St. Augustine Amphitheatre
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St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Coordinates: 29°52?32?N 81°16?58?W / 29.8755°N 81.2829°W / 29.8755; -81.2829

St. Augustine Amphitheatre
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View of stage from 2nd level seating (c.2017)
Address1340C A1A South
St Augustine, FL 32080-5422
LocationAnastasia State Park
OwnerSt. Johns County Parks & Recreation
OperatorSt. Johns County Cultural Events Division
OpenedJune 27, 1965
Construction cost$200,000
($1.62 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Venue Website

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater located on the A1A in St Augustine, Florida, United States. The venue seats over 4,000 persons, and is managed by the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation department.[2]


The amphitheatre was built in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, originally with 2,000 seats.[3] land was originally part of Anastasia State Park.[2] The amphitheatre itself was constructed in one of the old coquina quarries used to supply building materials for St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos.[4][5][6]

The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green was commissioned to write a play to be performed at the amphitheatre. The result was Cross and Sword: A Symphonic Drama of the Spanish Settlement of Florida,[7] a musical reenactment of the first years of St. Augustine's existence. Cross and Sword was designated the official state play in 1973 by the Florida Legislature.[8] The play ran until 1996, when budget constraints ended its more than 30-year run.[3][9][10]

The amphitheatre was used infrequently during the following years, though it did host a free summer Shakespeare Festival from 1997 to 2003.[11][12] In 2002, St. Johns County acquired the property and the following year began an $8.7 million renovation.[3][9] The upgraded facility reopened in August 2007, which includes a fiberglass tensile canopy over the main stage.[13] It now has 4,092 seats.[14][15][16]

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  2. ^ a b Bosworth, Jon (August 30, 2007). "everything old is new again". Entertaining U Newspaper. N2U Publishing, Inc. Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ a b c de Yampert, Rick (August 21, 2008). "Amped at the amphitheatre". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. News-Journal Corporation. Retrieved 2008.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Rapoza, Brian (2007). Birding Florida: Over 200 Prime Birding Sites at 54 Locations. Globe Pequot Press. p. 31. ISBN 9780762739141.
  5. ^ Nolan, David (1992). "St. Augustine to Astor". In McCarthy, Kevin M. The Book Lover's Guide to Florida. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press. p. 79. ISBN 978-1561640126.
  6. ^ "Quarry Historical Site". Anastasia State Park. Florida Online Park Guide. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Paul Green Bibliography
  8. ^ Florida State Symbols - The State Play: Cross and Sword Archived June 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b Reinink, Amy (August 22, 2008). "St. Augustine gets amped". Ocala Star Banner. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Rajtar, Steve; Kelly Goodman (2008). A Guide to Historic St. Augustine, Florida. The History Press. pp. 52-53. ISBN 978-1-59629-336-6.
  11. ^ "Art thou ready for 'Much Ado About Nothing'?". The St. Augustine Record. 2002-08-16. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Atlantic Shakespeare Company to present musical fund-raiser". The St. Augustine Record. 2002-11-15. Retrieved .
  13. ^ St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Johns County Government Gateway
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  15. ^ St. Augustine Amphitheatre - Halback Design Group, Inc.
  16. ^ "Editorial: St. Augustine Amphitheatre plans reflect labor of love". The St. Augustine Record. 2001-10-21. Retrieved .

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