Ruskin Theater

Ruskin Theater408 Highway 41 N
Ruskin, Florida 33572

Built in 1948 by Harold Willis, the Ruskin Theater was the hub of entertainment for the surrounding communities. Many people living in Ruskin still remember the movies and the popcorn.

Maxine Simmons who was the first woman Honorary Mayor of Ruskin in 1971 remembers Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid as the first movie that played here.

Johnnie June Harris-Carter, daughter of hometown "Doc" John Henry Harris, remembers a live performance at the theater by cowboy movie hero Lash LaRue who used a whip instead of a gun against the "bad guys."

Over the years the building has been used for various purposes, including a thrift store. Today the building sits empty and is at risk of being lost to Ruskin's future. This historic building, located within the Downtown Ruskin Redevelopment Plan area.

Read more, written by the students in Mr. Dunn's 5th grade class at Cypress Creek Elementary School:
Daniel Sanchez
Alberto Acevedo




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