The Athens Theatre is part of the short selection of classic American theaters in Central Florida. Inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, this local attraction was once the heart of DeLand. It is only located about 2 miles from A Better Place family community. There’s no excuse not to go. DeLand craftsmen constructed the theatre and portrayed the greatest design and construction at the time. It was built in honor of Henry DeLand’s vision to create a city that would become the “Athens” of Florida.
If you love to watch live shows, the Athens Theatre is the perfect place to go. The theatre hosts live performances of legendary classics. For example, scheduled in 2019 are performances of The Lion King, Always Patsy Cline, and Singin’ In the Rain! The Athens Theatre offers a “Rest of 2018-2019 Season” package that allows you to purchase tickets (for the 3 productions mentioned above) ahead of time for a 20% discount! Performers also take on other productions such as Holiday Inn, A Christmas Carol, The Carpenters, The McCartney Project, etc.
This is a great opportunity for young people to combine their passion for theatre with advancement in education. Within the youth theatre, you can participate in monthly workshops or summer camps. In addition, the staff uses theatrical techniques to conduct programs geared toward needs such as emphasis on oral language development, social skill development, and cultural diversity.
Athens Theatre History
Architect Murray S. King designed this historic attraction in 1921. The very first performance took place on the opening night of January 6th, 1922. The performance included a movie, live theatre, and multiple vaudeville acts. On January 5th, 1922, the day before its opening, the DeLand Daily News declared the Athens Theatre to be “Florida’s Handsomest Theatre” and “a gem of architecture”. That is just one reason why this is a great place to visit.
Sit back and Enjoy a Show
The Athens Theatre is located in downtown DeLand near many other attractions. All it takes is to purchase your ticket and enjoy the show. Ticket prices vary depending on seating locations. Whether you’re sitting front row or watching from afar, you can enjoy an interesting production put on by many talented performers. Because the Athens theatre is less than 3 miles from A Better Place, you can make a quick stop while enjoying the hospitality offered at Garber Communities. Give us a call to learn more about our park, or visit us today.