Helen Stairs Theatre, 2000

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Title

Helen Stairs Theatre, 2000

Alternative Title

Helen Stairs Theatre

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Theaters--Florida
Theater--20th Century
Performing Arts--United States
Buildings--Florida

Description

The Helen Stairs Theatre after restoration in 2000. Originally the Milane Theatre, the building was constructed 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 Theatre 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

Original black and white photograph, 2000.

Publisher

The Seminole Herald

Date Created

2000

Date Copyrighted

2002

Has Format

Original black and white photograph, 2000: The Seminole Herald: Cities/Towns-Sanford Collection, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, Florida.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original newspaper photograph, 2000: The Seminole Herald.

Is Part Of

Cities/Towns-Sanford Collection, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, Florida.
Milane Theatre Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

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image/jpg

Extent

70.8 KB

Medium

1 black and white photograph

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Sanford, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.810527, -81.266859

Temporal Coverage

2000

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

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Provenance

Originally published by The Seminole Herald.

Rights Holder

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

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Helen Stairs Theatre." StageClick. http://www.stageclick.com/venue/457.aspx.
Sanford: Our First 125 Years. Sanford, Florida: Seminole Herald, 2002.
"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.

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Helen Stairs
THEATRE

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Citation

“Helen Stairs Theatre, 2000.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed January 17, 2022, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/1146.

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