Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater

280 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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David_Schneider on January 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

I walked by a couple days ago and noticed the classic box office on the sidewalk seems to be a tourist information kiosk during the day, then reverts to being the Playhouse box office when there is a show, so perhaps “Information Kiosk” could be added to the functions list.

DavidZornig on March 26, 2018 at 11:24 am

1948 Grand Opening photo courtesy of The Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theater.

Ripshin on August 19, 2017 at 12:17 am

I used to go to the children’s matinee on Saturdays, approximately 1970 – 73. Is there one site that would list the films each summer? I am trying to avoid combing through the Miami Herald files online (if they exist).

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!

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.

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.

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?

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 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.

PhillipPessar on December 27, 2010 at 8:09 am

Here is a photo from September 2010.View link

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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Coate on February 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

In what year did the Miracle get twinned?

rivest266 on January 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

December 7th, 1948 grand opening ad is at View link

rivest266 on January 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

November 23rd, 1983 reopening as a quad View link

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 3:11 am

Photo of the Miracle from 1981 here.

Ripshin on March 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Loved the children’s matinees in the late 60s/early 70s. When I returned to UM in the 80s, I HATED that they had chopped up the theater.

Keiko on June 26, 2007 at 8:21 am

In 1995 InterAmerica Stage, Inc. installed new stage rigging and a FOH lighting bar. The Artistic Director later desired superior lighting positions for the auditorium. In the late 90’s a full structural front of house catwalk and side lighting positions were manufactured and installed by IAstage.
The unique 300 seat performance space was created by closing off the balcony, using a portion of the original seating riser, walling off the balcony rail to the main auditorium. The outcome is a fabulous and intimate performance space. The Technical Manager labored over how to provide lighting positions for the unique space. Mark Black from IAstage was contacted to assist in the design of the planned lighting catwalks for the challenging space.
Sometime during the numerous planning discussions a light bulb went off” says Black. “How about a tension wire grid?” Well, the rest is history, a wire grid was installed giving the flexibility for creative lighting design while offering a safe means of access to the lights for the stage technicians. The grid system proved to be such a success, a second tension grid system was installed over the main stage.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 22, 2007 at 5:34 am

Another link about the Miracle.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 25, 2006 at 2:23 am

In the mid seventies, once the downtown houses turned to soft core and blaxploitation, a bus ride to Miracle Mile provided access to the Coral, Gables, Miracle and eventually the Cinematheque. The nearby Twin Gables and Trail provided other choices. When the Coral and Gables went, the Miracle split into two and then four screens. The Twin Gables became the Gables Triple and the whole neighborhood soon settled for the Miracle Center Multiplex outside the Gables. That short-lived latter complex was so daunting even the parking lot was a challenge, so steep my Toyota fell backwards and threw me out every time I tried to get in. Nowadays locals make due with the AMC Sunset Place, a new stadium seated improved version of the Bakery Center, Riviera and Sunset. Alas, the city of Coral Gables has no movie theatres to keep the little shops on Miracle Mile alive at night.

tfl on May 25, 2006 at 1:37 am

In the late 40’s and 50’s, tv sets were rare and small. Since each Wometco theatre had a nice, big set tuned to WTVJ, we were glad to pay the admission to watch favorite shows, and never even went into the auditorium to watch the movie, which was decidedly NOT “better than ever”.

bbin3d on October 12, 2004 at 2:38 pm

I saw EARTHQUAKE at the Miracle Theatre in 1974 and boy did the theatre shake. It was really scary, that is until I moved to Los Angeles and encountered the real thing.

lewbob on September 1, 2004 at 7:49 am

The Miracle during the early ‘70s was a great house. The TV in the lobby was always tuned to WTVJ-4 (also a Wometco property), and the A/C was strong. I saw The Way We Were multiple times in its original run at the Miracle, even taking a date once to sit on the lip of the balcony to make out. The Miracle capped off the tony feel of the Mile during those years. After a movie we’d go to The Scandinavians (a gift shop way ahead of its time for Miami), and then Jahn’s for ice cream.

cljahn on December 20, 2003 at 7:34 pm

There is an error in this listing: currently, the Miracle theatre does NOT have a movie screen, as it is not currently a movie theatre. It WAS a single screen when it opened, then split into two theatres side-by side, and the split again to create two small screening rooms in the balcony.
The architect of the renovation is John Fullerton of Fullerton, Diaz and Associates.

Much of the original architecture remains, including the marquee and ticket kiosk, lobby, and auditorium.

William on December 16, 2003 at 3:16 pm

The Miracle Theatre opened on December 7th, 1948 and it seated 1600 people. The architect of the Miracle Theatre was William H. Lee for the owners the Miracle Mile Realty Corp. and it was to be operated by the Wometco Theatres chain.