O Cinema Miami Shores

9806 NE Second Avenue,
Miami Shores, FL 33161

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O Cinema Miami Shores

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Built in 1946 and opening with Bing Crosby in “Blue Skies”, the Shores Theatre operated as a single screen movie house until the late-1980’s. At that time it was transformed into the Shores Performing Arts Theatre, one of Miami’s up-and-coming professional theatre companies.

“We are extremely interested in finding out the who the architect was, and in seeing any photographs that may be available of this building in its hayday. Please contact us at (305) 751-0562”.

On October 13, 2012, it reopened as an independent art cinema, screening the original opening Bing Crosby movie “Blue Skies”. It is now known as the O Cinema Miami Shores at the Miami Theater Center. It shares the same space as the Playground Theatre, which presents live children’s shows.

Contributed by Rich Simone

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Harvey on March 27, 2008 at 8:08 pm

I used to go to the Disney movies here. I also remember seeing that weird ass THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD with my dad at the Shores. It always struck me as a oddly designed but interesting theatre because of all the standing room at the back of the hall, which was where the bathrooms were located. You’d walk out of the bathroom and boom, back in the theatre. Wonder if they kept the turnstiles?

spiderman2000s on May 27, 2008 at 12:13 pm

In addition to my comments(two years ago), I remember they would show The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturdays at midnight. After you passed the doors, black and white pictures of the movie was in glass display case on the right.

Harvey on August 19, 2008 at 2:03 am

Looks like they finally 86’d the SHORES on the marquee. Google mapped it this morning and it’s officially the Playground theatre with a crappy marquee, so technically, it’s not even the Shores Theater anymore.

Look, I know progress and everything, but ugh….

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 3:31 am

1987 photos of the Shores here and here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

Shores theatre opens in 1946:

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Harvey on April 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Recently took in a 35mm screening of 1970’s Miami/Fort Lauderdale lensed DARKER THAN AMBER and during a pivotal scene (don’t want to spoil it for anyone), you can see the Shores marquee advertising MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

Harvey on April 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

March 1981 Miami News article with Nat Chediak about the Shores here.

decojunkie on October 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

This re-opens as a 350-seat single-screen indie house tonight. Opening fare is the same they opened with back in the 40’s — Blue Skies. If the photo in the article below is to be believed, the interior is Streamline Moderne. I don’t know if it’s original to the place, but at least it looks like it could be from that era.

Article on re-opening

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