1015 E. Colonial Drive,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Functions: Photography Studio
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Dec 17, 2014 — "New sign crowns Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50" From Orlando, FL.
- Dec 11, 2014 — "New Sign Installed for the Former Cameo Theatre" From Orlando, FL.
- Oct 16, 2008 — Cameo opens again!
The Cameo Theatre opened on November 27, 1940 with Bob Hope & Bing Crosby in “Road to Singapore” & Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in “Top Hat”. It was operated by E.J. Sparks, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. It was a latecomer in Orlando’s theatres, and was located just a block west of the Vogue Theatre. Open for less than a year, it was closed on September 21, 1941. The Cameo Theatre sat abandoned for years, save for an occasional booking by a evangelical group. The building was remodeled and occupied for years by IBM. Since then it has had many occupants, and has often been vacant. The marquee still stands.
In October 2008, it was in use as a live performance theatre, but had closed by Summer of 2009. By early-2010, it had reopened and was available ‘For Rent’, and several groups have regular performances, primarily live music. By early-2014 it was in use as a photography studio.
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The Cameo is open but not with The Greater Orlando Actors Theatre. They were using the space not running it. There are many users of the space including live music, comedy, theater, dance, art openings or just plain birthday parties. They are currently working with the space and trying to grow it again. True direction unknown. Currently including: MegaloMusic www.myspace.com/megalomusicevents ( a live music production company) which has shows many weekend nights a month, Hump Day Humor a comedy act on Wed. nights. Many events happen here every month including upcoming “Vibe” event (this weekend) and ELLA Music Fest Oct. 1-4 www.ellamusicfest.org
There is a Downtown revitalization by the city in this area spear headed by Mills 50. www.mills50.org
The Cameo Theater current active website www.thecameo.org
Here is my picture from November 2011. The building is currently on the market.
Does anyone have a picture of the Cameo back in the day??
The Cameo was racially segregated as were all of the other movie theaters in Orlando until a year or two before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.
Please see the photo section for newly surfaced photos of the Cameo and a special advertising section welcoming the new theatre. The Cameo opened on November 27, 1940, with the film ROAD TO SINGAPORE. Today, the new owner of the Cameo building wants to restore the façade to a close re-creation of what used to be.
The Cameo’s building has undergone an extensive renovation and is now occupied by “SNAP,” a photo gallery.
The Cameo’s light bulb lit sign has been replicated and is mounted on top of the building. This project was a joint effort by Jorge Boone, the building’s owner, and the Orlando City Council. See photos section on this page.
1941 ad for Florida State Theatres Orlando/Winter Park theatres posted to photo section.
Opened on November 27th, 1940 Cameo theatre opening Wed, Nov 27, 1940 – 5 · The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Florida) · Orlando Sentinel
Closed September 20th, 1941 per Cameo theatre closed Sun, Sep 21, 1941 – 21 · The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Florida) · Orlando Sentinel