Imogene Theatre Celebrates 100 Years With Variety Show

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 02:18 PM.

Milton, FL - Think about life 100 years ago.

Women were encouraged not to paint and certainly couldn't vote. Less than 14% of all households had a tub. Football was almost banned as a sport because of the amount of deaths each year. Few homes had radios and television wasn't invented yet.

Income tax didn't exist. Neither did Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Hundreds of thousands of cars were sold every year, with few paved roads. The average price for a home was less than $3,000. A gallon of gas cost 27 cents.

And the Imogene Theatre in Milton was built.

The Imogene Theatre, originally named "Milton Auditorium," was completed in 1913 as the epicenter of social life in central Santa Rosa County. The building was used as an opera house, a place for fancy balls, plays, Vaudeville and picture shows. The name was changed in 1925 to its current moniker.

So, now it's the year 2013. We aren't zooming around in flying cars while living on Mars, but the theatre is 100-years old this month. And a celebration is in order. The building is not only still standing, but remains a fully-functional facility to house dances, movies, weddings and receptions, plays, music events, recitals, plus contains a full historical museum.

Panhandle Community Theatre (PCT) and the Santa Rosa Historical Society (SRHS), the owners of the Imogene, have partnered together to bring a huge celebration of the 100th Anniversary of this historic building. The show is entitled "Star-Spangled Salute to our Troops - An Old-Fashioned Touring Variety Show Honoring Our Military."

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