Miami Theatre

265 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Numerous vintage and recent images can be viewed here: Miami.curbed

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on July 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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

guarina
guarina on July 4, 2012 at 11:28 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Successful marriage of cinema and restaurant: boxofficemagazine

rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

This is wonderful news, Phillip.

PhillipPessar
PhillipPessar on December 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I passed by the old Miami Theater while walking on Flagler Street yesterday and they are restoring the facade.
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 9, 2010 at 2:03 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 1:04 am

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

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on November 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Louis,

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 7:02 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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 29, 2009 at 1:42 am

Interesting before and after pictures.

woody
woody on October 8, 2009 at 12:40 am

mystery solved using google street view, here is what remain of this beautiful theatre, the correct address is 145 Flagler Street
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3991501178/
i wonder if anything remains of the interior?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 30, 2009 at 6:11 am

Louis, the Center and the Parkway are on CT. I actually went to the Parkway as a kid. It was a wonderful Wometco art house with art exhibits in the lobby but it has since been demolished.

I have not listed the old Miami because my brother (who still lives in Miami) insists that the old MIAMI building was not the same as the Town location and that it is still there today.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on May 30, 2009 at 5:39 am

Here is something interesting. This link to one of Al’s wonderful research work:

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shows a Miami Theatre on E. Flagler and 3rd, year? 1941. I guess this is the Miami Theatre that shows up on the map that Miami Guy posted:

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This Miami Theatre later became the Town.

If you guys will note that on that same 1941 ad there is a Center Theatre, and the old Parkway, which hasn’t been listed yet. Never heard of the Center, but the Parkway was around for quite sometime.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 3, 2009 at 5:08 am

HOY was interesting, but the film is “THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 3, 2009 at 3:50 am

It looks like the theater is advertising Spanish films. There is also a sign by the door that says “Teatro”. Interesting that they were doing that so close to the opening.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 3, 2009 at 3:49 am

Here is a circa 1947 photo from the UCLA collection:
http://tinyurl.com/94acve

eddie07
eddie07 on December 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Opps..

Put them on Flicker

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on December 9, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Eddie,

Welcome to Cinema Treasures. Your links have 404 errors. These usually occur when the URLs (links) are wrong. Recheck your links, I am dying to see your pics!

eddie07
eddie07 on December 9, 2008 at 5:03 pm

WOW..ran into this site when i was doing a little history lesson on the Cameo. Looks like many of you had some amazing fun! Here are a few night pics I took last night. ENJOY!

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on April 18, 2008 at 8:20 am

Isn’t it funny that we find all this information on what would have been the 61st Anniversary of the Miami Theatre’s grand opening! You know 60 years is nothing for a building. Take the Strand Theatre, which was built in 1926, functioning as a church, but nonetheless still standing.

All of these great movie houses went down the tubes because the neighborhoods went to hell in a hand basket. Downtown with it’s crime and the building of I-95 which basically dismembered the Allapatah, Overtown, and Wynnwood areas. Too bad they are forever gone. I miss old Miami, what I would give to bring these things back.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on April 17, 2008 at 2:17 am

Excellent program!!!