The lights go down, a hush falls over the audience and the curtain rises on Sarasota's most storied theater. U-shaped, with three tiers of boxes, this architectural gem provides a rare sense of intimacy between audience and performer that adds so much to the theater going experience. Created in Asolo, Italy in 1798, brought to Sarasota in the early 1950s and painstakingly restored in 2006, the Historic Asolo Theater is one of the most beloved objects in The Ringling collection.
The Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion, opened in January 2018, displays of The Ringling’s collection of American and European studio glass, and provides a welcoming entrance the Historic Asolo Theater. The Historic Asolo Theater is open for public viewing during select hours. Please inquire at the Visitor Services desk upon arrival for available times. A short documentary of the Historic Asolo Theater, is available for viewing in the Visitor Pavilion, directly outside the theater entrance.