Dec 15, Fri 8:00 PM - Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater
Dec 16, Sat 1:00 PM - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Dec 17, Sun 2:00 PM - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Dec 17, Sun 3:00 PM - Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Jacoby Symphony Hall
Dec 19, Tue 7:30 PM - Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater
Dec 21, Thu 7:30 PM - Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater
Dec 22, Fri 7:00 PM - Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Jacoby Symphony Hall
Dec 22, Fri 9:00 PM - 1904 Music Hall
Jacksonville’s theater options are right up there with some of the best in the country. The city’s historically rich venues make seeing a show in Jacksonville a memorable experience, and excellent shows are almost always in town.
The Florida Theatre opened in the 1920s as a movie palace. For sixty cents, the first guests at the theater could see a newsreel, a comedy, a cartoon, a live orchestra performance, and the feature film. Like many theaters from its time, the Florida Theatre is famous for its ornate, lavish architecture. Elvis performed at the Florida Theater in the 1950s and was famously warned by a Jacksonville judge not to move too suggestively on the stage and “impair the morals of minors” who might be watching. The theater, which had lost some of its luster over time, closed in 1980. A movement to save the Florida Theatre began, and enough money was raised to reopen the theater in 1983. The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places. Some recent and upcoming shows at the Florida Theatre include Shopkins Live, Charlie Brown Christmas, and the Moscow Ballet. Celebrities like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Maher often hold events at the theater, and the Florida Theatre is also frequently used as a concert venue.
The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts is the home of Broadway in Jacksonville. Located on the bank of the St. Johns River, the building opened in 1962 and was renovated from 1995 to 1997. The renovations dramatically improved the building’s acoustics. Theater events take place in the complex’s main venue: the Moran Theater, which seats nearly 3000 guests. Sesame Street Live, The Sound of Music, Chicago, and The Lion King will all play at the Moran Theater in 2017 and 2018.