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The Venues

The Church of the Good Shepherd
1100 Stockton Street
Jacksonville, Fl 32204

The sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at Park & Stockton Streets serves as the home venue for the Riverside Fine Arts Series. This beautiful and historic church has served the community at its current site since 1929. Its Gothic architecture and hand-carved stonework form a dramatic backdrop for the intimate and acoustically rich listening experience found within the main hall, which seats 550.

The Florida Theatre
128 East Forsyth Street
Jacksonville, Fl 32202

The Florida Theatre originally opened to the public on April 8, 1927, as downtown Jacksonville’s 15th—and largest—movie theatre. With lavish interior decor unmatched in Jacksonville, the Florida Theatre is the city’s last remaining example of 1920′s fantasy architecture and is one of only four remaining high-The elaborate interior was designed by R.E. Hall of New York and Jacksonville architect Roy Benjamin. The incredible acoustics and near-perfect sight lines make every one of the theatre’s 1,900 seats exceptional.

Sun-Ray Cinema
1028 Park Street
Jacksonville, Fl 32204

The Sun-Ray Cinema building was built in 1927 and has a long history as a premier venue in Jacksonville. Originally the Riverside Theatre, it was the first theatre in Florida built to show “talkies.” The architect, Roy Benjamin, also designed the Florida Theatre and over 200 theatres throughout the Southeast.

The building was remodeled in 1949, and the marquee was added in its current form. Although the marquee was not original, it is considered to be a historic part of the building, and has also been restored. In 1978 the building was covered with stucco an ill-conceived attempt to “modernize” its appearance. During the 80’s and 90’s the theatre operated as a playhouse and a nightclub.

Times Union Center for the Performing Arts
Jacoby Symphony Hall
300 West Water Street
Jacksonville, Fl 32202

Opened in 1997, Jacksonville’s world-class symphony hall is designed for orchestral performances. In fact, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is among a narrow list of American orchestras with their own dedicated concert hall. Designed by KBJ Architects; Rothman, Rothman & Heineman architects and internationally acclaimed acousticians Kirkegaard & Associates, Jacoby Hall offers an intimate and acoustically superior concert experience. Jacoby Hall was completed within the 1997 renovation of the Civic Auditorium, built in 1963 with two performance venues. The addition of Jacoby Symphony Hall was dubbed as the “three-hall solution.”
 Jacoby Symphony Hall is constructed in a “shoebox” shape, a design seen in classic European concert halls, as well as our country’s prominent halls, like Boston’s venerable Symphony Hall. The design keeps the sound alive by reflecting, sustaining and distributing symphonic tones to the audience in equal proportions. Its Seating capacity is 1,800.