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Just went there to see Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince. You walk in, make a left, and there are three small theaters. Very interesting theater in that it looks very old-fashioned. It’s clean but needs some work, as some of the seats are pretty beat up. The ticket stands are still the original ones I think! There is a small concession. It’s funny how there were only 8 of us on the theater…ahhh the wonders of the declining American economy.
Hey guys, been almost 4 years since I’ve posted on here! I still love this theater. To HARVEY, above, WHERE did you get that picture???? That is amazing!!! You must have the only picture of this unique theater in its adultfare days…thanks so much and please get back to me. Do you have anymore pics like this? Are you from Miami? At the time of the picture, 1985, I lived around the corner from the theater and was 7 years old! Thanks for bringing back the memories of my childhood even if it’s in this strange semi-smutty manner….damn i could have been walking by with my dad in that photo if it had been grocery shopping day and you’d have caught us! take care
The picture I posted in the previous message is from August of 2005. It’s been closed since 1989 I believe. The entrance has been gated only recently to prevent grafitti and the marquee sealed off only recently as well. I think it’s one of the most beautiful and unique theaters I’ve ever seen, so “Miami”.
Here is a great photo of this ghostly theater!
I grew up on the same block as this theater. I was born in Miami in 1978 and remember from my earliest years this theater was a pornographic theater from 1980 to about 1989, when it closed down, due to the pressure of the Catholic Church that was just around the corner. It’s a very charming theater with the word ROOSEVELT printed on the waterfront section of it. The theater is built over a very dirty canal which is traversed by 41st street in Miami Beach. I left the area in the late 90s for New York, but I was back visiting recently and it’s still closed. Back in the 80s Miami Beach, unbeknownst to many people, was not a safe area. Lincoln Road used to be full of homeless people mainly Cubans from the Mariel boatlift of 1980 and was quite dangerous at night. There were little more than a couple of thrift clothing shops and a Woolworth open in those days on Lincoln Road. Only around 1992 did Miami Beach really come to life when celebrities and rich out of towners started investing in recreating very run-down buildings on Miami Beach and incorrectly naming the area South Beach.