Coconut Grove Playhouse

3500 Main Highway,
Miami, FL 33133

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Coconut Grove Playhouse

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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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curtis41
curtis41 on January 16, 2008 at 7:38 pm

As an 8th grader, at the then brand new North Miami Jr. High School, Mr. Ashbacher took a lot of students to the Coconut Grove Theater to see the Glass Menagerie and other plays. It was great and I remember it to this day. This was around 1955 or 1956. It was really nice to see a teacher want to have his students expand their horizons and although a day late and a dollar short, thank you very much Mr. Ashbacher.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on January 16, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I saw Chita Rivera at the Playhouse back in the early 90s in her fantastic show with orchestra , dancers and singers. The theatre is a perfect live venue space and all should be done to reopen this gorgeous theatre. Chitas show had the personalized title of ‘Chita In The Grove’

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on March 1, 2008 at 11:43 pm

A Feb 2008 photo of the Playhouse. From this distance it looks OK but a closer look will show you that it has been left to the elements of late. I spoke to the car park attendant and he said there was all probability that the theatre would be demolished this year!!! i walked away stunned!
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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on March 1, 2008 at 11:46 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 10:00 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 8:41 pm

Three plans to rescue the theatre:

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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 5:20 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 1:33 pm

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“

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