Theater & Arts

Long Boat Key and Anna Maria Island are rich in the arts and theater. If you're in the mood for a play or musical we have several venues to choose from. You can start at one end of the island and gallery hop your way by trolley to the other end finishing with dinner and a play. Something to surprise you at every turn!

AMC Theaters

Traveling the Midwest in the early 1900s, three brothers were happy to invite you into their grand tent. Not for any circus acts or to sell snake oil, but for a little melodramatic entertainment. Maurice, Edward and Barney Dubinsky were actors who settled down in Kansas City, Missouri when they purchased the Regent Theatre in 1920. Changing their family name to Durwood, their company was soon known as Durwood Theatres, which Edward grew into a prosperous chain of a dozen movie houses and drive-ins.
Location: 8201 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238
Toll Free: (888) 262-4386

The Island Players Anna Maria Island

Thanks for the ongoing & generous support to the City of Anna Maria; Edward E. & Lillian Bishop Foundation; Asolo Theatre; Sarasota Woman`s Exchange; Mary E. Parker Foundation; Off Stage Ladies
Location: 10009 Gulf Drive at Pine Avenue Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone: 941.778.5755

Regal Hollywood 20

Location: 1993 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-2000

Burns Court Cinema

Burns Court is a unique and historic area of Sarasota known as an excellant source of Art Films. If you`re looking for something other than the main stream you`ll enjoy an evening at Burns Court. This area offers great unique dining opportunities as well. Something out of the ordinary!
Location: 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236-7030
Phone: (941) 955-3456

Asolo Repertory Theatre

The word Asolo comes from Asolo, Italy where a lovely 18th century theatre was acquired by the State of Florida for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and moved to Sarasota, Florida, in the 1950s. This theatre, where Eleanora Duse once performed, became home to a summer theatre company founded by faculty of Florida State University in 1960.
Location: 5555 North Tamiami Trail : Sarasota, Florida 34243
Phone: 941.351.9010

Carmike Cinemas

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema and 3D cinema deployments and one of the nationís largest motion picture exhibitors. As of December 31, 2009, Carmike had 244 theatres and 2,277 screens in 35 states. Carmikeís digital cinema footprint reaches 2,141 screens, of which 503 are also equipped with 3D capability.
Location: 5125 26th Street East Bradenton, FL 34203-4943
Phone: (941) 727-7469

Manatee Players

"To represent, enrich, influence and stimulate people through the art of live theater by providing entertainment, education and an artistic outlet. The Manatee Players serve as a resource for the community and strive to create a positive experience."
Location: Manatee Players, Inc. 102 12th Street West Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-748-5875

Island Gallery West

We offer paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, ceramic arts, stained glass, furniture, pottery, basketwork, decorative tiles, jewelry, notecards and more. The works of a different artist are featured each month.
Location: 5368 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1775
Phone: 941-778-6648

Regal Oakmont 8

Location: 4801 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210-2804
Phone: (941) 954-5768

Longboat Key Center For the Arts

Wave 2 Me" is part of a series that seeks to explore and portray the relationship between land based human beings and the sea along with our fascination for distant horizons.
Location: 6860 Longboat Drive South Longboat Key, FL 34228-1036
Phone: (941) 383-2345

VanWezel Performing Arts Hall

Through its educational initiatives the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is dedicated to deepening student learning, enhancing professional development, training teaching artists and using its resources to expand public awareness through participatory art and community programs that bring the joy and wonder of the performing arts to all ages.
Location: 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 953-3368
Toll Free: (800) 826-9303

Sarasota Ballet

In 1987, Jean Weidner founded the Sarasota Ballet as a presenting organization. Ms. Weidner`s dream of a full resident ballet company was realized in 1990 with the appointment of Eddie Toussaint as the first Artistic Director. In 1994, Robert de Warren was appointed as Artistic Director, which provided an important cultural enrichment to the Sarasota community
Location: 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2141
Phone: (941) 359-0099

Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the Sarasota Opera House. Originally opened as a mixed-use venue in 1926 featuring vaudeville and movies, the theater is on the National Register of Historic Place.
Location: 61 North Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236-5723
Phone: (941) 366-8450

The Players

Although The Players Theatre is a non-professional community theatre, being located on the "Cultural Coast" gives us an incredible talent pool to work with. From our Artistic Director to our stage hands, literally half of the volunteers working on a production have at one time been professionally paid performers.
Location: 838 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236-4033
Phone: (941) 365-2494