St. Johns Theatre

109 W. Forsyth Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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St. Johns Theatre

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The St. Johns Theatre was the only downtown theater in Jacksonville that post-dated Prohibition and the Great Depression. It was the last of the great theaters that sparkled and glittered on Forsyth Street. The facade was glass brick, which was illuminated from inside.

It opened on June 5, 1941, with Albert Warner, the vice president of Warner Bros., in attendance. In contrast to the flashy exterior, the auditorium was devoid of any decoration apart from two small grilles beside the proscenium opening. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels.

The running lights of the St. Johns Theatre marquee went out for the last time on September 18, 1960 and the theater made way for an expansion of the Barnett Bank.

Contributed by TC

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glenjay on September 2, 2006 at 10:56 am

I saw ‘Psycho’ at the St. Johns in the summer of 1960. I’m surprised to read what I surely knew at the time, that the theater lasted only a couple of months after that.

StanleyNorton on July 16, 2007 at 11:33 am

The owner of the ST, Johns after its demoltion bought the RIVERSIDE THEATRE and renamed it the 5 POINTS. The St. John’s was the darkest theatre in town with a deco feeling to it. And showed mostly
Universal and Warner Bros films and RKO.

LuisV on February 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

The status of this theater should be changed demolished based on the intro.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

The architect was Robert E. Collins.

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