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Polk Theatre (Lakeland, Florida)

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Owner  Private
Current use  Performance Theatre
Capacity  1,400
Type  Atmospheric
Built  1927
Phone  +1 863-682-7553
Polk Theatre (Lakeland, Florida)
Location  121 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, Florida
Architect  James E. Casale, George A. Miller
Address  139 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33801, USA
Similar  Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Center, Silvermoon Driveā€‘in, Explorations V Children, Munn Park Historic District

The Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida is a historic theater located at 121 South Florida Avenue.

The 1,400 seat theatre was built in 1928 after the local business "boom" of the town had ended and despite the fact that the population was only 15,000 inhabitants. In 1982, a group of concerned citizens banded together to save the theatre from being razed due to low attendance. Local citizens formed a non-profit group, borrowed money, secured a grant from the state, and purchased the theatre for $300,000. The Theatre has a mezzanine, a high balcony, a permanent backdrop of a "Venetian piazza," an orchestral pit, high twinkling stars, a cloud-covered ceiling, and terrazo floor. The air-conditioning system (the first in the county) was a pump that used artesian well water to chill the building.

Under the name Polk Theatre and Office Building, the building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

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Polk Theatre (Lakeland, Florida) Wikipedia


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