Polk Theatre

121 S. Florida Avenue,
Lakeland, FL 33801

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

It looks like the Polk Theatre had to be partly rebuilt twice before its opening in December, 1928, which may account in part for the original builder, John Melton, running out of funds. An article in the October 6, 1928, issue of Exhibitors Herald reported on the damage done to the region’s theaters by a recent hurricane. Several movie houses were severely damaged or completely destroyed, but the line about the Polk says “…the Polk at Lakeland lost its roof — for the second time.”

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Just added photo dated April 30th 1927. J.E. Casale, Architect, Tampa G.A. Miller, Builder, Tampa Photo courtesy of The Polk Theatre Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

The Polk Theatre is doing a documentary about the Elvis performance in 1956. They are searching for people who attended the concert.

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-polk/lakeland/historic-polk-theatre-looking-for-people-who-attended-elvis-presleys-1956-performance-in-lakeland

Patsy
Patsy on July 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I’ve visited this theatre and it is a must-see when in Lakeland FL.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Here is the theater in July 2010.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Nice write-up with pictures:

View link

Patsy
Patsy on October 13, 2009 at 2:21 am

In fact, the entire building was transformed with the lovely addition of awnings, etc. I wish more downtowns made use of storefront awnings rather than see them turned into a rusty place for bird’s nests.

Patsy
Patsy on October 13, 2009 at 2:19 am

The new marquees etc. are just fantastic compared to how this theatre’s exterior looked in 1988. Complete transformation!

Patsy
Patsy on October 13, 2009 at 2:17 am

spectrum: Music to my ears when reading “complete restoration was completed”. Congratulations!!!

spectrum
spectrum on October 13, 2009 at 2:08 am

Complete restoration was completed in 1999.

Patsy
Patsy on October 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

After viewing an 1988 exterior photo this theatre has come a long way! Congratulations.

lac4cmk
lac4cmk on July 5, 2009 at 4:35 am

WUSF’s Florida Matters broadcast on Historic Preservation includes a feature on the Polk Theatre. Here’s the link:
View link

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm

My March trip to FL will not only include the Marion in Ocala, but the Garden in Winter Garden and the Polk in Lakeland.

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Yes, I noticed the wonderful interior photos and the following quote:

“The beautiful Polk Theatre in downtown Lakeland, Florida is one of only two original atmospheric theatres left in the state.”

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Lost: Well, you continue to amaze me with your finds on my behalf so many times.

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 4:32 am

Lost: On the polktheatre.org site there was an Elvis/history of the theatre link with more photos, but none of the organ nor information about it.

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 4:24 am

Lost: If by chance you run across a photo showing the stage area from the back of the auditorium, let me know. I’d like to see an original photo perhaps showing the original organ….Robert Morton 3/12 organ. I wonder if this was the original or a replacement organ?

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 4:18 am

Lost: That “shot from the stage” is unbelievable! I may have to now include this theatre while in Florida!

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 4:14 am

Lost: That link worked! Thanks….again!!! It is an atmospheric!

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 4:06 am

Lost: The ones you posted on Oct. 11, 2006 are still available, but none of the photos show the atmospheric aspect.

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 4:04 am

Unfortunately, the website doesn’t seem to be working left by CT member, “Chuck 1231”. If memory serves me right, I think he was the retired pilot who lived part of the year in Hawaii.

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 3:42 am

Any interior photos of this atmospheric?

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 3:42 am

And amazing to read that Elvis performed at this theatre in the 50’s and that the theatre has an organ!

Patsy
Patsy on January 22, 2009 at 3:39 am

Lost: Very nice theatre photos and one that I hope to visit in late March along with the Garden in Winter Garden and the Marion in Ocala.