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Inverness in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Valerie Theater

207 Courthouse Square

 
 
Valerie Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2018
1. Valerie Theater Marker
Inscription.
Mrs. Pearl G. Maddox built the theatre in 1926-27 during the silent movie era, naming it the Valerie after her daughter. The first movie shown was “The Only Woman” in 1927; the last was “The Untouchables” in 1987. Herbert Pittman of Clearwater leased the theatre when “talking equipment” was installed. Prices were 10 cents for children and 25 cents for adults. At a time when other towns prohibited Sunday shows, City Council boldly adopted a resolution to permit Sunday movies, boosting trade in the City and making the Theatre a social focal point for many years. The theatre was gutted by fire in 1939 and rebuilt. In 1962, daily clips from the movie “Follow That Dream” were viewed with Elvis in attendance. The building remained vacant from 1987 until the City purchased it in 2009. With community involvement and detailed planning a grand reopening was held for the Valerie Theatre Cultural Center in June 2015.
 
Erected 2015 by City of Inverness, Florida.
 
Location. 28° 50.182′ N, 82° 19.794′ W. Marker is in Inverness, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is on Courthouse Square 0.1 miles north of West Main Street (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
Marker detail: Valerie Theater, circa late 1920s image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Valerie Theater, circa late 1920s
. Marker is a large bronze-like plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just left of the main entrance. The marker and subject building are directly across Courthouse Square from the Old Citrus County Courthouse building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness FL 34450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Citrus County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 109 Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Korea and Viet Nam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Persian Gulf War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Citrus County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dampier Building (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I and World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
 
Also see . . .
1. Valerie Theatre. This small town theatre was built in 1925 in the little town of Inverness Florida. When completed, it cost $26,000 with velour curtains that cost $500 which was quite grand in the day. It was
Valerie Theater Plaque (<i>mounted on wall, beside door, behind ticket booth</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2018
3. Valerie Theater Plaque (mounted on wall, beside door, behind ticket booth)

Valerie Theater
Inverness, Florida
Re-dedicated to the people of Inverness, Florida
May 2015 A.D. by the Mayor and City Council
Jacquie Hepfer, President
David Ryan, Vice President
Linda Bega * Ken Hinkle * Cabot McBride
Bob Plaisted, Mayor
Frank DiGiovanni, City Manager
Deborah Davis, City Clerk
Marc Black, Project Manager
Clancy & Theys, General Contractor
Gator Sktch, Architect * Avatar Consultants
considered one of the most modern and beautiful theatres at the time. It opened with the movie “The Only Woman”, starring Norma Talmadge. Miss Mary Schofield was the pianist who accompanied the stars in the silent movies. Tickets were 10 cents for matinee and children performed vaudeville during intermissions. (Submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. History of the Valerie Theatre. At a time when other towns prohibited Sunday shows, City Council boldly adopted a resolution to permit Sunday movies, boosting trade in the City and making the Theatre a social focal point for many years. The theatre was gutted by fire in 1939 and rebuilt. In 1962, daily clips from the movie “Follow That Dream” were viewed with Elvis in attendance. (Submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Valerie Theater (<i>wide view; marker visible on wall, left of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2018
4. Valerie Theater (wide view; marker visible on wall, left of entrance)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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