Edwards Theatre

Edwards Theatre

Location: West of Main Street on Pineapple Ave.
  The Edward's Theatre, the dream of Sarasota County's native son and the City's first Mayor, Arthur B. Edwards, 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 15, 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.

This building of Mediterranean Revival Style Architecture was designed by Lloyd 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 features here through the last of theRoaring Twenties" and the early thirties, from Grand Opera to "The Zeigfield 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 Presly, appeared.

In December 1936, the name was changed to "The Florida Theatre," which name was kept until the closing the early seventies. The "Edwards" is now the home of the "Asolo Opera Guild."