Frolic Theatre

741 W. Ashley Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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The 1,000-seat Frolic Theatre opened on July 2, 1916 with Eleanor Woodruff in “Britton of the Seventh” and a Cherlie Chaplin short. Later the seating capacity was listed at 665. This was an African American Theatre.

The Frolic Theatre closed in 1950 and has since been demolished. Where the theatre once stood is now the Lavills School For The Arts.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm

The Lost Theatres of LaVilla is a history of the theaters that once flourished in Jacksonville’s African-American entertainment district along West Ashely Street. The Frolic is included.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 16, 2022 at 6:16 am

The July 2, 1916 Grand Opening ad for the New Frolic Theatre is posted as the venue booked Eleanor Woodruff in “Britton of the Seventh” supported by a Charlie Chaplin short. All 1,000 seats were filled for the opener. The previous home of the Frolic was just three doors down at the Knights of Phythias Hall for three years. Its success with African American patrons spawned the construction of the new house.

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