Miami Theatre

265 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

Unfavorite 4 people favorited this theater

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Restoration Of Miami Theatre

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Opened on April 18, 1947, 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 theater 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

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on November 29, 2009 at 1:02 am

Al your brother is absolutely correct. The Town and the latter Miami Theaters were in two totally different locations. The picture above that Woody took is recent, and it is a picture of the latter of the old theaters name “Miami”. The Town was east of the Paramount on Flagler Street, very close to Biscayne Blvd.

According to the pictures and the map that Miami Guy placed links to, there was a Miami Theatre on or about the location of where the Town was. That theater was the original Miami Theater, which must have been closed, torn down and rebuilt. It appeared to be part of a much larger building, probably some type of hotel. There is no question there were two Miami Theaters, Miami Guy’s map and the picture of the original Miami Theater I think pretty much proves that point. It would be nice to find out what year the Town was built, that should give us an idea of the time when this took place. Wouldn’t be surprised if a hurricane had something to do with the demise of the original Miami.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 29, 2009 at 9:22 am


The old Miami opened in 1937 and became the Town in 1946 when the Miami above was about to open, according to Boxoffice Magazine.

I previously suspected there may have been another silent House called Miami in that still standing tall Hotel building in the postcards but have record of one.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on November 29, 2009 at 10:33 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.

rivest266 on January 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Grand opening ad from April 18, 1947 is at View link

Preopening ad April 17 View link

April 16 article with picture View link

April 12 article (pan back one page) View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 8:03 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 7:56 am

I passed by the old Miami Theater while walking on Flagler Street yesterday and they are restoring the facade.
View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

This is wonderful news, Phillip.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

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

guarina on July 4, 2012 at 5:28 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 7:44 am

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

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater