Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Polk Theatre and Oﬃce Building
placed on the
By the United States
Department of the Interior
Erected 1993. (Marker Number 93000446.)
Location. 28° 2.597′ N, 81° 57.437′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is on South Florida Avenue north of West Lemon Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is mounted on the building, next to the main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oates Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Munn Park Historic District (about 600 feet away); Polk County Confederate Monument (about 700 feet away); Munn Park (about 700 feet away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Women's Club of Lakeland (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sorosis Club Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lakeland.
More about this marker. The marker is capped
Regarding Polk Theatre and Office Building. Built in 1928 in Italian Renaissance revival style, the 1,400 seat vaudeville/movie palace is an "atmospheric" theater, featuring an elaborate interior resembling an outdoor Mediterranean village. The ceiling, complete with twinkling lights, looks like an open, starry sky. The theater featured Polk County's first air conditioning system. Notable performers who have graced the Polk Theatre stage include Tommy Dorsey, Eddy Arnold, Gene Autrey, Glenn Miller, and Elvis Presley.
Attached to the Theatre is a significant two-story section of street front retail and office space.
Polk Theatre continues to host films, performing artists, and special events, and it received a major restoration in 1999. The building was listed with the National Register of Historic Places on May 27, 1993 (ref #93000446). In 1997, it was also designated a Contributing Property within the Munn Park Historic District, a National Historic District.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Polk Theatre. from the venue's website (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
2. Polk Theatre page on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Entertainment •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. 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.