Coconut Grove Playhouse

3500 Main Highway,
Miami, FL 33133

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Coconut Grove Playhouse

Originally built as a majestic movie palace in 1926, the theater has two stages for live theater.

The theater closed in April of 2006 and its future is uncertain.

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on March 1, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Feb 2008 shot of the exterior of the auditorium and stage house with scene dock door and stage door to the right in the photo.
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Mmiami
Mmiami on March 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Does anybody knows where I could find images and/or architectural drawings of the Coconut Grove Playhouse pre-1950’s renovation?? Beside the historical museum of Florida and Miami-Dade Historic preservation board.
thanks

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Three plans to rescue the theatre:

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

Grand opening (or reopening) ad with some pictures from October 3rd, 1930 is at View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A NEWS Theatre in Coconut Grove and the Grove overlap from 1941 to 1945, so they must have been different theatres. I assume the News was a newsreel theatre during this period.

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on February 9, 2017 at 10:33 am

The latest I’ve read from December 2016 says the plan is to keep the façade of the Playhouse but to construct a different theater inside instead of restoring the interior:

“To Be or Not to Be (small): Is Size Key to Grove Playhouse Revival?”

“Coconut Grove Playhouse Restoration Plans are B.S., Preservationists Say”

I have uploaded photos of a historical marker that was placed next to the Playhouse entrance sometime in the past year or so.

Coconut Grove Playhouse Foundation website.

Wow, back in the 90’s I’d walk past the sort of sealed up parts of the exterior of the façade along the sidewalk and wonder if there had been stores or something there, and if you look at the photo from the 1920’s it turns out they were storefronts.

For a year or so in 2014, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in, now in Palmetto Bay near the Deering Estate, was located in the parking lot behind the Playhouse:

“Blue Starlite Drive-in Finds New Home at Old Coconut Grove Playhouse“

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on September 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

There are descriptions of the renovation project’s progress from the county’s point of view on the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Coconut Grove Playhouse Project webpage.

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