Foto Show - VeryEarly Photo

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Fotosho on Flagler Street

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Uploaded on: August 3, 2013

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Foto Show - VeryEarly Photo

There is another photograph after this of what I think is still the Fotosho at 51 SW 1st Avenue, now the Ainsley Building. It was a silent theater (no kidding) and was in operation from 1924 to ‘26, apparently done in by the Hurricane of 1926. See the next photo.

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Ben Arnold
Ben Arnold on August 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

Sorry for the double upload of this photo. The site was giving me trouble for awhile and I had to start all over again, as well.

Ben Arnold
Ben Arnold on August 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

This Foto Show was at 51 SW 1st Avenue. I made an incorrect statement, above, implying that the new Fotosho was still on 1st Ave., but it was on Flagler Street. This assumes, of course, that the various sources of this information are correct.

David_Schneider on January 22, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Ben, if there was an earlier Fotosho at 51 SW 1st Avenue where the Claude Pepper Federal Building is now this is not a photo of it.

As I’ve said on the main page:

The building to the left/west of the Fotosho in the earliest (shown above) and latest street scenes in the photos section of this listing still exists.

Look at Google Street View for 71 East Flagler Street and adjust the image to match the photos. The building next door in 2017 no longer has a balcony over the sidewalk but the windows and especially the rectangular portion sticking up towards the sky from the top of the center of the building is present in all time periods.

71 East Flagler Street in 2017 is the address of a Metro PCS Store. That and the Pizzarium at 69 East Flagler next to it are the storefronts on the bottom floor of the Ainsley Building (built in the 1950’s) that today are where the entrance to the Fotosho had been before the Fotosho‘s building was demolished. (Using address number 71 instead of 69 seems to give a more accurate Street View image when compared to the photos.)

Looks like the physical appearance of the front of the Fotosho in the photos section evolved over its years but was always at this location. Perhaps 51 SW 1st Avenue was the address before downtown Miami was readdressed?

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