Trail Theatre

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

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 8, 2018 at 8:11 am

The Trail opened in 1948.

Trolleyguy on January 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

Website in Spanish:

schmidt33 on January 8, 2018 at 6:59 am

Correction: The TRAIL THEATER was built by my Father Edward N. Claughton in the mid 1940s and was one of a chain of 14 Claughton Theaters in Florida. It did not become a Spanish theater until after my family sold it the 1960s.

schmidt33 on January 8, 2018 at 6:35 am

This theater was built in the early 1940s by my father, Edward N. Claughton and was one of several Claughton Theaters owned and managed by my family in greater Miami, Tampa and Boynton.

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

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

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.

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.

PhillipPessar on December 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

A recent photo of the Trail Theater.
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Jorge0557 on December 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

…and more about Trail Theater.

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We hope to see you there!

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

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

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

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.

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Yes. Tamiami Trail, Calle Ocho and 8th Street are all the same.

The Trail is now the Latin Quarter Cultural Center presenting Spanish language plays. Since it has been refurbished it appears the bank idea has happily fallen by the wayside.

Ripshin on April 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm

AA, thanks for the heads up. I just Google-mapped it, with Street View, and it is indeed the theater where I saw “The Exorcist” in Nov. 1982, while a UM student. Why I went to a Spanish-subtitled theater, I’m not sure. Probably, because I had never seen the film on the large screen. Strange that I would eventually move only a few blocks south of it, my senior year, but not remember it. (As a UM film school student, I went to a lot of the theaters in the Gables area.)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

I went by this theatre today and a new marquee sign and front doors have been installed. It appears to be getting ready to re-open, perhaps once again as a legit house for local Spanish language productions.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 29, 2006 at 9:14 pm

Brigitteg, this was published in May:

For sale or lease by owner, Bill Ogden, please call 305-663-5860.

brigittegj on September 29, 2006 at 10:10 am

When you say it is “up for grabs” do you mean it is for sale or lease? Do you know if anyone is currently planning on renovating it?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 31, 2006 at 5:56 am

At some point operated by Claughton Theatres.