121 S. Florida Avenue,
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Polk Theatre - Lakeland (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: James E. Casale
Built in 1927 to the plans of architect James E. Casale, the Polk Theatre has a mezzanine, a high balcony, a permanent backdrop of a "Venetian piazza," an orchestral pit, high twinkling stars, a cloud-covered ceiling, and an exquisite terrazo floor. The air-conditioning system (the first in the county in the 1920’s) was a pump that used artesian well water to chill the building.
The Polk Theatre opened on December 22, 1928 with Pauline Frederick in “On Trial”. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks
Today, the 1,400-seat theatre is used for live performances as well as movies.
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