When the Circle Theatre debuted in 1923, it quickly became a popular haven for the early settlers of Sebring, Florida. Known as the "coolest place in town," locals sought refuge from the sweltering heat and relentless mosquitoes, particularly during the summer months. In its early years, the theater showcased silent movies, transporting audiences to captivating worlds of cinema.
Fast forward to the 1940s, the Circle Theatre served as a unique venue for community engagement, by hosting special screenings where audiences gathered to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats, offering a sense of unity and connection during challenging times. After a period of decline, the Circle Theatre faced abandonment, its once vibrant walls now echoing with silence.
The Champion for Children Foundation recognized the immense potential within these walls and the impact it could have on the local community. In 2011, the Foundation embarked on an ambitious endeavor to restore the theatre. They spent three years revitalizing the venue, preserving its historical charm while adding modern touches. Finally, in a triumphant moment, the Circle Theatre reopened its doors again.
Today, the Circle Theatre continues to bring people together, fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the performing arts. It stands as a cherished landmark, reminding locals and visitors of Sebring's history and the enduring power of live entertainment.
To continue this legacy, the Sebring Chamber of Commerce has purchased this beautiful landmark in order to bring our community together. This will not only serve as their office buildings but also as a place for the community to gather and celebrate many different occasions.