Annie Russell Theatre

The Annie Russell Theatre is a historic theater in Winter Park, Florida, United States. The theatre was named after the English-born actress Annie Russell in 1931, and designed by the German-born architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott. It is located on the premises of Rollins College. On July 15, 1998, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

History

Russell moved to America when she was young, and jump starting her acting career in New York. When she retired she moved to New Jersey, but quickly changed her mind and moved to Winter Park in 1923. Shortly thereafter, she began teaching at Rollins College, continuing to do so until she died of lung disease in 1936.

The theatre is rumored to be haunted. Visitors to the theatre have claimed to have seen a female apparition in the second story changing room. However, due to recent structural modifications, this room can no longer be accessed.

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