The Polk Theatre – Lakeland, Florida - Atlas Obscura

The Polk Theatre

A historical landmark that has been a central hub of entertainment since 1928. 


The Polk Theatre is a historical landmark that has been a central entertainment hub for nearly 100 years. Designed in 1928, the theatre has survived hurricanes, fires, and even a near-demolition in the 1970s. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Lakeland community, the Polk Theatre was saved and continues to stand today as a testament to the city’s love for the arts.

Walking into the Polk Theatre is like stepping back in time. The art deco style of the building immediately transports visitors to a different era. The bright neon lights and intricate ceiling details make anyone feel like a movie star. And speaking of movies, the Polk Theatre has been showing them for almost a century— from silent films to talkies to new releases, the theatre has seen it all.

But movies aren’t the only form of entertainment at the Polk Theatre. The venue also hosts live performances, ranging from plays to musical acts and symphony concerts. The acoustics in the theatre are second to none.

The Polk Theatre is not just a building made of bricks, but it is a place of great emotional significance to many. It is a cultural icon that has withstood the test of time and has been a source of joy for generations. All in all, the Polk Theatre is a cornerstone of Lakeland’s culture and a testament to the city’s love of the arts. Whether you’re watching a classic movie, attending a live performance, or a guest at a private event, the Polk Theatre is the place to be.

Know Before You Go

Visit the Polk Theatre's official website for events, shows, and movies. Parking is available behind the theatre and across the street

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