Anna Maria Island Theater – Island Players

Anna Maria Island Theater

If you are in town while the Island Players are in session be sure to visit the Anna Maria Island theater!

Take in a fantastic “home grown” play at the historical Players theater at 10009 Gulf Drive in the city of Anna Maria. Usually the Island Players have five different shows that go on from middle of October to the middle of May. They claim to be “the best little playhouse in Florida” and also the oldest community theater in Manatee County.

The Island Players Theater seats 143 in tiered rows. Tickets cost $20/person or season tickets can be purchased for $92.50. Tickets can be bought at the box office in person or by phone at (941) 778-5755.

Locate their web site at Island Players.  Visit Island Real Estate for Vacation Rentals or Homes in Anna Maria City. Also visit the Island Real Estate Local Scene page for tons of fabulous suggestions for things to do while visiting Anna Maria Island.

Island Players
10009 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria City, FL, 34216

Anna Maria Island theater

Don’t miss Delval Divas at The Island Players Anna Maria

The Island Players Anna Maria Island’s only theater, is pleased to present the play Delval Divas by Barbara Pease Weber. The show opens on Thursday, Jan 23rd and runs through Feb 9th.

The Island Players - Anna Maria Island only theater troupe

 

The Island Players Anna Maria

Tickets are $20 each. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. The box office also opens on Monday, Jan 13th and is open from 9:00am – 1:00pm, Monday through Saturday. On performance nights the Box Office opens at 7:00pm. Saturday Matinees open at 1:00pm.

“Delval Divas” is a comedy. Its about professional women living luxurious lifestyles despite being incarcerated in Delaware Valley Federal Correctional Facility. The were in trouble for having committed white collar crime. Gracing the stage as the Divas are Sylvia Marnie as Stella, Diane Phinney as Rosemary, Robin Rhodes as Linda. Also featuring Melissa Anderson as Beth, Laura Morales as (Lucille) and Chrissy Abdala as Sharon. Heiko Knipfelberg is the director. Come find out how the Divas save Delval, solve a murder and reunite on a Roman holiday.

For reservations or for information, please call our Box Office at 941 778-5755 additionally, go to the website.

Auditions for the next play, “Mama Won’t Fly”, directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland, will be on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, (10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria).

Island Players Theater Anna Maria

 

Join the Island Players Theater
of Anna Maria Island for an evening of fun while you are on the island!

The theater, located on the corner of Gulf Dr and Pine Ave in Anna Maria, offers a season of theatrical events.

Performances are evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 2pm.

Box Office telephone: 941-778-5755

The 64th Season started with the show Postmortem which was performed October 4-14.

4 more shows will round out the season:

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Anna Maria Island Community Center Hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner TheaterThe Anna Maria Island Community center hosts their murder mystery dinner theater “Till Death Do Us Part” this Saturday November 19th, 2011 from 6:30pm – 11pm.  Tickets are currently on sale for $30.00 each or $200.00 for a table of 8.   All of the proceeds will benefit the youth programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

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Let’s Go to the Movies! The Bradenton Royal Palm Movie Theater shows ’em all…

Royal Palm 20 entryway
Carmike Royal Palm 20 entryway

Every once in a while, a little rain must fall.  But when you are staying on Anna Maria Island, you still have lots to do, and lots of activities to choose from.   As we’ve mentioned before on our Top Six Things to Do on a Rainy Day blog , going to the movies can be a good way to pass the time away on a rainy afternoon, or a lazy afternoon, or any afternoon, or evening, for that matter.  Just a quick car ride across the Cortez Bridge and out 53rd Ave/SR70 will take you to the Carmike Royal Palm 20 Theater, where you can catch the latest releases on the big screen.  The Royal Palm 20 is located at 5125 26th Street in Bradenton (map it here).  That’s right, 20 theaters playing the latest shows only a hop, skip and a jump (and about 20 minutes in the car) from the beach!   Check out their website for showtimes.  Their Super Bargain shows start at $6.00 and prices go up from there.  If you are a planner, you can head to Fandango and purchase your tickets to your favorite show online, ahead of time.  They also accept Visa and Mastercard at the ticket counter, and the concession stand.

The last time we were there, the debate was not over which movie to see, but what to add to the popcorn!  The concession stand has a whole” Personalize your Popcorn” station.  You can add their tasty shakers o’ flavor to your classic movie snack.  They have savory and sweet flavors-including cheese!  But the winner for my crowd was our own purchase, and the old stand by- M&Ms!  It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet…and it’s always a pleasant surprise in the dark of the theater, to guess how many chocolatey treats you might grab out of the bucket!  If you make it early for your show, there’s a seating area in the lobby where you can nosh while you wait.  There is plenty of signage too, to make sure you know which direction to head to catch your flick.   The theaters are good sized, and the seats are large and comfy, with cup holders big enough for those gi-normous drinks!

So, if you are looking for a rainy day activity, or date night fun, head in to town to catch a movie.  They are SURE to be playing something you’ll enjoy at the Royal Palm 20!  Oh yeah, did I mention they have 3-D movies as well?  Sorry, these movies are a bit more expensive but they do supply 3-D plastic glasses to enjoy the movie with, and what a thrill!

Movies on the cheap, Desoto Dollar Movie Theater

Are you looking for a place to go that is air conditioned and has great entertainment on the cheap?  Desoto Dollar movie theater is the right place for you!  The Bradenton Dollar movie theater is just a short fifteen minute drive from Anna Maria island, Fl.  It makes for a great family outing on a day where you are looking for a break from the sun at the beach or if it is a rainy day.

The moviMovie tickets for families vacationing on Anna Maria Islandes are not new releases but they do tend to have a great selection of kids movies as well as movies for the big kids.   Unfortunately, there is no website for the Desoto Movie theater so either call the number below or type Desoto Bradenton into Google.

TIP: They do not accept credit cards, so bring along some cash.

The movie theater is located inside the Desoto Square mall in Bradenton, Fl.  Head East from Anna Maria island.  For directions visit the link below.

Dollar Movies at Desoto Square
303 US 301 Blvd Suite 911
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 744-2950
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Perfect Anna Maria Island Rainy day entertainment, a movie

Movie Theater, great entertainment for Anna Maria IslandRainy days while at the beach can be difficult however I have fond memories as a child seeing the Star War series while on several vacations with my family.  Watching a movie is perfect evening or rainy day entertainment while staying on Anna Maria, Florida.  The Oakmont Theater is a short 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.  The theater has eight very nice individual theaters that play the latest releases.  Movie tickets for families vacationing on Anna Maria IslandThe Oakmont is recently renovated and has stadium style seating that allows everyone to get a great view of the movie.

The movie theater is located on Cortez Road West on the South side just 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island, Fl.  Of course the theater has plenty of popcorn, drinks, candy, and snacks.   If you are looking for dining before or after your movie there are plenty of choices that you will pass by on your way to the Oakmont from Anna Maria Island.

Regal Oakmont 8
4801 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, Fl, 34210
(941) 954-5768

Regal Oakmont theater in Bradenton Florida

Drive In Movie Theater – Ruskin, Florida

Tampa Drive in Movie Theatre short 40 minute drive from Anna MariaYup, perfect late night entertainment can be found at the Ruskin Drive in movie Theater.  They pride themselves on being family oriented as the manager was quick to inform all at the drive in that shenanigans would not be tolerated.  The movie started at dusk which was around 8:30 PM for the middle of the summer.  They have the old style hang in your window speakers however you can listen in on your car radio also.  We sat outside in front of our vehicle in lawn chairs which was perfect as the night was a comfortable temperature.

 

Be sure to bring bug spray for mosquitoes as well as tics, etc.  We stopped at a store for some snacks and drinks
prior to arriving.  The drive from Anna Maria Island was about 40 minutes so I would not take the trip lightly but it can provide for inexpensive entertainment for hours.  Of course the drive in has a two movie feature and for less than $15 our family was entertained from 8:30 – 1 AM.  There was a 10 minute intermission between films and they show high quality films.  The films we saw, just came out and one was within the first week of being released.  As usual, they had a snack bar that was open for the majority of the night and they served inexpensive 12″ pizza’s, nachos, hot dogs, snacks, drinks, huge pickles, etc.  It was like walking back in time even as compared to Anna Maria Island’s historical environment.  The snack shack is not much to look at but it does the job.  Below are directions from Anna Maria Island…Be careful, bring cash as they take no credit cards or checks.  They allow no RV’s or motorcycles and ask extra large vehicles to sit in the back.  I would estimate they can accommodate about 100 vehicles and we visited on a weeknight and had a great spot without much difficulty.

From the South (Bradenton/Sarasota):
Travel 64 EAST to North on I-75; at the Sun City Center/Ruskin exit, Turn left WEST on CR 674 ,go to US 41 right turn heading north; Pass 19th Ave. Drive-In is on the right side of the road.

Ruskin Family Drive-in
5011 U.S. Hwy 41 North
Ruskin, Fl, 33572
(813) 645-1455