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I would like to see Doubt with the subtitles for Che. Perhaps it would be like the Dark Side of Oz.
The lobby of this popular Miami Beach theatre was decorated with classical Chinese style paintings done by Frances Wolfson, wife of WOMETCO founder Mitchell Wolfson.
The first flea market I ever went to was at this drive-in in the late 60’s. At night there were cool lighting effects along the driveway and cashiers booth. I am usually really good at remembering what movies I saw where but oddly can’t reacall a single film at Tropicaire that my parents took me to see.
GAGA & YOYO at Olympia
The old Olympia Theatre in downtown Miami was my first introduction to the movie palace. My grandmother, Adele Valibus (GaGa to me) was a buyer for Burdines department stores and had her office nearby. My mother and aunt spent much of their childhood at the Olympia while their mom was at work. My mother often talked of being scared silly by some version of Phantom of the Opera that showed there when she was a kid. When I was a boy in the 1960â€™s it was always referred to as The OLD Olympia theatre. GaGa took me to there to see Boatniks and Herbie the Love Bug movies. More than the movies I liked the slightly run down ornate interiors, starry ceiling, odd spaces and balconies. I think I remember a suit of armor that made me a little a nervous. When I was in 6th grade the Olympia had become Gusman Hall and our class from the Cushman School went to see Yoyo Ma perform when I believe he was making his American debut. We were very excited because he was just a little older than us and was getting a lot of publicity. Iâ€™ve been is several spectacular theatres since then but for purely sentimental reasons the Olympia Theatre is my favorite of all time.
In 1986 I had a surreal job being tortured by Indians in the outdoor drama Tecumseh! Equally surreal was watching Princeâ€™s movie UNDER THE CHERRY MOON at this small gem of a theater after a pitcher of Kamikazes from the Cross-Keys Tavern.