 100th birthday in 2027 and the next 100 years.

 

“Our $15 million renovation has intensified the already unique Florida Theatre experience - it’s truly at a new level.  And we can’t wait for our customers to see!  As the Theatre approaches its 100th birthday in 2027, we must remember – this is one of the last remaining theatres of its kind in our country!  And we have to take care of it, nurture it, and support it so we can continue to laugh, cry, dance, sing, and do all that we do in our beloved Florida Theatre,” said Dr. Leslie Gordon, Ed.D., Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the Florida Theatre.

             

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About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,865-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building.  Learn more at www.floridatheatre.com.

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