Wigwam Theatre

East Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Opened around 1912 and operated by Clifford Brown, the Wigwam Theatre was one of Miami’s earliest purpose built movie theatres. It was located on East Flager Street, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue. The owner, a showman, gave away pianos and automobiles as part of theatre’s promotions.

By 1916 the Wigwam Theatre was closed.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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BobSteele
BobSteele on April 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Looking for exact address or pictures of wigwam operated by Clifford Holmes Brown

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm

This link has a 1975 Boxoffice magazine article about Miami movie-going during the silent era:

http://www2.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1975-1-27&page_no=40#page_start

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on February 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

In a chapter entitled “Development of Miami’s Theaters” of the book “Historical Sketches And Sidelights Of Miami, Florida" printed in 1925, local author Isidor Cohen mentions:

“About [1912] another movie was opened in the ‘Hunter’ building on East Flagler Street, between First and Second avenues, called ‘The Wigwam,’ by the late Clifford Brown. Mr. Brown excelled his competitors by equipping his theater with a mirror screen and by giving away pianos and automobiles to the lucky winners among his patrons.”

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