550 Washington Avenue,
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The Variety Theatre was designed by Miami Beach architect Henry Hohauser and opened in 1946. It was run by a small Florida chain named Claughton. I believe they had about a half dozen theatres in the greater Miami area. It was located in the South Beach district of Miami Beach (Washington Avenue and 5th Street). I remember the theatre in the 1950’s. They booked mostly RKO and Republic films.
I was only in that house once as a child, so I don’t remember much about it other than it having a big lobby area and a clock (oddly enough) to the right of the screen which I found to be annoying. Eventually Claughton dropped this theatre as well as the rest of their chain of theatres.
In the 1970’s it became the Paris Theatre, first playing nudist films, then switching to porn. After sitting empty for a decade, purportedly it became a video/film production studio.
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