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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

The Tivoli opened in 1927 and closed in 1988.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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.

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?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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?

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?

fmwhizkid on October 24, 2006 at 5:28 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 14, 2006 at 1:40 am

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