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Jax Daily Record Friday, May 31, 201911:29 AM EST

Florida Theatre ranked state's “Top Stop” for small halls

It's one of three Jacksonville venues that led the list.

In its June issue, VenuesNow, a trade publication covering live entertainment venues, recognized the Florida Theatre as the No. 1 “Top Stop” in Florida in 2018-19 among venues up to 2,000 seats.

Attendance at more than 99 shows at the historic theater in Downtown Jacksonville between April 1, 2018, and March 31 was 115,910.

Daily’s Place Amphitheater, next to TIAA Bank Field and VyStar Veterans Memorial Area, top right. (City of Jacksonville)

The second-place venue in the small hall category is Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, which had attendance of 72,849 at 92 shows.

Two other Jacksonville venues also were ranked No. 1 in their categories.

Daily’s Place Amphitheatre, with a capacity of 5,500, was No. 1 in the 5,001-10,000 capacity category, with attendance of 105,324.

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, with its capacity of 15,000, was No. 1 in the 15,001-30,000 category, with attendance of 87,769.

The Florida Theatre’s attendance exceeded that of both, despite its smaller capacity.

“If you are a performing artist selling 1,000 to 2,000 tickets, and you’re touring south on I-95, you want your agent to get you a date at the Florida Theatre, because it’s the No.1 stop in Florida for any tour in its category,” said Florida Theatre President Numa Saisselin in a news release. “The bigger picture for our city is that Jacksonville has three of the No. 1 venues in the six categories, and no matter what size venue you’re talking about, that helps Jacksonville.”


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