ColiseumApprox. Time: 1 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

The circa 1924 Coliseum, designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, is one of the South’s largest operating ballrooms and is the center for community social events and dancing. Located within the early recreational and entertainment section of the city, the facility is near the Lawn Bowling Club, Shuffle Board Club, Mirror Lake Public Library, and City Hall. Designed as a ballroom facility to enhance the City's tourism, the Coliseum soon became a major southern destination for performers of the swing era during the 1920s and 1930s. Big name entertainers of the swing era made the Coliseum a regular stop on the travel circuit. Performers included Louis Armstrong, Count Bassie, Les Brown, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Elington, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Holly, Sammy Kaye, Kay Kyser, Ted Lewis, Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, Will Rodgers, Artie Shaw, Rudy Vallee and many more.

Even though the Coliseum was booked by many big name shows, it was also the gathering place for many community functions such as the Exchange Club, St. Petersburg Debutante Balls, St. Petersburg High School Alumni Dances, the Policemen's Balls, and the Festival of States Coronation Balls. The Coliseum was also used for many non-dancing activities. Before the invention of television, radio shows such as "Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour," "The Old Gold Show," and "Don McNeil's Breakfast Club" were recorded there.