Garden Theatre ownership transfered to city
WINTER GARDEN, FL — The City of Winter Garden has assumed ownership of the restored 1935 Garden Theatre, which reopened during February, 2008. This action was requested by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, operators of the theatre. As a result, the City government will pay off the remaining construction and mortgage debts the Heritage Foundation owed, and will also be responsible for maintaining the building. The Foundation will lease the building from the City.
This is considered a sweetheart deal by all who have been so heavily involved in the renovation and operations of the Garden. It gives the management of the theatre freedom to focus on artistic expression and operations, without the burden of confronting the debts.
The next events scheduled at the Garden are a jazz festival, “Jazz on Edge” February 5 and 6, and the Beth Marshall Presents production of “Driving Miss Daisy” February 12-28. Reservations can be made by calling 407-877-GRDN (4736).
I hate to be negative, but I still can’t stand that new ceiling. It has not grown on me at all. It makes the place look like a modern attempt to capture classic cinema in a main multiplex auditorium, or something like that.