Carib Theatre

230 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Carib Theatre auditorium

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Opened on December 22, 1950, this Wometco flagship site had a moving ceiling that exposed the lobby garden to the sun.

Designed by architect Michael DeAngelis, with architect Roy F. France as associate, this was one of Florida’s best theaters and yet was allowed to deteriorate. The building still stands as a shopping arcade of sorts.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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ghamilton
ghamilton on April 23, 2006 at 12:14 pm

Does anybody have a clue as to the condition of the hulk?This is clearly the largest theater space sitting in Miami Beach.

ThePhotoplayer
ThePhotoplayer on June 30, 2007 at 12:50 am

A picture of this theater may be found with an accompanying article from 1951 here:
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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 26, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Here are new links to old Carib photos;

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 27, 2008 at 8:13 am

These are new links to five of the images described above on 10/22/05 at 8:49am. I don’t have room in my scrapbook for the other three, but I will be happy to send them to anyone who contacts me privately at my e-mail address in the membership list:
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rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 7:37 am

Grand opening ad (for this theatre and the West Hollywood Drive-In) is at View link

LuisV
LuisV on April 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Just passed by the theater remnant last week. There is no mention at all on the posts above about the condition of the interior of thei theater. Yes, the marquee and beautiful Facade are gone but the huge theater structure remains. With the loss of the Lincoln Theatre down the road to become an H & M is this a “Hidden Gem” in Miami Beach?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I doubt it, Luis. It was a mini-mall for years.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

December 22nd Grand opening ad has been placed in the photo section.

Preston33154
Preston33154 on March 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

I just passed by this place yesterday—always wondered what it was… I thought that it was a former theatre—Miami Beach and the beach cities are littered with former theatres—all mostly converted into shopping of some sort—so I googled it. And found some information, including the “shopping mall” floor plan. It matches the current facade; very 70’s. I’ve lived in Miami Beach for 22y. And it was always covered and noted as “American Trade Center”. Now even that is boarded-over! (The current owner is still noted as “American Trade Center” and not for sale! But they’re paying the $90k in annual taxes. And it closed nearly 30y ago!)

Sad that the wonderful ‘underwater’ architecture was totally demolished. (supposing by the latest floorplan). Maybe someday I can sneak into that very-well boarded-up building!

fosterdeux
fosterdeux on September 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

The somewhat sad new plans for the Carib. http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2013/09/11/developers-propose-vegas-style-schlock-for-lincoln-road.php

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