Edison Theater

7505 NE Second Avenue,
Miami, FL 33138

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This was a neighborhood theater showing double feature re-runs. It was an open-air theater, consisting of four walls and no roof. The only enclosed spaces were the ticket and projection booths, and a small back-stage area behind the screen.

It was a functioning theater until at least 1955. The last time I passed by the site in January of 2002 the building had been converted into a sheet metal shop.

Contributed by George Stegmeir

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Ron8445
Ron8445 on January 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

As I went to this movie house as a small boy in the late 40’s and early 50’s to see many a Western B-movie double feature I know that the description is not accurate.

It was only half roofless. The rear, towards the lobby, was covered with padded seats. The open-air front half had wooden seats rather than padded ones. The stage was concrete with what appeared to be a Spanish mission motif with a simulated bell tower,complete with bell. and real palm trees on either side of the stage. It was rumored to originally be Miami’s 1st Drive-in but, I’m not so sure.

The_Inventor
The_Inventor on February 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I’m a Ron also. Our family would go there because it was cheap. It was cooler in the open air part but you’d have to run like hell when a rain storm came up. The good thing was that it was hardly ever full and you could find a seat.

We probable went there less than 10 times, and 3 or 4 of them required rushing to the back. No matter how hard it poured the movie went on. There were times where you could hardly see the screen.

A slight aside to this, friends of parents owned the grocery store next door, Putzers. Mr. Putzer owned a small freight hauling ship. Because diabetes took his leg in the late 50’s, he could no longer captain and he would lease it out. One of the renters who leased the boat never brought it back as he had a “higher mission”. The renter, “Fidel Castro”.

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