Edison Theatre, Fort Myers

Edison Theatre, Fort Myers

The Edison Theatre is a landmark in downtown Ft. Myers that is reminiscent of the early days of cinema. Built in 1941, the Edison Theatre is an example of Streamline Moderne architecture, which is an offshoot of the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.

Little is known about the construction of the Edison Theatre. What is known is that the theatre was very popular when it was founded. With 800 seats, the Edison replaced older theatres that featured silent films. Florida residents traveled from near and far to watch the latest movies and newsreels.

Though it was named after Thomas Edison, the theatre has no relation to the famous inventor other than the location. The theatre was operated by E.J. Sparks, which was a subsidiary of Paramount Theatres. It remained in operation through the 1980s. It still stands today, but has been converted into law offices.

Visitors to Ft. Myers can find the Edison Theatre in the historic downtown district at the corner of Hendry and Main Streets.

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Edison Theatre on Map

Sight Name: Edison Theatre
Sight Location: Fort Myers, USA (See walking tours in Fort Myers)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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