West Orange County's professional performing arts center, the Garden Theatre hosts live plays, concerts, movies, and more to the residents of and visitors to the city of Winter Garden. Originally built in 1935 as a single-screen cinema, the Garden Theatre was the first in Central Florida built for “talkies,” and was a gathering place for locals to watch the latest newsreels and films of the day. Constructed in the Mediterranean Revival style, the interior of the theatre was modeled after a Spanish courtyard with “Romeo & Juliet” balconies, Spanish tile roof, and a dark blue ceiling resplendent with “stars.” The theatre underwent several renovations until closing in 1963, and became a farm supply and tractor warehouse for the Pounds Motor Company. Through the efforts of the City of Winter Garden and Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, the restored Garden Theatre reopened in February 2008. Today, as West Orange County's professional performing arts organization, this nonprofit hosts over 675 events a year. The Garden Theatre is committed to enriching, engaging, and entertaining through creative experiences.