Another Florida Show Added: Willie Nelson to play Sunrise Theater, Fort Pierce, Florida (1/11/07)

— The Sunrise Theatre is throwing a V.I.P. party — with one of the most I of all of music’s Ps.

Country music superstar Willie Nelson will headline at the theater Jan. 11, in what Sunrise director John Wilkes is billing as an anniversary gala.

After several dormant decades, the renovated Sunrise re-opened in January, 2006.

Nelson’s 8 p.m. concert will be preceded by a dinner, with proceeds going to the Sunrise Theatre Education and Outreach Program.

Details on the dinner and post-show reception will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Willie Nelson concert, $75 and $69, will be available Monday (Oct. 22) for Sunrise Theatre members only. They’ll go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Oct. 29.

There are three ways to buy tickets — at the box office, 117 S. 2nd St., by phone at (772) 461-4775, or online at

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sunrise opened its doors on August 1, 1923 as the largest theatre on Florida ‘s East Coast between Jacksonville and Miami . It quickly became the center of all St. Lucie County’s cultural activities. The theatre closed its doors on September 8, 1983 , due to the decline of the downtown area and a refusal to convert to multi-screen operation. In 1988, Main Street Fort Pierce was established and soon realized the need for the Sunrise Theatre as a center of world class performing arts.

Main Street Fort Pierce began an effort to save the historic theatre. In 1997, the Sunrise Theatre was purchased by the St. Lucie Preservation Association, Inc. and today the theatre is completely renovated and is being used once again as the cultural center of St Lucie County as well as the Treasure Coast .

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