Circle Theater

33 Curtiss Parkway,
Miami Springs, FL 33166

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Circle Theater

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This theater was located on the Circle in Miami Springs off Poinciana Boulevard. This theater played double features for a buck. Long known for playing “Reefer Madness” and several other cult classics.

The entrance to this theater was different from all others. There was a traditional ticket box office and the theater entrance was about 75 feet into the rear of a small strip mall or shopping center as it was know in those days. On the north side of the walkway was a Rexall Drugstore, which at one time had a full soda fountain/ice cream parlor. The ticket booth was later removed and the ticket office was relocated to the rear where the actual entrance to the theater was located. The Circle Theater was twinned in 1984 and closed in 1989.

Contributed by Louis Jimenez

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WayBackWhen2008 on August 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm

How do you get or know all this? Do you remember or is there as site that has this info? Did you go to the theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

Hi MariaMaria. I have been collecting this info since I was a kid and I have started going through it recently along with old Miami Herald Movie Time Clocks and Film Daily Yearbooks. I was a theatre manager and movie ad placement paste-up “artist” in the Miami area in the late seventies and early eighties. I worked in Hialeah briefly at the Village (Atlas), but not at the Circle.

WayBackWhen2008 on August 24, 2008 at 8:27 pm

I heard a rumor when I was a kid that the Village Theatre was haunted. No joke. The only time I ever saw a movie there was when my mom took my abuela and I to see Julio Iglesias movie there. I remember Alvarez Guedes opened up (live) and did a stand up. My grandomother was shocked as my mom was due to the strong language content. I thought that he was funny. But it was funnier to see my abuela’s expressions. You remember that showing?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I was not there for any live shows as I was manager during the ABC Florida State Theatres and Plitt days. I did see Julio Iglesias movies at the Tivoli and am well aware of Alvarez Guedes albums and his movie, “A Mi Que Me Importa Que Explote Miami?”

Does that one ring a bell?

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 5:28 am

1982 photo of the Circle here.

WayBackWhen2008 on April 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm


Where did you get that great pic of Circle Theatre? Are there more? I am working on a memory album and that pic was great. Would love to get more.


Harvey on April 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Hi Maria,

That link takes you to American Classic Images which sells prints of these photos. That site was a boon to many of us here as they have photos of old movies from across the nation. You can search whatever city/state you want there. Found a bunch of old Miami theaters.

floydianslipped on August 2, 2012 at 1:42 am

Hi, this theater has always been located at the END OF N. POINCIANA BLVD IN HOOK SQUARE at the rear of 33 CURTISS PARKWAY. It’s current name is the Talia Circle Theater inc. and though not being used its not demolished either. The property was divided up and the front remodeled into the current strip mall, the rear of the property still bears traces of its theater days. Here’s a 1980’s pic before the remodel

axegrinderj on May 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm

My parents were the last to own this theater… Back then, it was a really fun place, I used to work there after school.. it was an arcade of shops, is what it was called back then. Really classic place. ..

schmidt33 on January 8, 2018 at 8:29 am

No, it was never a Wometco Theater. It was built by my father, Edward N. Claughton in 1949. It was one of several Claughton theaters in Florida, including the Royal and Embassy in downtown Miami, as well as the
trail on 8th St. and the Variety on Miami Beach.

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