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Make Your Own History at The Polk

You don't have to be an actor or musician to step up onto our legendary stage, but all those who do are guaranteed to be a star for the night, and renting the Polk Theatre is more affordable than you might think. 


Since 1928, the Polk Theatre has reigned as the jewel of downtown Lakeland, serving as a premier venue for decades of entertainment and community events. Its elegant Renaissance-era Mediterranean-themed decor provides a perfect setting for concerts, comedy, dance, stage productions, graduations, corporate functions or your own personal special occasion. The Theatre auditorium features 1,400 seats on two levels with incredible acoustics and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. The Theatre is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown hotels, restaurants and businesses.


Our competitive rates vary depending upon the day and time of the event, the staging requirements and front-of-house needs. Let our staff help you plan a truly memorable event. To discuss your facility needs, to inquire about date availability or to arrange a site visit, contact us here

We are willing to bet that it would be difficult to find a more elegant setting in Lakeland to exchange your vows! The Theatre’s old world ambience highlights the romance of that most special day. Let us help you with all the details of your ceremony or reception or both! You can even arrange to pop the question here at the legendary Polk Theatre.
The Polk Theatre is the perfect setting for almost any kind of event. Over the years, we have become an increasingly popular venue for promoters booking concerts or comedy acts, filmmakers premiering their movies, school graduations or stage productions, dance recitals and non-profit fundraisers.
Private Parties
Let us help you celebrate your special occasion – a birthday, anniversary, retirement, girls-night-out, bridal or baby shower. Our staff can help you arrange everything from catering to entertainment, or even a private movie screening. Want it to be a surprise? We’ll even help you make that happen!
Not many people know that the Polk theatre is available to hire for private screenings, not just to companies who can sponsor a film for the public or hold a private screening for their employees or customers, but for individuals too. It's worth noting that in addition to our state of the art digital projection system we also house the only working 35mm projector in Polk County.
Corporate Functions
Need to get away? The Polk Theatre offers a unique alternative to the stuffy boardroom setting for your corporate business meetings. Your employees will appreciate those hours away from the office! Or perhaps you would like to honor your clients or staff with a special appreciation event. Our staff can help you arrange everything from catering to audio/visual needs.
Film/Photography Shoots
You supply the talent; we’ll provide the backdrop! The Theatre’s unique architectural details offer a range of possibilities for the most elegant wedding photos to the setting for a horror movie. Or use the vintage brick wall on stage for your rock band video recording. Whether you need a few hours, a day or a week, the variety of options makes the Theatre an ever-popular shooting location.  
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