Homestead Theatre

413 Washington Avenue,
Homestead, FL 33030

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Homestead Theatre

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Opened as the Palms Theatre in 1963, this sub-run theatre operated from 1969 to 1983 as the Homestead Theatre.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

This was owned by Holiday Theatres in the seventies.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

This may have opened as the Palms theatre in 1963.

David_Schneider on January 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Across the street from the Seminole Theater on Krome Avenue in downtown Homestead is the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum. As of October 2014 when I last visited there were maybe 3-4 historic photos on display of some of the cinemas listed here on Cinema Treasures as formerly existing in Homestead. One may be of the Homestead Theater when it was called the Palms.

Walk to the back of the museum where the former jail cells are located, go left and look on the walls. I had noticed the same photos during visits in preceding years so I assume they may be on permanent display. The museum staff may be able to help you find them and other photos they may have.

Here is a link to the Museum’s Trip Advisor page:

I believe I was told or read somewhere that the Homestead Theater building was damaged enough by Hurricane Andrew that it was demolished shortly afterwards, though the theater apparently had already closed well before the storm.

David_Schneider on February 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

Elmorovivo: Wow, where did you find the picture of the marquee?

This photo also appears on p. 147 of the book “A Journey Through Time: A Pictorial History of South Dade” by Paul S. George, with the caption:

“Alex Weinstock (at the bottom of the ladder) and Frank Kelleher, Homestead Theatre executives, prepare the marquee of the new facility for its grand opening. 1955. Courtesy South Dade News-Leader”

The Miami-Dade Public Library system has 22 copies of this book.

A Miami Herald article, “Homestead’s Historic Seminole Theater: Restored and Once Again a Community Treasure”, says the Seminole Theater on Krome Avenue was built by Homestead pioneer James Washington English, and that “In 1955, English built another theater called the Homestead Theatre (where the Miami Dade College Homestead Campus parking lot sits today)…”

As I said in my previous comment, I may have seen a photo of the Palms theater, which this may have been at some point, in the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum across from the Seminole Theater.

David_Schneider on February 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Is the Homestead Theatre/Palms demolished or not?

I believe I’ve heard that it was…


Click “Street View” under photo on this page. Adjust the image until a Goodyear store is on your left. Pivot right until you see a white building across a parking lot with a radio tower in the background. Approach the white building by advancing the image into the parking lot/Palm Plaza.

To me, the part of the building that is now Tooth Place Dental Clinic, (8 Palm Plaza, Homestead, FL 33030 or type in “Tooth Place, Palm Plaza, Homestead, FL“ into Google Street View) with a tower that says “Palms Plaza” above the doorway and the way the entrance is shaped, looks like it could have been a movie theater.

Then check this out! – Now look at the historic photo of the marquee: the bricks on the side of the building and small poles holding up the roof over the sidewalk (one pole, then two poles next to each other) are visible in Google Street View in 2015 as being in front of a real estate services office at the edge of the building next to the dental clinic – and the Army Navy store in the photo is now the Mexico Market across the street!!!

The exact angle of the photo is not available in Street View, but it still looks like a match, especially if you imagine standing where the tree is on the side of the building next to the real estate office. (The larger poles holding up the marquee are gone.)

If I’m correct, what is this? The Palms? The Homestead Theatre not demolished after all?

Copying this into your browser might show the Street View image:,-80.4760012,3a,75y,90h,89.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLAYLY3_UygjHIFrKC_7aJQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

(Interesting that the street at the other end of the Palms Plaza leading from the Mexico Mart into the Miami-Dade Community College campus is called English Avenue, probably named after the person who built the Homestead Theatre.)

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