Tivoli Theatre

744 W. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33130

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guarina on May 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Quite a few theaters starting with T in Miami, Town, Tivoli, Tower, Trail, Trianón, Twin, Triple.

AlAlvarez on May 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

I imagine the Tivoli turned to spanish films in the early 1960’s, after the Cuban revolution. Before that the neighborhood was mostly Jewish retirees watching subrun double features.

guarina on May 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

AlAlvarez, I don’t remember exactly when it started, but by l963 the Tivoli was already showing Sarita Montiel’s movies “La Violetera”, “Pecado de Amor”, “Frente al Pecado de Ayer”, “La Reina del Chantecler”, Spanish movies with Joselito and Libertad Lamarque, Argentinean movies with “Sandro”. I saw “El Bulín”, a very good Argentinean comedy. It later became a supermarket.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

This opened as a playhouse on January 31st, 1927. Ad being posted here.

AlAlvarez on July 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

According to an April 6, 1940 issue of Boxoffice magazine, the Tivoli was involved in the Paramount Consent Decrees whereby the management claimed that Paramount refused to allow the Tivoli a sub-run on their product until five months after first-run and after lower priced Paramount Theatres had already played out the films in the area. The Tivoli was forced to give Paramount a half interest in its profits in exchange for reduction in the clearance time.

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I did! I followed a few links posted at the Paris and 79th Street Art by ken mc, so credit needs to be given where credit is due. Thanks ken mc!

AlAlvarez on April 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

Wow! You’ve hit a gold mine of rare Miami theatres images, Harvey!

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

1987 photo of the Tivoli here.

AlAlvarez on April 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

The Tivoli opened in 1927 and closed in 1988.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 26, 2008 at 6:53 pm

The organ list doesn’t specify if the theater was a movie theater or not. It could have been a live theater as you mentioned Al. Or the Dramatic Theater could have been destroyed in a fire or by a hurricane.

AlAlvarez on January 26, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I have not heard of the Dramatic either but it could have been a legit house.

There were also a number of silent downtown Miami theatres that closed after the big mid-twenties hurricane when the city was almost wiped off the map.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 26, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I never heard of it either. I don’t have an address for the Dramatic Theater. The WurliTzer was installed in 1925. Its possible that the Dramatic Theater closed soon after that or possibly changed its name. Other than it being on the organ list, I haven’t found any other information for a Dramatic Theater.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on January 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm

LM, never heard or saw a Dramatic Theatre in Miami. Is there an address for that theatre? Al, have you heard of the Dramatic Theatre?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Al….The theater organ list only gives installation dates. A status is given for some organs but not all. This is a “WurliTzer Opus List”. If you search for an opus 1211, you will find two theaters listed. This theater and the Dramatic Theater in Miami. No status is given for the Tivoli, but a Reposessed status is given for the Dramatic Theater. As you can see, no dates are given. I’m not aware of any list that gives such dates.

AlAlvarez on December 15, 2007 at 12:10 am

The organ pit was shut by 1965 when I was there and kids threw gum from the front row for child star Marisol performing live. The Tivoli had an elaborate neon canopy that would date it to the thirties so I suspect sound was not a factor in the organ being removed or covered.
Switching to Spanish films may have eliminated a need for the organ, though.

LM, the Tivoli was very much on a Mexican distribution cycle, although audiences were predominantly Cuban. What happened to organs in the west when Mexican films started flowing into US cinemas?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 14, 2007 at 10:43 pm

The organ could have have been removed right after the theater upgraded to sound. Or it might have remained into the 1940s or 50s. No status was given for this organ so I have no idea when it was removed or what happened to it after it was removed.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on December 14, 2007 at 8:42 pm

Lost Memory, you are flipping me out with all these organ references! I have to assume that these organs were taken out way before I grew up in Miami during the 60s. I never saw not even one in any of the theatres. I did a search on the Wurlitzer models you mentioned to see if I could see a picture, in the hopes of jogging my memory, however I did not see anything.

Do you have any idea when these organs were taken out of the theatres? I wonder what they used them for? Intermission?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 29, 2007 at 3:43 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1211 style “B” special was installed in the Tivoli Theater on 10/18/1926.

fmwhizkid on October 24, 2006 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for the tip AlAlvarez…I will check out the Miami location first.

AlAlvarez on October 24, 2006 at 12:01 pm

Child St., if you have a multi-regional DVD you can order these from Spain. If not, Maraka Video from Miami carries several titles and some non-regional versions can be found on ebay from questionable Latin American sources.

Some VHS versions are also available.

fmwhizkid on October 24, 2006 at 10:28 am

I need to rent movies with child stars Joselito and or Marisol. These are early 1960’s movies that were shown at the Tivoli theatre in Miami Florida.

fmwhizkid on October 24, 2006 at 10:26 am

Where can I get information about child stars Joselito And Marisol?

AlAlvarez on August 31, 2006 at 8:55 am

There was another Spanish house with live shows along Flagler Street and towards downtown that closed in the late fifties/early sixties. It was displaced by 1-95 construction and was called Radio Centro or Radio City. Any ideas?

AlAlvarez on April 14, 2006 at 1:40 am

The Tivoli is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 947 seats.