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Florida Theatre Reopens Dec. 10 With 38 Special Concert

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38 Special will be the first act to perform when the Florida Theatre reopens on Dec. 10.

The Florida Theatre’s management has decided it’s time to get back into the live performances business.

The historic theatre in Downtown Jacksonville will reopen for its first public concert since the pandemic began on Thursday, Dec. 10, with a concert by 38 Special.

The southern rockers have been performing for more than 40 years with hits like “Hold on Loosely,” “Rocking Into the Night,” and “Caught Up in You.” The band formed in Jacksonville in 1975 and has seen members come and go over the decades.

The current 38 Special band members are Don Barnes, Bobby Capps, Gary Moffatt, Barry Dunaway and Jerry Riggs.

Due to the pandemic, the venue's capacity will be limited to 50% and face masks will be required at all times. Temperatures will be scanned at the door. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4F or higher will not be admitted. Refunds will be available for those not admitted.

While closed, the theatre has been busy installing new historically appropriate seats.

The opening comes as the theatre works to regain its financial footing.

“We need to raise an additional $100,000 by the end of the year,” the theatre announced on its Facebook page, saying it has been without more than 90% of its typical income for more than six months.

It has survived with help from federal and city loans and grants.

The theatre said other financial support came in from individual and corporate members who renewed their memberships, and this season's sponsor, Community First Credit Union of Florida.

Country music star Travis Tritt will be the second performer to take the stage on Sunday, Dec. 13.

The Florida Theatre’s announced lineup is as follows:


DEC 10 -38 Special

DEC 13 -Travis Tritt

DEC 19- Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream


JAN 9 - The Righteous Brothers

JAN 15- The SteelDrivers

JAN 16 - Brothers Again - A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band

JAN 20- Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie

JAN 22- The Temptations and The Four Tops

JAN 24- Champions of Magic

FEB 2- FRIENDS! The Musical Parody

FEB 4- An Evening with Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies - The Sequel"

FEB 12- Nate Bargatze: Good Problem to Have Tour

FEB 20 - POCO, Firefall and Pure Prairie League

FEB 24- Pilobolus - The Big Five Oh!

FEB 25- ABBA Mania

FEB 26- Whose Live Anyway? with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray

FEB 28- Spyro Gyra at the WJCT Soundstage

MAR 5- Humorist Jeanne Robertson

MAR 6-Little River Band with special guest Lords of 52nd Street

MAR 12- Get the Led Out

MAR 17- Chris Botti

MAR 18- America 50th Anniversary Tour

MAR 20- Pablo Cruise at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

MAR 21- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

MAR 23- Kenny G

MAR 27- Jake Shimabukuro at the WJCT Soundstage

MAR 30- Pink Martini

APR 1- LaVilla Showcase

APR 2- 1964 The Tribute

April 17 - Masterchef Jr. Live!

Information on how to donate to the Florida Theatre’s Cross the Finish Line campaign is on its website.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.