Carib Theatre

230 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres

Architects: Michael J. DeAngelis, Roy F. France

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Carib Theatre auditorium

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. It closed in 1977 and was gutted in 1979. The building stood as a shopping arcade of sorts until it was demolished in December 2015.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

aeterna on January 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Orson Welles “Compulsion” in 1959

David_Schneider on January 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I was startled to see it had been demolished when I walked by on December 30th, 2015. Several times over the years I used to gaze at the tall rectangular shape that was all that was left of the fa├žade and imagine what the Carib may have been like in its day.

Based on photos I’ve seen and stories I’ve heard, this is one of the theaters I have felt I missed out on by not getting to visit. I believe an older person told me they even kept a pet parrot in the interesting lobby, if I understood correctly.

I noticed the demolition revealed some sort of old fashioned ad for a business painted on the wall on the right of the now open space.

Wow, check out this short b&w Youtube video of the Carib called World Premiere At Miami Beach Of “Sweet Bird Of Youth” (1962):

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

I was fortunate enough to have visited several times as a kid. This place was extraordinary. Although I don’t remember a parrot, the lobby was a Caribbean tropical dream with real plants, pools and a skylight roof. A parrot would not have been out of place.

aeterna on January 12, 2016 at 6:09 am

There were numerous statues that were in the lobby as well. Ex Miami Beach mayor Leonard Haber was involved with the development of the Carib Mall that replaced the theater (Most of the theater interior was gutted by 1979) Haber salvaged some of the statues from the lobby and had a professional sculptor restore them and had them installed in his home.

David_Schneider on April 28, 2016 at 11:16 am

I remember reading years ago in the Miami Herald that a time capsule with items associated with a premier at one of the now defunct Lincoln Road cinemas had been found during road work.

I Googled and found this article from the Sun Sentinel:

For some reason I remember reading or assuming that the capsule had been found on the pedestrian part of Lincoln Road, (maybe I saw some road work being done on the pedestrian part around that time so I thought that’s where they found it?), but the article says the items were associated with a premier at the Carib.

DrGaryDubler on October 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

I was born and raised in Miami Beach and lived there most of my life. The Carib Theater was unique and gorgeous. The front wall of the theater had a huge map of the Caribbean above the marquee. The entrance promenade [yes! about 80 feet long & maybe 20 feet wide] had gold-veined mirrors on both the left & right sides, waterfalls [that misted visitors with cool water], a roof that opened to let sunlight in, and 3-4 multi-colored live parrots.

Once you passed the promenade there was an escalator [unheard of in a moviehouse in 1950] leading to the balcony. There were more ushers & lobby personnel to help you than in any other theater in all of Dade County. This was a place to dress up to go to the movies. Going to this theater was an event, yet it cost no more than any other theater.

There were other gorgeous theaters in Dade County. a few blocks down from the Carib were the Beach Theater & the Lincoln Theater. Down Washington Ave. was the Cinema Theater, which had been a Vaudeville Theater in the 20’s, with a completely Art Deco theme [if there’s interest, I’ll write about them.] Across the bay in Miami, the Olympia Theater was a showplace with a panorama of a cityscape surrounding the screen.

Gary Dubler

David_Schneider on October 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

Gary Dubler: Yes, I love hearing such stories and details especially of theaters I did not get to experience, and I hope you share more. Each of the Dade County theaters you mention also have their own pages and comments sections here on Cinema Treasures.

David_Schneider on February 13, 2017 at 8:44 am

Wish I could watch an archival video of what a patron saw and experienced while entering and walking through the lobby then into the auditorium.

aeterna on July 21, 2017 at 8:21 am

The Ross grand opening was July 18th. As a small concession to the history of the location, the developers incorporated a map of the Caribbean on a giant glass pane which is part of the new facade. This same map existed above the Carib marquee. See link below:

DavidZornig on November 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Late `50s postcard added.

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