Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Edwards Theatre 1926
The Edwards Theatre was the dream of Sarasota County’s native son and early notable mayor, Arthur B. Edwards, who dedicated himself to the proposition that a modern city be built on the shores of Sarasota Bay. He was born October 2, 1874, and died November 14, 1969. He served the community as county road supervisor and first tax assessor. In the business world he was active in insurance, real estate, promotion of winter tourism, banking and abstract of title records.
The theatre, of Mediterranean Revival style architecture, was designed by Roy A. Benjamin to accommodate the many varieties of entertainment available at the time: silent movies, vaudeville and opera. The best offered by film and stage was featured here, through the last of the “Roaring Twenties” and early thirties, from grand opera to The Ziegfeld Follies, and minstrel shows. Among others, the well known star, Will Rogers, appeared upon the stage. Later, in the mid-fifties, a rising young singer, Elvis Presley, appeared.
In December 1936 the name was changed to the Florida Theatre. This name was kept until the closing in the early seventies.
Erected 1983 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 27° 20.233′ N, 82° 32.627′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pineapple Ave and 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on North Pineapple Ave. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Sarasota (about 400 feet away); Historic Palm Tower (about 600 feet away); American National Bank (about 700 feet away); Landing of the Scots (approx. 0.2 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seaboard Railway Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sarasota War Memorial/The Doughboy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
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