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Venice Theatre: 17 Shows

Venice Theatre is thrilled to announce its return to live performances in its Pinkerton Theatre beginning Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 with its scheduled performances of The Cemetery Club. Catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ian caused Venice Theatre’s entire main building to be deemed uninhabitable and unsafe for public use. Now, just three months and 23 days after the hurricane destroyed the back wall of the stucture and lifted the roof off the main stage house, the theatre has been granted a certificate of occupancy to use the 90-seat black box Pinkerton Theatre. The Pinkerton Theatre is located on the west side of the main building of the Tampa Avenue campus.

Producing/Executive Director Murray Chase says, “Only with the entire community working together, could this be accomplished. City of Venice officials made the process as efficient as possible. Magnum Builders and its subcontractors have been working tirelessly. Sweet Sparkman Architecture quickly provided the legal specifications for temporary use. Our staff has been moving forward with great energy. And, of course, the emotional and financial support of foundations, donors, patrons, and volunteers have kept us afloat. I am excited about this milestone in our recovery.”

The work that had to be completed before portions of the building could reopen included full water mitigation including replacing 90 percent of the drywall and carpet, a full rerun of electric lines through the building, replacement of air conditioning, new fire alarm equipment and sprinkler monitoring, a new Life Safety Plan, roof repair and more. Work on the building will continue for more than a year. At 10:30 Wednesday morning the theatre passed its final inspection from the fire Marshall and building inspectors, readying the way to the reopening.

The Cemetery Club is the first show audiences will enjoy in the main building since The Revolutionists was forced to close early due to Ian. At the time of this writing, The Cemetery Club has no tickets available. Ticket buyers should be aware that most Venice Theatre events this season have limited availability due to space constraints. The theatre urges patrons to buy early at www.venicetheatre.org or by calling 941.488.1115. The box office is not open for walk-up business.

Subscribers and ticket holders with seats they are unable to use are encouraged to contact the box office at 941.488.1115 or info@venicetheatre.net to make exchanges. Released tickets will be made available to others interested in seeing the show.

Venice Theatre’s full schedule of events through May 2023 may be found at www.venicetheatre.org and appears below.


Venice Theatre’s revised 2023 Schedule

Up On the Roof, The Songs of Carole King and James Taylor
Through Jan. 29, Raymond Center

The Cemetery Club
Jan. 20 – Feb. 12, Pinkerton Theatre

Chicago Rewired, The Premier Chicago Tribute Band
Feb. 5, Venice Performing Arts Center

Gypsy, A Musical Fable
Feb. 17 – March 19, Raymond Center

Arabian Nights
Feb. 24 – March 5, Pinkerton Theatre

An Evening with Norm Lewis
Feb. 26, Venice Performing Arts Center

Showtime Benefit for Venice Theatre Rebuild
March 5, Venice Community Center

Let’s Hang On, America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
March 6, Venice Performing Arts Center

Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver with Tom Becker
March 12, Pine View School

March 24 – April 16, Pinkerton Theatre

The Silver Foxes present Bodacious Broadway
March 28 – April 2, Raymond Center

The Brothers Doobie
April 17, Venice Community Center

Graceland and Asleep On the Wind
April 21 – May 7, Raymond Center

50 Years After: A Tribute to the Woodstock Generation
April 30, Venice Community Center

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised) [again]
May 5 – 21, Pinkerton Theatre

Teen Improv Troupe
May 14, Raymond Center

Pinky’s Players present Keep a Song in Your Heart
May 19 – 21, Raymond Center

About Venice Theatre

Venice Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 Tampa Ave. W. in Venice, FL. Its 432-seat Jervey Theatre is in the process of being restored after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Ian with plans to reopen in January 2024. Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s Stage 2 Series. Its Raymond Center houses a 130-seat temporary theatre which is being used to present Jervey Theatre productions. Its concert series is being presented at the Venice Performing Arts Center, the Venice Community Center, and Pine View School. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre offers a wide range of education and community engagement programs for children, teens, and adults.