Cameo Theatre

1445 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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The 1938 Cameo Theatre, a Miami Beach landmark and gem of Art Deco architecture, designed by Robert E. Collins, has been transformed into a Crobar nightclub, sister to those in New York, Chicago, Hollywood and Buenos Aires.

This theater was a favorite subject of painter Davis Cone, and appears several times in the book, “Popcorn Palaces”.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 17, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Ken, the Madonna is the Roxy and is listed here, somewhere.

Sorry to read about the Lincoln being closed. Anything announced as coming up there?

DameRaven
DameRaven on May 7, 2007 at 2:55 am

Wow Disco Inferno ther eis a name I have not heard or thought of in ages, but wow did I ever have a blast there, every Sunday we all went, me and the rest of us from our Club, as we were also Promoters at the time from another one nighter, well actually two nighters by then, but we had a blast, and so enjoyed it. Sometimes I even worked the door At the Cameo during that time and even on your days, smiles I was looking for some pics of the theatre and found this site and was shocked to see a post from an old fellow promoter, as I have long been out of the business, and away from SB. But I think of it often, I was looking for some info, a friend had asked if I knew what happened to the building behind the Cameo and I had no clue , can someone tell me what it is now? It would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any information on this mater.

Wow thinking of the other post about the shows, There were some AMAZING shows back int he day, I have an entire two photo albums filled with ticket stubs, and I know there is a few that got lost during the moves over the years, but man some of the shows I have seen can not be compared to anything I have sen since.
And the pits, Do I remember the pits. smile

Well off to do things I hope all have a great time and enjoy the memories. of this wonderful place, I know it will stay with me forever.

305Disco
305Disco on May 7, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Hey LilBouncerGirl, the building directly behind the Cameo was the Warsaw Ballroom, unfortunately it is no longer a venue for a nightclub,it is now a deli!

PhillipPessar
PhillipPessar on January 3, 2011 at 12:30 am

A recent photo of the Cameo Theater.
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LuisV
LuisV on April 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Is this a strip club now. It certainly isn’t CroBar. I saw a sign advertising lapdances outside. Very sad.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm

This very deceptive ad, that promotes “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK” as light comedy, was the Cameo’s only Roadshow attraction. According to Variety, it was also one of the few successful runs for “Anne Frank” outside of new York.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lF1VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Nz8NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3256%2C4366891

Harvey
Harvey on August 19, 2012 at 7:45 am

3 Miami Herald photographs from February 1985 article here. Includes photo of projection booth.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2015 at 2:51 am

The July 5, 1938, issue of The Film Daily ran this item about the proposed theater at Washington Avenue and Española Way:

“Weingarten Miami Beach House Ready for Winter

“Miami Beach— New $100,000 theater to be erected here by Herman Weingarten, prexy of the W. G. Operating Co., will be ready for the 1938-39 winter season, it is announced. Thirty-six year lease on a site at Espanola Way and Washington Ave. has been closed.

“Paul Greenbaum of New York City, associated with Weingarten for the last 20 years in the construction of theaters in New York, Brooklyn and Long Island, will have charge of construction work. Robert Collins is architect.

“The building will have a large entrance on Washington Ave. and a roomy balcony and open smoking loge. The latest type of construction and air conditioning will be utilized.”

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