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Edwards Theatre

  • Also Known As: Sarasota Theater of the Arts

  • Address: 57 N Pineapple Ave
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building


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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1926/00/00 GA Miller Construction Co Contractor The brain child of Sarasota's first Mayor, Arthur B Edwards, the Edwards Theatre is built in the Mediterranean Revival Style to host silent movies, vaudeville and operas.
1926/00/00 Roy A Benjamin Architect The brain child of Sarasota's first Mayor, Arthur B Edwards, the Edwards Theatre is built in the Mediterranean Revival Style to host silent movies, vaudeville and operas.
1926/04/10 Edwards,A.B. Significant name The Edwards Theater opening night featurs the silent film "Skinner's Dress Suit," a concert on the theater's $35,000 Robert Morton Orchestral organ, the Czecho-Slovakian National Band, the Sarasota Male Chorus and soloist Mrs Louise Phillip, daughter of A
1927/00/00 Will Rogers Performer Will Rogers plays the Edwards in Sarasota, Florida.
1928/00/00 A hurricane irrevocably damages the magnificent Rogers Morton pipe organ.
1928/00/00 Ziegfeld Follies Performers Ziegfeld Follies arrive at the Edwards in Sarasota, Florida.
1937/00/00 American burlesque dancer notable for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance, Sally Rand dazzles at the Florida Theater in Sarasota, Florida.
1952/01/31 Cecil B DeMille Director Filmed in Sarasota, Cecil B DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" world premieres at the Florida Theater. The Technicolor movie about the circus life stars Dorothy Lamour, Betty Hutton and Charlton Heston.
1956/02/21 Elvis Presley Performer One day only, Elvis headlines four shows at the Florida Theater performing his top two hits "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" and "Mystery Train".
1956/02/21 The Louvin Brothers Performers The Blue Moon Boys, Justin Tubb, the Louvin Brothers, the Alabama Sandusters, the Carter Sisters and Benny Martin perform at four shows headlined by Elvis Presley.
1956/02/21 Presley's Sarasota show includes three movies, "Wondering Boy", "Corral Cuties" and "Hillbilly Jamboree," all for the adult matinee price of 76 cents, one dollar in the evening, and 50 cents for children anytime.
1956/02/21 The Carter Sisters Performers The Blue Moon Boys, Justin Tubb, the Louvin Brothers, the Alabama Sandusters, the Carter Sisters and Benny Martin perform at four shows headlined by Elvis Presley.
1973/00/00 Late alterations remove many of the theaters Art Deco decorations. The theater becomes a movie theater, complete with plastic laminate and linoleum. In 1973, the theater is finally dark, neglected and vacant.
2008/02/00 From March 2007 to February 2008 Sarasota Opera renovates the original 1926 structure. The $20 million project guts the interior of the auditorium to install a new larger orchestra pit and restores the 3 story lobby.

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Particulars for Edwards Theatre:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Business
Criteria Historic Event
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Level of Significance Local
Architectural Style Mediterranean Revival
Area of Significance Performing Arts
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Retail shop
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Theatre



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 22nd March 1984

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Edwards Theatre
Registry Address: 57 N. Pineapple Ave.
Registry Number: 84003835
Resource Type: Building
Theme Group: Sarasota MRA
Owner: Private
Architect: Benjamin,Roy A.; Miller,G.A.
Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Other
Attribute: Mediterranean Revival
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Architecture, Performing arts
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1926
Associated People: Edwards,A.B.
Historic Function: Domestic, Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Department store, Single dwelling, Theater, Business
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Theater

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