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Under the 1970’s stucco lies the original 1927 tan brick facade of one of the first theaters built in Florida equipped for films with sound. The building was designed by architect Roy Benjamin, of Jacksonville, who also designed the Florida Theatre downtown, and over 200 other theaters around the country, concentrated mostly in Florida.
Some of his other theater designs:
The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission will consider the building for landmark status Aug 2004.
As part of the Five Points area renovations project began in 1987, plans are in place to renovate the theater. Due for completion in approximately December 2005, the plan includes converting the top two floors into loft apartments, the second floor to leased office space and the ground floor into retail space. They hope to convert the old theater section, now occupied by Club 5, a nightclub, into a restaurant.