St Augustine Amphitheatre Information
The St Augustin Amphitheatre is beautifully located in the heart of Florida and was initially built on the Anastasia State Park. It can seat up to 3,493 persons.
The venue is steeped in history, built in 1965 to commemorate St Augustine 400th Anniversary. He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa. The land was originally part of Anastasia State Park. 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.
Pulitzer Prize winning Paul Green was commissioned to write a play for the Amphitheater. For 30 years the play named Cross and Sword: A Symphonic Drama of the Spanish Settlement of Florida ran, which was a musical reenactment of the first years of St. Augustine’s existence.
In 2002 the venue underwent a 8.7 million dollar renovation modernizing the facilities, seating and outdoor areas. It was reopened in 2007 with an included a fiberglass tensile canopy over the main stage.