Co-founded by Anne Kraft and Jean Rahner, the Limelight Theatre staged its first production, I Ought To Be in Pictures, on August 28, 1992, in the Monson Bayfront Inn. It provided entertainment at this location for almost two years. In 1994, the Theatre achieved not-for-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization, and it continued to offer productions for a number of years at a wide variety of local venues, including the Art Association, churches, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Marineland, Flagler College and a small rented building on U.S. Highway 1.
In 2001, through a generous grant from the Joukowsky Family Foundation, the Limelight purchased a 10,000 square foot building at 11 Old Mission Avenue, converted it to a 125- seat theater and moved into its first permanent home.
The building needed significant improvements, and in 2006, the Limelight applied for and received a Cultural Facilities Grant of $398,000 from the State of Florida. The money was used for capital improvements including a new roof, new air-conditioning, heating, sound and lighting systems, lobby and restroom renovations and the addition of a studio theatre, now known as the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre.
11 Old Mission Ave, FL
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.