Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture in Inverness
Within historic downtown Inverness there are two art galleries, a theater and a museum. The City is home to historical buildings in the downtown such as the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and the Masonic Building.
The restored 1920s movie house, the Valerie Theatre, came back to life in 2015. Today the Valerie Theatre is showing Sunday classic movies and offers live entertainment throughout the year. The Valerie Theatre was built around 1926 during the silent movie era. The first film shown, “the Only Woman” and the last film shown before it was refurbished was “the Untouchables” in 1987. In the old days, movie tickets were 25 cents for adults. In 1962, daily clips from the movie “Follow That Dream” were viewed with Elvis in attendance. The building remained vacant from 1987 until the City purchased it in 2009. A grand reopening was held for the Valerie Theatre Cultural Center in June 2015.
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum served as the County’s courthouse from 1912 to 1978. Today it is home to the Citrus County Historical Society and the County’s Historical Resource Officer. Permanent exhibits in the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum include displays and artifacts devoted to Citrus County’s pre-history and its pioneer days, and to more recent developments, such as the impact of the citrus and film industries on Central Florida. Traveling exhibits, such as Florida Cowboys: The Last Frontier, come to the museum on a regular basis. The Museum Store offers hard-to-find books about Florida history, ecology, and geology, as well as gift items. Don’t miss the second floor where Elvis filmed his ninth movie, “Follow That Dream” in the courtroom. The historical society hosts many talks and musical events throughout the year.
The Creation Station
The Creation Station is a creative art studio that is open to the public and offers specialty events for upcoming holidays and pop culture happenings. Make your own pottery, paint, design a mosaic and more.
The Art Affair Gallery
The Art Affair Gallery features owners John and Rosie Blowers’ artwork, painting, jewelry, glass, leather, local potters, metal sculptures, photographers & more