In memoriam of Theodore (Ted) Johnson, founder and creator of the Alhambra Theatre.
In the mid-1960s Ted Johnson made the decision to devote his time and resources to providing a professional-level entertainment resource for the good people of Jacksonville, Florida.
"...he opened the then-named Alhambra Dinner Theater and brought in the crème de la crème of Hollywood Royalty to perform the most modern shows of the era."
In 1967, he opened the then-named Alhambra Dinner Theater and brought in the crème de la crème of Hollywood Royalty to perform the most modern shows of the era. It was because of his business savvy and dedication that the Alhambra was so successful, and using his blueprint, subsequent owners have continued Ted’s original vision of offering a high-quality live theater experience at accessible prices.
"Millions of date nights have been held between these walls, proposals made on our stage, and anniversaries celebrated at our tables."
In many ways, Mr. Johnson, by opening Alhambra, has been a friend to and of multiple families. Like myself, many employees have been here for decades. Many employees met their future spouses here. Many customers met their film and TV star idols here. Millions and millions of date nights have been held between these walls, proposals made on our stage, and anniversaries celebrated at our tables. Countless acting careers have been launched here, giving rise to future members of Broadway stages, national tours, and film and TV sets. Names like Betty Grable, Leanza Cornett, Michael Learned, and Jamie Farr have graced this very stage.
While we certainly mourn the loss of such a visionary gentleman, we celebrate what he has done for our City. Many people, including the author of this piece, owe more to Mr. Johnson than even he was probably aware of. We, here at Alhambra, thank him. We thank him for his talents. We thank him for his insight. We thank him for his legacy.
Written by Becky Uibel, Box Office Manager