Fotosho Theatre

51 SW First Avenue,
Miami, FL 33130

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Fotosho on Flagler Street

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Located on the site of the current Ainsley Building, the Fotosho Theatre was a silent movie theatre operating in downtown Miami in 1924. It was closed after the 1926 hurricane, but reopened only to close permanently in 1930.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 29, 2008 at 8:46 am

Yes, LM. That’s the one. The Hippodrome advertised on top was down the street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 10, 2009 at 8:25 pm

The Fotosho was already open in 1915. It DID eventually re-open after the 1926 hurricane only to close again for good in 1930.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 1, 2009 at 10:35 am

Several views of the Fotosho can be found here.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

A previous theatre operated at the Fotosho location with the name MARCO and was opened by F. E. McViegh. The location (it is unclear whether it ever showed films) eventually fell in the hands of the Leach Family who partnered with Famous Players-Lasky and eventually founded the Miami branch of Paramount-Publix.

The group eventually controlled the Fotosho, Fairfax, and the Airdome.

David_Schneider on January 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm

One of the photos of the Fotosho on the photos page here also appears on page 2 of the book “The Community of Cinema: How Cinema and Spectacle Transformed the American Downtown” by James Forsher.

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