Valentino Cinema

8524 SW Eighth Street,
Miami, FL 33144

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Opened in 1984 as the America Cinema, this triplex struggled with the multiplex boom and closed in 1990.

It was re-opened as the Valentino discount theatre and lasted until 2007.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Here is part of an article in June 2005 from the Miami Herald. A church is listed at the theater’s address now, but it’s unclear if this theater was in a mall which encompasses several different businesses, or was a stand-alone theater.

THE LANGUAGE OF FILM
In an age when multiplexes and chain cinemas dominate the silver screens, Valentino Cinema is an anomaly. The Westchester theater is family owned, has three screens – and is one of the only places in Miami-Dade County to solely show movies with Spanish subtitles. New releases, too. When Batman Begins rolled out this week in theaters nationwide, Valentino had it – and owner Andres del Campo was there to greet theater-goers, sell them tickets and even flip the switch to get the film…

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on March 21, 2009 at 8:34 pm

The site where this theatre was is a shopping center. Originally this property was the YWCA or a YWHA. It was huge and it had a grand pool. I can’t remember when the YW was demolished, but the shopping center has been there for quite some time now.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 29, 2009 at 4:30 am

The Valentino name started at the 1993 re-opening.

Harvey
Harvey on August 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

AMERICA TRIPLE AD 6/24/1983

The America was up in running in 1983 according to an ad I found and the theater seemed to be owned by the same people who owned the Trianon and the Midway at the time.

PrisMarrero
PrisMarrero on July 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

Hello there,

I was raised in this theater! My family ran and owned this theater for many years. It was the only Spanish-subtitles theater for many years in Miami. Many local artists would come by to visit my grandfather, Andres Marrero del Campo. My father, Andrew Marrero and grandfather were owners of several theaters in Florida.

I feel very blessed to have been able to grow up in an environment of creative people and movies! My brother, cousins and I would work the Concession stands and the film projection. My mom’s dad, Pedro Rene Hernandez, worked in the Concession stands as well.

It was a gem in Miami culture, and we were all very sad when they had to close the theater.

Thank you for keeping this website up to date and reminding future generations of the treasures that surround us.

Priscilla

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