Treasure Coast News, Business and Community July 2012 - Page 6

Fort Pierce

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With performances by Willie Nelson, BB King, Abba, Liza Minelli, Diana Ross and Gordon Lightfoot, expected within the next couple of months, the Treasure Coast is in for a treat, providing top rated artists.

The Sunrise Theater is located at 117 South Second Street Fort Pierce, FL 34950

To book your next evening of entertainment at the Sunrise Theater:

Call Box Office: 772.461.4775

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Pictured above: The Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce (Courtesy of Sunrise Theater.com)

Fort Pierce is one of two cultural centers on the Treasure Coast, with the Sunrise Theater offering top shows and performers.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sunrise opened its doors on August 1, 1923 as the largest theatre on Florida 's East Coast between Jacksonville and Miami. The theatre closed its doors on September 8, 1983 , due to the decline of the downtown area and a refusal to convert to multi-screen operation. In 1988, Main Street Fort Pierce was established and soon realized the need for the Sunrise Theatre as a center of world class performing arts.

Main Street Fort Pierce began an effort to save the historic theatre. In 1997, the Sunrise Theatre was purchased by the St. Lucie Preservation Association, Inc. and today the theatre is completely renovated and is being used once again as the cultural center of St Lucie County as well as the Treasure Coast.

The Sunrise Theater has proved that the need for the Arts is alive and well irrespective of the economy and continues to be well supported by locals and visitors, alike.

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Save the Date: July 25, 7 p.m., Harbor Branch's Ocean Science Lecture Series continues with "Managing Lagoon Spoil Islands for Public Use and the Coastal Ecosystem," presented by Marc Virgilio, Florida Department of Environmental Protection