550 Washington Avenue,
2 people favorited this theater
The Variety Theater was designed by Miami Beach architect Henry Hohauser and opened as a revival house on June 20, 1946 with Cary Grant in “Suspicion” & Joan Fontain in “Bedtime Story”. It was run by a small Florida chain named Claughton Theaters. I believe they had about a half dozen theaters in the greater Miami area. It was located in the South Beach district of Miami Beach (Washington Avenue and 5th Street). I remember the theater 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 Theaters dropped this theater as well as the rest of their chain of theatres.
On October 13, 1961 it was renamed New Paris Theatre reopening with a triple-bill adult program:“Eve and the Handyman”, “Naked Camera” & “Wht Must I Die”. It later 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.
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater