Strand Theatre

3033 NW 7th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33127

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Inside the old Strand Theater

The orginal name of this theatre was the Strand Theatre when it opened on September 18, 1915 with Viola Allen in “The White Sister”. In 1926 it became the 7th Avenue Theatre, then on November 23, 1938, reverted back to the Strand Theatre name when it was taken over by Wometco Theatres and reopened with The Ritz Brothers in “Straight Place and Show”.

On July 2, 1968 it was renamed Strand Art Theatre, an adult theatre, and then it was called the Sun-Sun Cinema, which I believe showed martial arts movies, the the Shanghai Theatre. For a short period prior to closing, it reverted back to the Strand Theatre name. The theatre is now used a church.

This theatre was the typical theatre seen in Miami throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. The entrance of the Strand Theatre looked a lot like the old Town Theatre in downtown Miami. On the outside neon lights decorated the theater marquee, and dead center were the words “Always 2 Features”.

Contributed by Louis Jimenez

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Fermin Cuza
Fermin Cuza on January 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Louis of Pompano:

I forgot to say thanks for the picture of the theater. I wish I had seen it with the seats but this is better than nothing. Many thanks.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on January 6, 2016 at 6:22 am

Fermin,

I agree, at least we got something. I had made several attempts prior to the renovation to get some interior pics, but was never able to be in the area when someone was actually there. In spite of the renovation, the church that renovated the place, is no longer there. I am not sure what the status of the actual theatre building is at this time.

Last year I went to a craft beer festival and found that there is a brewery nearby, Wynwood Brewery. I spoke to one of the guys who is either a manager or an owner about the old Strand Theatre and what a great location that would be for a brewery/bar. He showed interest, I guess he was not aware that the theatre was there. Hopefully they may be interested in setting up shop there, as it is not very far from the actual brewery itself.

In the meantime I am still trying to find an old picture of the Strand in it’s glory days, but that hasn’t panned out very well… yet!

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on January 6, 2016 at 6:27 am

Al,

The Strand was never Teatro Nacional. The name rings a bell, but it’s exact location, I don’t know. I know Teatro Marti was around in those days. A lot of small theatre’s were an on off thing in Miami back in the mid 70’s to early 80’s.

Fermin Cuza
Fermin Cuza on January 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Louis of Pompano:

Good work on your part with the brewery. Too bad the look and feel of a places such as the Strand Theater could not be preserved by new business' when they take it over. Or leave it as is if possible. I went for a while to the Essex Theater in Hialeah near Miami Springs as a kid. A few years ago on a business trip to Miami I drove by it and went inside during a Christian service on a Friday night and the interior looked very much the same. I sat down for a few minutes in the back during the service and just enjoyed taking in the sight. It was fun to look over the size and spacing of the room, ceiling, walls and stage, as I was only a kid then and everything seemed bigger. I will continue to see if I can find a source listing the films shown in Miami during that period, I would really enjoy slowly perusing over that list while enjoying a bag of popcorn and soda!

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on January 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm

The idea of putting a brewery in the old theater is to restore the original marquee, screen, and instead of a stage, 100 taps! Then fill the auditorium with tables, and restore the concession stand to sell finger food. Hell you can even play movies on the old screen if you want. I guess a Twist to an old theater, while preserving it’s charm would have been a good idea. LOL!!! Not sure if they took the bite or not, but it was well worth giving it a shot. The Strand is the only place left from the silent film era that is still standing, with the exception of the Olympia, the rest are all either malls, stores, or who knows what. I think the Strand is worth preserving.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 23, 2020 at 2:28 pm

The Strand theatre opened on September 18th, 1915. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 25, 2020 at 1:10 pm

Reopened on November 23rd, 1938 along with the reopening of the Paramount the next day. Grand opening ad posted. The Strand theatre that opened on September 18th, 1915 and closed in 1923 may have been in another location, but the newspapers did not gave the address.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm

That older Strand was on Flagler Street and Miami Avenue.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm

Older Strand ad removed, Thanks, Al. I will be making a new entry for that theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm

It reopened as the Strand-Art on July 2nd, 1968. Grand opening ad uploaded.

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