Dade Theatre

1657 NW 36th Street,
Miami, FL 33142

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The Dade Theatre opened around 1942 and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary S.A. Lynch. It was still open in 1958.

Contributed by Louis of Pompano Beach

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 27, 2008 at 11:43 am

Fred, it is listed as Gusman; /theaters/77/

If a site still has some use as a theatre of any kind it is listed under its current name.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on August 27, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Although I liked the Olympia, the Beach, Miami, and Carib theatres get my vote for the most impressive!

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on August 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Fred,

Do you remember if the Strand had a stage?

OldDocFred
OldDocFred on August 27, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I’m pretty sure it did. As I said, I won a Halloween costume contest there so we must have been up high enough for people to see us. But, since I was only six or so at the time, I could be mistaken.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm

This theatre appears in the Miami Herald ads from 1940 to 1955.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

The November 28th, 1940 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section as well as the picture on this page.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on December 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Wow, who got the pic? AWESOME!!!!!

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 31, 2015 at 12:08 am

Who was the architect and in what style was the Dade Theatre designed? When did it close and when was it demolished?

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 31, 2015 at 12:29 am

Why are all of these other theaters discussed here? The topic here is the Dade Theatre. Please, these other theaters have their own pages!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

I haven’t been able to discover the architect of the Dade Theatre, but according to the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily the contractors were the A. G. Witters Company. The Internet says there is still a Witters Construction Company operating in Hialeah, but I can’t find a web site for it. I don’t know if it’s the same company, but even if it is it seems unlikely they’d still have the records of a project built 75 years ago.

As for the style, from the one photo we have it appears to have been the basic Streamline Modern typical of most of the theaters built in 1940.

The Dade was in operation at least as late as 1954, when the October 2 issue of Boxoffice reported that it was getting a new manager, Allen Armstrong, formerly of the San Marco Theatre in Jacksonville. However, the house didn’t last much longer. The May 28, 1955, issue of Boxoffice reported that the Dade Theatre was being razed and would be replaced by a store and office building. The replacement building has apparently been demolished as well, and replaced by an apartment house called Friendship Tower.

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