St. Johns Theatre
109 W. Forsyth Street,
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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.
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