Venice Theatre: A History in Three Acts

Act I: The Beginning – 1950-1973

Act II: Prelude to Growth – 1973-1995

Act III: Expansion – 1995 to Present

When the then-Venice Little Theatre mounted its first production in the 1950s, it did so in a borrowed building, had no paid staff, operated entirely with volunteers, and its only revenue came from sales of the $2 tickets.

Today, Venice Theatre is per capita, the largest community theatre in the United States with an operating budget of almost three million dollars, a large professional staff and an honored place in the history of Venice Florida.

That history is rich with the stories of the people who nurtured the theatre and made it what it is today. Many of those stories can be found in this history. This is dedicated to them.