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Creation Date

2-7-2009

Building Name

Florida Theater, Starke

Historic District

Call Street Historic District

Description

Florida Theater Starke FL

"At 1:00pm on October 4, 1941 the Florida Theatre opened it's doors to the public for the first time. The features that day were "Ringside Maisie" starring Anne Sothern, and a midnight opening of "A Yank in the R.A.F." starring Tyrone Power and Betty Grable. Admission was $.40 for adults, 10c for children, and popcorn was just a nickel! " Air conditioning and a slanted floor in the auditorium, for better viewing, were some of the innovations the Florida Theatre featured.

In 1962 Robert and Barbara Barksdale purchased the theatre. For the next decade the theatre ran pretty much as it always had. Then in 1972 the Barksdales remodeled the theatre. Then in 1984 Lee and Vicki Sparks purchased the Florida Theatre from the Barksdales. Almost everything was remodeled. The single theatre became a duplex and now was called the Florida Twin Theatre.

Contributing Building - Call Street Historic District - National Register of Historic Places NRIS #85003329

Latitude, Longitude

29.94418333, -82.10988611

Keywords

Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Florida Theater; Movie theater; Florida Twin Theater; Historic district; Bradford County (Fl.); Theaters --- Florida --- Starke.

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