the early 1920's, theaters were built in many Florida communities.
Some cities, including DeLand, supported several entertainment
houses during this period. The Athens Theater was developed
by L.M. Patterson a native of Washington, D.C., who moved
to DeLand in 1920 and organized the DeLand Moving Picture
in 1921, The theater was designed by Murray S. King, a prominent
Orlando Architect. The opening night performance in January
1922 included a movie, live theater performances, and several