Miami Theatre

145 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Trolleyguy on November 8, 2018 at 7:58 am

“Lady Ice” is also available for streaming on Amazon. Free with Prime subscription.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 8, 2018 at 7:54 am

When “LADY ICE” opened in South Florida it was advertised as ‘Filmed in Miami’.

Orlando on November 8, 2018 at 7:48 am

The movie “Lady Ice” on DVD in Widescreen shows the Miami Theatre during a jewelry store hiest. The marquee name is draped over with a black fabric but there is no mistaking it for the Miami Theatre. The features are “MELINDA” with Calvin Lockhart & “Come Back, Charleston Blue” as the co-feature. In a long shot of the marquee across the street, a garbage trash bin says “KEEP CHICAGO CLEAN”! What a hoot… The movie stars Donald Sutherland and Jennifer O'Neill. (Filmed in 1972-1973). You can’t fool me, I know my theatres. The first time DVD release is available at your Brooklyn Public Library. See it, it’s fun.

David_Schneider on September 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Here’s a tv news story from July 1978 on the Wolfson Archives Youtube channel about the Miami Theatre being turned into a mall, including some of the theater’s history and older archival footage. There’s also a short segment about the Rio Theatre:

Click on “show more” under the video on the Youtube page for more details.

I walked by the Miami Theatre location on 9/12/2018 and all the stores in the mall it had become were gone with the entrance gates closed. To the right of the main entrance was an exhibit of homemade political protest signs (“A Century of Dissent”)and to the left was a Dale Zine store, neither of which were open at the time. A young guy appeared who told me he believes the place will become a space for artists, before he let himself in with a key and closed the gate behind him.

David_Schneider on October 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

The Main Library in downtown Miami has a videocassette (VHS) copy of a collection of short documentary films made locally in the mid-1980’s called “A Few Things I Know About Miami”.

The first, about 6 minutes long, is called “On Flagler Street” featuring a man named Jimmy Barnett, a former manager of the Olympia across the street from the Miami, describing the heyday of the movie going experience along Flagler Street which he feels lasted from the 1930’s to about 1955. Behind him you can almost make out the then drab grey façade of the Miami Theatre in its yet-to-be restored state.

The film includes archival Movietone newsreel footage of the grand opening of the Miami Theatre (with the film “Carnival in Costa Rica” and mentioning that the manager was Sonny Shepard), the premier at the Miami of “Slattery’s Hurricane” which was partially filmed in the area, and actor Jimmy Stewart arriving at the premier of “The Glenn Miller Story” at what might be the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables (it simultaneously premiered at the Miami and the Carib). There are also historic still photo shots of various theaters in downtown Miami when they were open.

A b&w image of the Miami Theatre marquee is on the cover of the box that the videocassette comes in.

rivest266 on September 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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

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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?

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.

JohnMessick on July 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

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

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.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 27, 2010 at 5:47 am

This is wonderful news, Phillip.

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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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.

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 29, 2009 at 6:22 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 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm

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 on November 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Interesting before and after pictures.

woody on October 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

mystery solved using google street view, here is what remain of this beautiful theatre, the correct address is 145 Flagler Street
i wonder if anything remains of the interior?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

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

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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 on January 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Here is a circa 1947 photo from the UCLA collection:

eddie07 on December 9, 2008 at 8:43 am


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