First Showing of Sanford Picture at Milane Theatre: Is a Bright, Clear Picture and Sure to Draw Large Crowd When Shown

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Title

First Showing of Sanford Picture at Milane Theatre: Is a Bright, Clear Picture and Sure to Draw Large Crowd When Shown

Alternative Title

First Showing of Sanford Picture at Milane Theatre

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Theaters--Florida
Film
Movies

Description

Newspaper article on the showing of a film at the Milane Theatre that would depict scenes in Sanford, Florida. Such scenes include the construction of new buildings, images of Sanford High School and South Side Primary School, and pictures of local residents such as Edward F. Lane and J. E. Pace.

The Milane Theatre was built at 203 South Magnolia Avenue in Sanford, the former location of the Star Theatre, an abandoned movie house. Scroggs and Ewing, architects from Georgia, prepared the plans for the Milane. The name of the new theater was derived from the combination of the presidents of the Milane Amusement Company president and vice president: Frank L. Miller and Edward F. Lane. The Milane opened in July of 1923 and seated 823 patrons. In 1933, the Milane was sold to Frank and Stella Evans, investors from Lake Mary, Florida. The new owners renamed their business the Ritz Theater and held the property until the 1990s. However, the Ritz struggled financially in the 1960s and closed in 1978 due to failure to compete with the new multiplex theaters. The building remained vacant until 1984, when it reopened as the Showtime Cantina. The Showtime Cantina closed in 1988 and remained vacant and in decay. In the mid-1990s, Ritz Community Theater Projects, Inc. acquired the property and began rehabilitation in 1998. On May 6, 2000, the theater reopened as the Helen Stairs Theatre in honor of the citizen who led the restoration project, Helen Stairs. The following year, the location was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, additional renovations were completed at the theater was renamed the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in honor of the Wayne Densch Charitable Trust Fund for contributing to the renovations fund.

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: The Sanford Herald, August 15, 1923: Milane Theater Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

Publisher

Date Created

ca. 1923-08-15

Date Copyrighted

1923-08-15

Date Issued

1923-08-15

Has Format

Original newspaper article: The Sanford Herald, August 15, 1923.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: The Sanford Herald, August 15, 1923.

Is Part Of

The Sanford Herald, August 15, 1923.

Milane Theater Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

Milane Theatre Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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724 KB

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1 newspaper article

Language

eng

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Text

Coverage

Sanford, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.810527, -81.266859
28.804472, -81.265913

Temporal Coverage

1923-08-15/1923-08-15

Accrual Method

Donation

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History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by The Sanford Herald.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Sanford Herald and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Helen Stairs Theatre." StageClick. http://www.stageclick.com/venue/457.aspx.
"Theater History." Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. http://www.wdpac.com/footer-menu/theater-history/.
"Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center." Seminole County: Florida's Natural Choice. http://www.visitseminole.com/things-to-do/general/wayne-densch-performing-arts-center.

Transcript

First Showing of Sanford Picture at Milane Theatre
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Is a Bright, Clear Picture and Sure to Draw Large Crowd When Shown
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the writer was privileged to witness the first showing of the film depicting Sanford scenes this morning at the Milane Theatre and can truthfully say that it is one of the brightest and clearest pictures ever shown here.
The new buildings are shown in the course of construction, as well as nearly all the larger buildings of the city, street scenes and pictures of the High School and South Side primary schools are so clear that each scholar is easily recognized, and the pictures of Connelly and Pearman are as homely as lifelike. Ed. Lane is easily recognized, as are the pictures of J. E. Pace, recently deceased, who is shown overseeing his celery farm. The different clubs of the city and many other interesting views are clearly shown, and the value of the film as an advertising medium will be great. The date for the public showing has not been announced, but the Herald wants every resident of the city to see it and will let you know when the opportunity comes and earnestly entreats you not to miss it.

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