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Athens Theatre

124 N Florida Avenue, DeLand, Florida 32720 USA

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“Historic Theater”

The Athens Theatre is one of the few existing examples of a classic American theatre in Central Florida. Once the centerpiece of DeLand; the Athens Theatre is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King. Constructed primarily by DeLand craftsmen and laborers; the facility embodied the very best in design; construction; decoration and equipment. The theatre’s name was derived from the vision of DeLand’s founder; Henry DeLand; who sought to create a city that would be the "Athens of Florida". During the Depression; "the Athens Theatre was the only entertainment people could afford"; recounted DeLand historian Bill Dreggors. Once the entertainment centerpiece of West Volusia County; the showplace evolved through the decades from a vaudeville theater; to a movie house; a place for community theatre and prom parties; a dinner theater; a video game room; a restaurant; a pizza; beer and movie house; and a teen night spot. Dozens remember it as the site of their first date; first kiss; and even as the place to go for a midnight matinee after the high school prom. Following a renovation in the 1950’s; the building deteriorated and eventually closed in the early 1990’s. In 1993; recognizing the vital part played by The Athens Theatre in downtown DeLand's heritage; MainStreet DeLand Association spearheaded the effort of community leaders and residents to restore the theater to its original splendor. In December; 1994; with the help of a Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation Matching Grant; MainStreet purchased the Athens Theatre for the people of DeLand. Ownership was transferred July; 2004 to Sands Theater Center; Inc. Today; theatre and film festivals; classic movies; independent art films; concerts; dramas; musicals and other live performances are just a few of the programs that are offered along with lectures and educational activities for students and adults. Read Less

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Athens Theatre

124 N Florida Avenue
DeLand, Florida
32720 USA

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