Dream Theater building from rear parking lot 1986

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Dream Theater building from rear parking lot 1986

A webpage for the April/June 2010 alumni newsletter of the Coral Gables High School Class of 1956 includes this photo, which it says can be found in a guide to historic sites in Coral Gables that was published by the Junior League of Miami in 1986.

The photographer is standing in the parking lot behind the Bank of America perhaps where the screen would have been, looking at the bank/former Dream Theater building with its projection booth tower. The outdoor auditorium would have filled the space between.

In 2019 this angle looks the same though the trees are bigger. You can visit it virtually via Google Street View images taken in February.

A description from the webpage/guide says:

DREAM THEATRE

2308 Ponce de Leon Boulevard – John and Coulton Skinner [architects] – 1926

Consolidated Bank [now the Bank of America branch] has literally revived a Coral Gables dream: the bank’s offices occupy what once was the Dream Theatre. This outdoor movie house was built to resemble a Spanish bull ring. The theatre was enclosed by a curved wall planted with bougainvillea and tropical vines, and patrons would sit on apple-green painted wooden chairs under the stars, to watch the silent movies of the day. If you enter through the parking area, you will see the tower which housed the original projection booth. The large screen was placed at the opposite end.

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David_Schneider
David_Schneider commented about Dream Theater building from rear parking lot 1986 on Aug 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Here is the webpage for the April/June 2010 alumni newsletter of the Coral Gables High School Class of 1956 with some more of the Junior League’s guide to historic sites in Coral Gables from 1986 (scroll down till you see it):

http://www.gables56.com/newsletterarchive/nwsltr.015.0410.html

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