Trail Theatre

3713 S.W. 8th Street,
Coral Gables, FL 33134-3102

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Trail Theatre

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Opened in 1930, the Trail Theatre was a sub-run, 960-seat movie theatre for most of it’s life. Spanish subtitled and Spanish films ruled through the 1960’s through to the 1980’s with Cuban themed live politcal satire and bawdy comedy plays taking over the house in the 1990’s along with the occasional live musical act. Closed in Spring of 2006 for code violations, conveniently when the comedy (“Dick & Pusy”) offended some locals, the Trail Theatre was up for grabs once again.

Located on Tamiami Trail (8th Street) and 37th Avenue (Douglas Road), the Trail Theatre is within Coral Gables city limits and therefore does not technically qualify as a Calle Ocho locale. Previous efforts to join the once triving Coral Gables first-runs failed as well as that cluster was closer to Miracle Mile.

A 1984 effort for an exclusive run of The Talking Heads' “Stop Making Sense” with quadrophonic sound failed miserably but first subtitled runs of blockbusters such as “The Godfather” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” always filled the house along with any Cantinflas re-release.

It is planned to reopen as a live theatre on January 29, 2011, with a reduced seating capacity of 430.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

1981 photo of the Trail here and 1987 photo of the Trail here.

Bway on February 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I drove passed the Trail a couple weeks ago when I was in the Miami area, on my way to get a Cuban Sandwich at Sarucci’s (wow are those good), and this theater caught my eye…. I guess the 2007 plan to tear it down is over (hopefully), as the theater is still there. It didn’t look too bad, although it definitely was still closed.

Jorge0557 on December 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

We are so excited, after a long time finally we recived the keys of the Trail Theater located on Calle 8 and 37 Avenue, the place was dirty but with new seats, carpets and paint inside, now the theather is for 430 persons, my partner and I are thinking on rent and coproduce, now the place is clean and starting to look like the old times, our friends are very excited that they will have a theather that is not too big or too small to perform.

My partner is Marisol Correa a Colombian actress since she was 10 years old, now she works for Caracol Broadcasting a local radio broadcast, on some TV shows and her passion is the theater.

We know that this are dificult times but we WILL PREVAIL.

So, could you change the ‘status’ for OPEN and can you will say us: “Break a Leg”?
Jorge Angulo

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Break a leg, Jorge. The Trail deserves another chance.

Jorge0557 on December 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

…and more about Trail Theater.

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We hope to see you there!

PhillipPessar on December 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

A recent photo of the Trail Theater.
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guarina on May 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

There used to be a Royal Castle on the corner. I remember seeing “The Green Berets” there. Armando Roblán had his live plays on the stage for years and lately variety shows.

ddjol51 on September 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

This Theater is on the north side of SW 8th st and therefore not in Coral Gables. Seems like a Calle Ocho theater to me.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

Coral Gables' city boundary extends to Flagler street at that point.

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