DeSoto Theater

18-20 S. Polk Avenue,
Arcadia, FL 34266

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Opened in 1951, the DeSoto Theater was operated by Florida State Theaters in the early-1960’s.

Contributed by Andy

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2010 at 1:13 am

The DeSoto Theatre was opened in February, 1951, by Florida State Theatres. The 709-seat house was a replacement for the circuit’s Star Theatre.

This article in Boxoffice of November 15, 1952, has a photo of the DeSoto’s auditorium. The new theater was designed by the Jacksonville architectural firm Kemp, Bunch & Jackson.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

Still operating in January 1965, but gone by March 1966.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on February 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

According to a lady at the local historical society, the DeSoto was located behind the Rosin Arcade building; this area is now a parking lot. The parking lot is now considered part of the arcade’s property, so determining an address is a little tricky. I’d say it was at about 18-20 S. Polk Avenue.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Here’s a fresh link to the November 15, 1952, Boxoffice article about the DeSoto mentioned in my previous comment.

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