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