Donalsonville's Historic Olive Theatre Gets a Big Donation

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

A historic theater is getting some major upgrades to preserve its future.

Coca-Cola incorporated has given a generous donation to Donalsonville's historic Olive Theatre, $10,000 to repair the leaky roof.

"The roof is really becoming a problem because we have the hardwood floor on the stage. We were just really fortunate to be able to put hard wood on the stage," Seminole County High School’s Drama Director Gene Houston said.

The theater plays an important role in the community.

"It's a cornerstone for our community," SCHS’ Assistant Drama Director Beth Lane said.

The theater has a long history in Donalsonville.

"The theater was started by the Dunn family, it was opened in 1928, with Miss Olive Dunn playing the piano for the silent films and then later of course they had sound. Then when the theater closed, the building was used for various businesses. The last business to be there was Broome Furniture Company. In the 1990's Mrs. Broome very graciously donated the Olive Theatre to the Arts Council and we began renovations at that time," Lane said.

The venue's long history is means for preserving its future and the future of the arts in Seminole County.

"Absolutely it will help preserve the theater's future, because we need this building and we need to keep the building upgraded to protect the countless hours and work that we've done there through the last 20 some odd years," Lane said.

They are expected to start work on the roof next month.

The next performance at the theater will be the Olive Troupe's production of "A Snow White Christmas" on December 6th and 8th.

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