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DeLand in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dreka Theater

1922

 
 
Dreka Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
1. Dreka Theater Marker
Inscription. Imagine the front of this now-modern building with parapets, decorative geometric tiles, and elaborate curvilinear windows on the facade. At the center was an ornate kiosk ticket office, naming it for the popular department store adjacent to it, Walter Geissinger developed the theater to capitalize on the emerging movie industries which boomed following World War I. For at least three generations of patrons, the Dreka Theater was DeLand's most popular spot on Saturday afternoons. Double features always included a western movie, often with a "singing cowboy," and a scary mystery or zany comedy. At least two cartoons and an exciting weekly serial kept on the edge of their seats. Tickets under 12 years of age: 9 cents. The theater closed in 1956.
 
Erected by the West Volusia Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, West Volusia Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 29° 1.679′ N, 81° 18.174′ W. Marker is in DeLand, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on East New York Avenue (State Road 44) east of Woodland Boulevard (U.S. 17 / 92), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is mounted on the outside of the building, facing the sidewalk.
Dreka Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
2. Dreka Theater Marker
Seen here looking west along New York Avenue, mounted next to the building's front entrance.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 East New York Avenue, Deland FL 32724, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dreka Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilcox Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller-Fish Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Circa 1883 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Haven Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Public Building (about 400 feet away); Landis-Fish Building (about 500 feet away); First Movie House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in DeLand.
 
Regarding Dreka Theater. The former theater is a commercial/retail building, and at the time of this marker's submission to the database, the building was vacant.

To learn more about the department store of which the theater was a namesake, see Dreka Building under "Other nearby markers" above.
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
The former Dreka Theater image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
3. The former Dreka Theater
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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