Leaf Theater

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The Leaf Theater

The Leaf Theater is a historical theater in Quincy, Florida, run by the non-profit group Quincy Music Theater.

The Leaf Theater was built in 1949 and named for the economic impact of shade tobacco on the community.[1] Originally a movie theater, the grand opening was hosted by Roy Rogers. [2] The building had air conditioning, a cry room, and a separate entrance for blacks before desegregation took effect. [2] In 1980, the Leaf closed due to competition from multiplexes.[2]

In 1983, the building was purchased and donated to the Quincy Music Theatre group who restored it through a preservation grant, local funds [3] and private gifts from donors who were relations of the Quincy residents who were original purchasers of Coca-Cola stocks.[4] The theater now hosts live musical theatre and educational events throughout the year. In the summer, The Leaf sponsors a Children's Summer Theatre Workshop and film events.[5] Steven L. Taylor periodically conducts master class workshops at The Leaf.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunt, Bruce (2011). Visiting Small-Town Florida. Pineapple Press Inc. ISBN 9781561644889. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Forsher, James (2003). The Community of Cinema: How Cinema and Spectacle Transformed the American Downtown. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780275973551. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2013-06-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Bloomberg News (January 22, 1997). "Things Have Gone Better After Taking Stock in Coke". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  5. ^ http://qmt.org
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/people/L.-Steven-Taylor/#.U1BOy_lkTAk