Annex Theatre

830 Klondike Street,
Winter Garden, FL 34787

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Annex Theatre, Winter Garden, Florida

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After the Gem Theatre closed in downtown Winter Garden, Florida in 1948, Collie Biggers decided to construct a theatre in the city for African-American patrons. The Annex Theatre was constructed and opened in 1950 on Klondike Street in East Winter Garden.

Resembling a large quonset hut on the outside, it seated about 300 and had no concessions. The projection equipment from the closed Gem Theatre’s booth was moved to the Annex. The theatre closed in 1963, and the building is now owned by Orange County and is the site of the Maxey Community Center.

Contributed by Irv Lipscomb

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irvl
irvl on May 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

View link here[url]for a 2001 picture of the Annex Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Click here for a 2001 picture of the Annex Theatre courtesy of Irv Lipscomb.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm

According to Boxoffice of January 15, 1955, the Carl Floyd Theatres circuit had recently taken over operation of the Annex. Floyd took over the Winter Garden Theatre and the Starlite Drive-In at the same time.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 4, 2011 at 10:29 am

Here is my picture from June 2011.

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