Lincoln Theatre

541 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Mikeoaklandpark on September 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

Information above should be changed to closed renovating. When I was in Miami BEach in MArch the theater had closed.

irishcine on September 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

A story about the conversion of the Lincoln into a shop is at……

ChasSmith on October 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

When was Lincoln Road malled? Sometime in the 1960s, right? But which year?

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The January 15th, 1936 grand opening ad had been posted here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

Jeff, Brandt closed it in 1970. It re-opened in 1972 as a discount house with occasional first-runs and ran until the summer of 1987. It later re-opened as a performing arts center with movie facilities.

“Ben-Hur” premiered here in 1959 and again for the 1969 roadshow re-release. I can’t help with the wagon wheel.

Jeff_Donnelly on October 14, 2011 at 8:20 am

There are some urban lends about the Miami Beach Lincoln Theater. Did Ben Hur premiere her in 1960? Was there a wagon/chariot wheel in the lobby to commemorate that event? On the comment above, I would suggest a slight change: the Lincoln Theater (541 Lincoln Road) was open as late as 1986 when I went to a movie there, but I would be intersted in any help in finding documentation on the closing date.

ChasSmith on August 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Your help is always appreciated. Thank you!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm


Here are some Lincoln roadshows:

1957 “The Bridge on the River Kwai” 1959 “Ben-Hur” 1960 “Pepe” 1961 “Judgment at Nuremberg” 1962 “The Longest Day” 1963 “Cleopatra” 1964 “My Fair Lady” 1965 “The Agony and the Ecstasy” 1966 “Exodus” 1967 “Camelot” 1968 “Star!” 1970 “Patton”

If you want to search further, The Miami News is available here:

ChasSmith on August 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’d love to know which roadshow films were run at this theater during the 1960s.

LuisV on April 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The status of this theater needs to be changed to CLOSED. I just passed by and it is all boarded up with lots of work going on behind the scenes; presumably to convert it to retail space. We’ll see see what H&M will do to preserve the old theater. I am not hopeful.

sporridge on February 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

(If anyone from CT sees this, time to mark the status as “Closed”)

Fashion retailer H&M just announced plans to take over the former (hurts to say that) Lincoln, aiming for a fall 2012 opening:

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Meanwhile, there’s a possibility that the Jackie Gleason Theater (currently aka The Fillmore at…) may disappear in a proposed major renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Live Nation could’ve taken over the Lincoln instead.

irishcine on January 27, 2011 at 2:28 am

Stories on the new concert hall opening confirm the Lincoln has been sold by the NWS, but gave no information concerning the plans for future development of retail space at the Lincoln.

Any word of the retail scheme?

PhillipPessar on December 31, 2010 at 4:19 am

A recent photo of the Lincoln Theater.
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sporridge on December 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

NWS gave their last performances at the Lincoln in December 2010, before the move to their new auditorium. The Miami Herald reported the final concert concluded with a retrospective slide show of NWS' 20 years at the Lincoln, with a singalong of “Auld Lang Syne.”

The imminent conversion to retail reportedly includes some provisions that would eventually allow the possibility of restoration as a performing arts venue.

HowardBHaas on October 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Article about conversion to retail. Some features to be restored but for how long? 5 years?

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sporridge on February 2, 2010 at 4:26 am

If the New World Symphony gives its final Lincoln concert as planned in January 2011, that will coincide with the theatre’s 75th anniversary.

Since classical music itself is based on continuation of heritage, I wish NWS would’ve been more sympathetic to architectural legacy as well. Yet times being what they are, especially for nonprofits, I can unfortunately see why they sold it.

miamiguy on February 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

Yeah, that “conversion to retail” thing really worked out well for the Caribe and the Beach Theaters didn’t it.

Sheezh…these short-sighted City officials…

kencmcintyre on January 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I know a real estate investor that owns a lot of the property across the promenade from the Lincoln. I didn’t see his name on that list, though.

sporridge on January 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Say goodbye:

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2010 — still home of the New World Symphony. 2011 — shops and restaurants.

rivest266 on January 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

Grand opening ad From January 15th, 1936 is View link

kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm

There are some photos of the theater on this page:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm

The Lincoln opened in 1936. As a movie theatre it was operated by Wometco (1940’s), Florida State (1950’s), Brandt (1960’s) and Southland (1970’s). Up until the Southland discount cinema days it was mostly a first class Roadshow house.

miamiguy on July 23, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Irishcine – It’s going to be called Miami Beach Sound Space…

“Current plans call for the SoundSpace complex to occupy a huge open area north of Lincoln Road behind the Lincoln Theater, and will include an open-air concert area and outdoor video screen for viewing concerts and performances.”

aarfeld on April 14, 2008 at 9:15 pm

I remember going to the movies at the Lincoln as a boy visiting my grandparents on the Beach in the 1960s and ‘70s. Miami Beach was a fading resort back then, whose glory days were well in the past—and the Lincoln was no different. You fellow lovers of old cinema houses will, no doubt, have known a similar elderly lady: somewhat seedy, worn out, with a slight musty smell about the old girl.
The last time that I was in the Lincoln was in 1972, when I went there with my sister and a cousin visiting from New York to see “Harold & Maude,” as either a first or second run feature—I can’t remember. But how appropriate: a film about love for the elderly. On a return visit a few years ago I was strolling down Lincoln Road with my wife to view all the changes that have taken place in this restored gem of an Art Deco city and was delighted to see that the New World Symphony had given the old girl new life by making her their home. Although the interior has, apparently, been extensively modernized, at least she survives as a thrater, restored nearly to her former appearance. The Colony, just down the street, has also been restored as a performance space as well.

irishcine on February 24, 2008 at 3:51 am

Visited recently. More exciting on the outside than on the inside, with an interior which is seemingly substantially altered for orchestra use, and with very plain lobbies in pale colours. The New World Symphony Orchestra seems to be building a very large new facility near the Lincoln. Anybody know what this will mean for the Lincoln? Will it still be used or become redundant?