Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater

280 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Miracle Theater Coral Gables

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The Miracle Theater opened on December 7, 1948 as a neighborhood movie house with 1,600 seats, which were located on the main floor and a seperate raised section at the rear. Its sumptuous Streamline Moderne lobby and marquee welcomed visitors to the movies for decades until the theater closed.

The City of Coral Gables purchased the historic movie house and, in 1990, the Miracle Theater began a $6.5 million dollar renovation to become the home of the Actor’s Playhouse.

Five years later, the Miracle Theater became a performing arts center and returned the theater to its original Art Moderne opulence. Workers stripped off fibreglass wall coverings to reveal green-and-white Deco floral patterns, 1947 designs that had been hidden for years. The lobby was returned to its original elegance with refurbished hardwood counters and wall paneling, restored Art Deco lighting fixtures and signage, and a period-inspired carpet.

Restoration of the beautiful 600-seat Mainstage auditorium was completed in 1995. Mainstage has a proscenium opening 45' wide by 22' height.

In 1988, a portion of the large former balcony became the 300 seat Balcony Theater. The Balcony Theater is used for childrens theatre, smaller productions and by community cultural groups.

The Black Box Studio is also on the second floor. It seats up to 100, and has panels that can divide it up into three rooms. The Black Box performance space is designed for innovative new work, cutting-edge experimental theater, and to provide space for rehearsals, educational programs, and visual arts exhibitions.

Today, the Miracle Theater is still the home of the Actor’s Playhouse theater company. It is a cultural and performing arts center for the community that truly reflects the greatness of the theater’s past.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

Coate
Coate on February 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

In what year did the Miracle get twinned?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Hi Michael.

The Miracle opened as a twin on June 23, 1978.

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PhillipPessar
PhillipPessar on December 27, 2010 at 8:09 am

Here is a photo from September 2010.View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

They are worth a lifetime of cherished memories.

If you want to sell your legacy for dollars, try craigslist.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

1948, 1978 and 1983 grand opening ads are now in the photo section.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 5, 2011 at 5:49 am

There has never been another Miracle Theatre in South Florida except for this one, Chuck. I went there when it was a single, a twin and also when it was a quad. It was then restored to a single screen for plays.

How could a theatre at 3465 N.W. 2nd Avenue ever have been in Coral Gables?

guarina
guarina on May 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I remember the Coral, the Gables and the Miracle. Huricane Andrew took the ornate sign of the Miracle, which is now a playhouse, and the other two are gone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

This page of Showmen’s Trade Review for August 20, 1949, features six photos of the Miracle Theatre.

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on January 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

In 1992 or 93 some scenes for the feature “Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” were filmed in the Miracle Theater. I remember reading a Miami Herald article about the screenwriter being from South Florida, seeing it mentioned on tv news, and walking by and seeing the area closed off for production.

When the film was released it played at the Miracle – and I just had to see it in the cinema where some of it was filmed!

I had the interesting experience of sitting there watching the film… and suddenly the scene on the screen is in the lobby behind me, that I had just walked through to get to my seat!

Richard Harris is a theater employee who takes the ticket of theater-goer Shirley MacLaine (if I remember all this correctly). They are standing by what may still be the restrooms on the right side of the lobby near a staircase. Then they are in a movie theater with a film playing – most likely in the same theater where I am sitting watching this, or in one of the adjacent others in the same building!

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