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Jax's Florida Theatre Ranked Among Best Worldwide Venues For 2013

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Jacksonville's historic Florida Theatre has been named one of the top 100 concert venues of 2013. The ranking by Pollstar Magazine was determined by its magazine's "Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Theatre Venue Chart" for 2013.

The Florida Theatre ranked 89th on the list, putting the venue in the company of Radio City Music Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

"Our own experience in 2013 mirrors Pollstar's analysis," said Florida Theatre President Numa Saisselin in a release announcing the ranking.

"Our focus in 2013 and going into 2014 is on increasing the level of activity at the Florida Theatre, booking more shows, and serving more audience members, and making the Pollstar Top 100 Theatre list is a nice validation of our efforts here so far," he said.

In its "2013 Year End Special Features" edition, Pollstar described 2013 as a year of,  "smart bookings, intelligent ticket pricing and the increasing use of social media to promote directly to fans."

The Florida Theatre's 2013 season included performances by BB King, Lewis Black, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Alice Cooper, and Dave Chappelle.

Opened in 1927, the historic Florida Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It is managed and programmed by the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in a public-private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building.

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