Rex Art Theatre

7920 NE 2nd Avenue,
Miami, FL 33138

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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres

Previous Names: Rosetta Theatre, 2nd Avenue Art Theatre, King Art Theatre

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Opened as the Rosetta Theatre on February 16, 1926 with Tom Mix in “The Yankee Senor”. It was operated by Wometco Enterprises. It was located on NE 2nd Avenue just south of 79th Street, in the area known as Little River.

In the latter days of its existance it operated as an adult movie house named 2nd Avenue Arts Theatre from February 17, 1971 and from April 19, 1974 it became the Rex Art Theatre. The overall looks of the marquee and theatre’s main entrance suggested it was a classic movie house at one time.

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Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 3:01 am

1985 photos of the Rex here and here.

1511 on October 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

I Remember Buying Cigarettes In The Machine In The Lobby And Getting Three Pennies Change Back Inside The Cellophane Of The Pall Mall Package. To Sit In The Smoking Section I Had To Pay An Extra 25 cents. What A ‘Funky’ Smell The Carpeting Throughout The Theater Had … WHEW!

tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Back when a 12-YO kid could ride his bike from El Portal to Little River and see an afternoon of films, the Rosetta was it. The balcony, even back then (late 1960s to early 1970s) was where the stoners would sit. Sad when the theatre went adult and then closed.

nephilim on October 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm

I remember the lobby cigarette machine and the three-penny change it returned inside the package cellophane. Like it was yesterday… How about Grable’s Bakery next door and the C & C diner directly across the street? The Rosetta was my home away from home. How I loved the movies! And the hamburgers at Royal Castle after the picture broke and I hopped the bus home to Miami Shores. Thanks for the memories!

rivest266 on January 25, 2020 at 10:25 am

The Rosetta theatre opened on February 16th, 1926 with Tom Mix in “The Yankee Senor”. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on January 26, 2020 at 9:02 am

A “Little River” theatre opened on 79th St. & NE 2nd, Avenue on January 18th, 1949 and closed in 1954. Is this the same building?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 26, 2020 at 9:03 am

Rivest, the Little River was the 79th Street Twin (Bard).

rivest266 on February 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

Become 2nd Avenue Art on February 17th, 1971. Ad posted.

rivest266 on February 8, 2020 at 11:19 am

Became Rex Art Cinema on April 19th, 1974. Little River ad pulled.

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