Miami Theatre

145 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Restoration Of Miami Theatre

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The Miami Theatre opened on April 18, 1947 with Dick Haymes in “Carnival in Costa Rica”. This stunning example of a Streamline Moderne (with tropical touches) movie palace was the work of the prolific theater architect S. Charles Lee, in collaboration with Robert E. Collins. Interior decorations were carried out by Frederick T. Rank, with murals painted by F.M. Bergere.

The Miami Theatre had a total seating capacity of 1,860, with 600 of these in the balcony. The lobby area gave the appearance of a giant fish aquarium. The theatre building included a restaurant which could be entered either from Flagler Street or from inside the lobby.

The Wometco chain closed the Miami Theatre in 1979, and it was afterward converted into a shopping center.

Contributed by bobb0221, Bryan Krefft

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on November 29, 2009 at 7:33 am

The building that housed the first Miami (silent house/postcard) must have been torn down and replaced by the larger building that extended east,and eliminated the extra street seen in Miami Guy’s map. This would have been the 2nd Miami theater built in 1937, which was later renamed the Town in 1946. So there were three Miami theatres, the original silent house, the rebuilt one that later became the Town, and finally the one we are posting on here, which wasn’t built until 1947.

What is funny about the years when the theaters were rebuilt is that they all coincide with years where major hurricanes hit Miami, circa 1926 and 1936. At one point after the 26 hurricanes is when they filled in what is now Bayfront Park / Bayside. So that whole area grew to the east when that portion of the bay was filled in, which explains the loss and additions of streets some of which are on Miami Guy’s map.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Great pictures,Guys.thanks so much for putting them on.this is what the Theatre Business was all about years ago.

PhillipPessar on December 27, 2010 at 4:56 am

I passed by the old Miami Theater while walking on Flagler Street yesterday and they are restoring the facade.
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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 27, 2010 at 5:47 am

This is wonderful news, Phillip.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

April 18th, 1947 grand opening ad had been posted in the photo section.

guarina on July 4, 2012 at 2:28 am

Loved it. Spacious, uncluttered, relaxed, next to the Alfred I. DuPont building. I saw “Rome Adventure” there with Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue. Gone.

JohnMessick on July 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

I bet that was a beautiful house. Great looking marquee.

DavidZornig on July 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

Address should be corrected/changed to 145 E. Flagler Street.

Just added a crisper version of the 1947 photo, via the I Grew Up In South Florida in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s too Facebook page.

David_Schneider on January 16, 2016 at 4:39 pm

A few years ago during a historic walking tour of downtown an older person told me what is now a perfume counter/store on the left side of the entrance extending into the lobby used to be the concession stand. … In a photo posted here on the photos page it looks like the concession was a little farther in, or maybe that’s what the person meant.

Ugh, another cinema (along with The Carib) where I feel like I missed something by not getting to see it in its day.

I like walking by the façade… Then seconds later I’m walking by the Olympia.

I would have liked to have experienced the several theaters on one street atmosphere, especially at night, like on Flagler Street or Lincoln Road, like cities used to have back then.

Does anyone know of a city street anywhere in the world that still has several open theaters operating in almost a row with their lit up marquees?

rivest266 on September 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Links are now dead from my 2010 postings. New links below:

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