Athens Theatre, The
An Italian renaissance treasure among a talent filled town. The Athens Theatre in DeLand Florida has become a staple in the community since its doors opened until today. The historical site in DeLand Florida brings together the community through live performance art and live music. DeLand's Athens Theatre opened its doors January 6th 1922 as a vaudeville theatre. It was quickly deemed “a Gem of architecture” by DeLand Daily News. Henry DeLand wanted DeLand to be an Athens of Florida; the rich culture and elegance the theatre brought to the community was that and more. During the depression the theatre gave people an escape from the harshness which was people’s reality. Entire working class families were able to come see remarkable performances. ? ?A renovation in the 1950s kept the theatre alive for another 40 years until costs, disrepair, and misuse inevitably led to the theatre closing in the 1990s. The community rose up and took a stand for the place that gave their lives endearing memories. 1994 came and the doors reopened thanks to a Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation Matching Grant, Main Street DeLand Association, and the people who held the theatre close to their hearts. In 2004, ownership was transferred to the Sands Theater Center Inc, which is where it remains today. Through the turbulence, the Athens Theatre stood behind Volusia County for over 80 years and thanks to the community now it will continue to have a beautiful future. Today, the theatre offers adult and youth plays and musicals, youth camps and workshops, live performances,concerts, movies, and is even available to rent out privately for conferences, weddings, and more! Come immerse yourself in rich culture and fun at the Athens Theatre.?