Strand Theatre

3033 NW 7th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33127

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Inside the old Strand Theater

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The orginal name of this theatre was the Strand Theatre when it opened in 1918. In 1926 it became the 7th Avenue Theatre, then in 1938, reverted back to the Strand Theatre name.

In later years it became the Strand Art, 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 Stand 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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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on July 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Now all we need is an original picture of the exterior! I have been searching for that for quite some time. Always hoping someone posts one.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 19, 2012 at 4:35 am

Here is a link to a YouTube video it was taken inside the old Strand Theater after the renovations. The orientation of the theater auditorium was, north (back of the theater), and south (screen). The theater did have a stage originally, however it was extended out, and to each side, giving it the church appearance that you will see on the video. There are some pictures that show the old stage, those were taken during the renovation process. The building is close to being 100 years old, so judging by the video and the pictures they have done a really nice job renovating. Given Miami’s history of demolition, it’s nice to see that this old theater has found a new life and purpose.

Here is the link, enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eug_Z4KE_vg

Harvey
Harvey on September 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Added an ad in photos from The Miami News from July 19, 1986 for the Shanghai Theater, located at The Strand address.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Does anyone know if this was Teatro Nacional in 1976 showing movies?

Fermin Cuza
Fermin Cuza on January 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm

I just found this website, I hope someone else will be visiting soon. I went to the Strand Theater from 1954-1959 while I attended Buena Vista Elementary just a few blocks east of the theater. It was where I fell in love with movies. I treasure the memories of Saturday matinees, one hour of cartoons before the double feature, 15 cent admission and all the great films I enjoyed. I live in California now but when I visit Miami, sometimes I drive by the old theater. One wish I have is to find a listing of all the movies played at the Strand during that period, that way I can match the movies I remember with the exact date I saw them. I think I can do that one day by sifting through the old Miami Herald papers but that would take a long time. If I ever do, I will forward to this link. All my best to anyone out there that may have shared similar memories at the Strand Theater during that period,

Fermin Cuza
Fermin Cuza on January 5, 2016 at 5:26 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 4:22 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 4:27 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 12:06 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 12:50 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.

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