About Us

The Garden Theatre’s Mission Statement:  Inspire discovery through theatrical experiences that are innovative, impactful, and inclusive.

The Garden Theatre hosts live plays, concerts, movies, and more to the residents of and visitors to the city of Winter Garden.

Garden Marquee at Night

Our History

Garden Theatre Under Construction in 1935


Originally built in 1935 as a single-screen cinema, the Garden Theatre was the first in Central Florida built for “talkies,” and was a gathering place for locals to watch the latest newsreels and films of the day. Constructed in the Mediterranean Revival style, the interior of the theatre was modeled after a Spanish courtyard with “Romeo & Juliet” balconies, Spanish tile roof, and a dark blue ceiling resplendent with “stars.”

Garden Theater Interior in 1955


The theatre underwent several renovations until closing in 1963. Soon after, the interior was completely removed and the sloped floor was covered with cement to level the surface to be used by Pounds Motor Company.

Current Interior of the Garden Theatre


Through the tireless efforts of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, and Bert, Barbara, and Becky Roper, the restored Garden Theatre reopened in February 2008.

By restoring its architectural charm and re-introducing well-loved family programming as well as bringing innovative and lesser-known works to the stage, the Garden has been instrumental in the revitalization of the downtown historic district.



In the many seasons since, this cultural performing arts center has welcomed thousands of patrons through its doors to enjoy live plays, concerts, movies, dance events, Broadway talent, and educational opportunities. It is also a highly desired rental space for meetings and special events.

The Garden Theatre’s Mission Statement is to inspire discovery through theatrical experiences that are innovative, impactful, and inclusive. The Garden is dedicated to being a leader in the community for celebrating diversity and presenting all voices on our stage, as well as providing a home for audiences, staff, volunteers, and theatre artists from all backgrounds.

Welcome to The Garden.

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