Replanted and redeveloped in 2009, the garden has quite literally bloomed into an event space and relaxation area all of its own. We even restored the original fountain, which was built with the theater in 1967. You’ll notice the golden lions once again glimmering while the fire in the center rises high. While many of our guests simply use the garden as a place to stretch their legs during intermission, we have hosted many catered special events including corporate parties and even weddings in this outdoor space.
Had it not been for Harry Frisch, owner of Beaver Street Fisheries and 50-year patron of the Alhambra, by now the theater would surely be a distant and fleeting memory.
“Frisch’s continuing support of the Alhambra was absolutely essential,” Craig Smith says. “Without it, we couldn’t have gotten off the ground.”
The Alhambra’s iconic garden was dedicated to Harry Frisch on December 11th, at the theater’s 50th birthday bash, in honor of his contributions to this theater, to the arts and, as a result, to the city of Jacksonville.