One of La Porte’s community focal venues is Sylvan Beach Pavilion, 1 Sylvan Beach Drive. After undergoing a $4.9 renovation project, Sylvan Beach Pavilion has returned to better than before its 1956 glory.
The Sylvan Beach Pavilion has a 10,000 square feet floor-to-ceiling glass wall showcasing a fabulous view of Galveston Bay in the 3,600 square feet ballroom, an outdoor deck, and conference hall. It hosts public and private dances, weddings, birthday parties, local meetings, concert events, and reunions.
Stories from earlier days of Sylvan Beach Pavilion include popular entertainers such as Rudy Vallee and Benny Goodman cranking out tunes from a yacht-shaped bandstand in the center of the ballroom while dancers were dancing the jitter bug. Or the Nickelodeon machine inside the pavilion where, for a nickel visitors could play a song. Also, other Big-name entertainers performed here including: Trombonist Tommy Dorsey, singer Perry Como, Nick Stuart and his Movieland Band, and Ozzie Nelson to mention a few. Every year in April, Sylvan Beach Day offers picnic areas for large groups and families.
Sylvan Beach Pavilion is designated a National Historic Building, a State Archeological Landmark and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.