Ace Theater

1419 5th Street,
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Wometco Theatres

Functions: Art Gallery

Styles: Mediterranean Revival, Streamline Moderne

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The Ace Theater was located slighty north of the Main Street strip. It was operating as an open air theatre in the 1920’s. In 1935 it was taken over by Wometco Theatres and in 1938 they roofed it over. from around 1942, and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. It was remodeled in a Streamline Moderne style in 1945. By 1953 it was operating as an African-American theatre. The Ace Theater was closed by Wometco Theatres in 1967 and became a church. They moved out of the building in 1977.

The building has some Mediterranean elements to it. Fortunately, the building has been preserved and is presently an art gallery.

Contributed by Andy

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

Listed as a colored theater in 1953.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 31, 2010 at 7:48 am

Open till at least ~1964? Anyone care to verify the exact date?

Need more info and photos.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on December 13, 2021 at 10:40 pm

The Ace was built as an open-air theatre in the 1920s. The Wometco Circuit took it on in 1935 and purchased it outright in 1938. It received its roof at that time and then was rebuilt as a more traditional, streamline modern movie house in 1945. Wometco closed it as a movie venue in 1967 and it became a house of worship from that point until being boarded up in 1977.

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