Sanford's Broadcast Hour

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Sanford's Broadcast Hour

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Sanford's Broadcast Hour


Sanford (Fla.)
Radio--United States
Broadcasting--United States


Newspaper article announcing WJZ's broadcast from the Milane Theatre planned to air June 25, 1926.

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.


Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: This Week in Sanford, Vol. 01, No. 23, June 21, 1926, page 1: Item number DP0008900. Central Florida Memory.


This Week in Sanford
Curnick, Arthur R.

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ca. 1926-06-21

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Original newspaper articleThis Week in Sanford, Vol. 01, No. 23, June 21, 1926, page 1: Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

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Digital reproduction of original newspaper articleThis Week in Sanford, Vol. 01, No. 23, June 21, 1926, page 1.

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This Week in Sanford, Vol. 01, No. 23, June 21, 1926.
Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Milane Theatre Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Sanford, Florida
New York City, New York

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Originally published by This Week in Sanford.

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

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Cepero, Laura

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"Helen Stairs Theatre." StageClick.
"Theater History." Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.
"Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center." Seminole County: Florida's Natural Choice.



By Station WJZ, Radio Corporation of America, 8 to 9 o'clock the evening of Friday, June 25, out of New York City to the World, will consist of a series of sections of an Address setting forth those Facts about Sanford and Seminole County which most truly and attractively represent this City and Section as the right place in Florida for the right people to come to. Mayor Lake stated, Saturday, that he will go to New York in time to deliver Sanford's invitation to the Country at large to come, see, and be convinced. Between the sections of the main address of the Broadcast Hour as arranged for in New York by Arthur R. Curnick, editor and publisher of THIS WEEK IN SANFORD, artists of high repute will give musical selections voicing the period history of Florida, and the great orchestra of WJZ will assist. On the stage of Milane Theater a loud-speaker will be installed under direction of Manager Marentette by Hoff-Mac Battery Company of Sanford, to convey the New York program to the people of Sanford and the County who attend on next Friday Night, June 25, eight to nine.

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