Cameo Theatre

1445 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Marquee Of The Cameo Theatre

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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”.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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PhillipPessar on January 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

A recent photo of the Cameo Theater.
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LuisV on April 3, 2011 at 12:23 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 8:51 am

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.

Harvey on August 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm

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.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I don’t know how this has not already been linked, as the article was published on September 9, 1999, but Cameo Role, from the Miami New Times, gives a history of the theater from its opening through the halcyon days when it was one of the region’s leading live music venues in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, the 9-photo slide show (click on the image at the top of the article) consists mostly of small pictures from the Cameo’s 1980s punk rock era, with only four shots with the theater itself, and those only showing the marquee.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

I think all the Crobars are closed now. Nature of the business I suppose. Clubs always need to be new.

aeterna on December 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

When Richard Shelter moved his shows from the Ocean 71 hotel on Collins Avenue and 71st (nee Flynn’s), he switched to the Cameo as his primary venue in the mid 1980s. While Shelter would move on to LA, his brief one year stint promoting the venue as a punk and alternative music scene would ultimately take hold and end its run as a movie house by the latter part of the 1980s. But prior to this, the Cameo in the 70s and early 80s was known for surf movies, B-movie fare and 99 cent triple bill Kung Fu extravaganzas.

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