Sheridan Theatre

410 Arthur Godfrey Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Sheridan Theatre

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This theatre was one of a chain of Florida State Theatres (later ABC Paramount). I remember little about this theatre, as I was growing up in Miami. I believe it was a fairly large house and it converted to roadshow films in the 1950’s (e.g. “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Oklahoma”.) I remember seeing a reissue of “A Star Is Born” (1954) and the theatre projected the CinemaScope film onto the hugh Todd-AO screen. I believe the theatre became retail space in the 1980s but has since been demolished.

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rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

The January 5th, 1937 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

dmtyler
dmtyler on February 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

@AlAlvarez

Hi Al. I am sure Deep Throat was NOT played at the Sheridan Theater but at the Roosevelt Theater about 4 blocks west on Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street).

I don’t remember any Rated X movies being played at the Sheridan but at the Roosevelt.

I remember that Tora Tora Tora had a long run at the Sheridan as well.

dmtyler
dmtyler on February 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I may be wrong, however, I remember Deep Throat being on the Roosevelt’s marquee. I went to school across the street. I defer to others' more able memory (or possible first hand knowledge) on this point.

I remember Fiddler on the Roof, Song of Norway and Tora Tora Tora being played at the Sheridan for the longest time in the early seventies.

Every Saturday night, when I was about 12 or 13 in 1977 and 1978 I would help a black kid, who had a year or two on me, sell newspapers from under the Sheridan marquee. He was saving up to buy a motorcycle. The theater had been closed for a few years by then. A non-movie event may have been held in the theater, possibly a sales presentation, prior to its destruction.

Thank you all for the wonderful links and memories.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 5, 2012 at 8:25 am

dmtyler, I doubt “DEEP THROAT” ever played at the Roosevelt since it was banned in Miami Beach after the Sheridan premiere.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25725093@N07/6823711111/lightbox/

“TORA! TORA! TORA” had a very long Roadshow run at the Beach and not at the Sheridan which was indeed showing “SONG OF NORWAY” at the time.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LL4lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sPMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4887%2C105337

dmtyler
dmtyler on November 19, 2012 at 4:17 am

Also, at the link you provided, @AlAlvarez, the January 1, 1971, Miami News shows that Tropic of Cancer starring Rip Torn (X Rated) was playing at the Sheridan Theatre.

dmtyler
dmtyler on November 19, 2012 at 5:18 am

That would be Mini Art Cinema at Sheridan Avenue and 41 Street, on Tropic of Cancer, but it wasn’t advertised as the Sheridan Theatre as the Song of Norway notice was on the prior page.

@Al, you did a great job posting those pics of clippings on flickr. Thanks.

tzwicky
tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I saw “How The West Was Won” in Cinerama (three projectors) at this theatre. I might have also seen “Hawaii” there. And possibly “The Greatest Story Ever Told” which I recall because the seats were sold individually, like in a live Broadway theatre. So everyone was walking around looking for this seat or block of seats, even when they came in late. Ushers with flashlights and everything.

djcouch
djcouch on May 24, 2013 at 3:55 am

Saw “Battle of the Bulge” Cinerama, in 1966.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

In the anticipation leading up to Criterion’s release of a certain epic comedy, I’d like to commemorate that film’s roadshow presentation at the Sheridan, which I have always held wonderful memories of seeing at the tender age of 14. I especially cherish my having recalled a couple of the soon-to-be-cut scenes that indicate we were there within the first few weeks of the run.

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD Theater: Sheridan Premiere: December 19, 1963 (Florida Premiere) Duration: 23 weeks Format: Cinerama (70mm) Hype: “The World’s Critics Go Stark Raving Mad! Mad! Mad! Mad!”

—with gratitude to Al Alvarez & Michael Coate

RandSearchlight
RandSearchlight on October 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

Posted a picture of my father doing the opening of Around the world in 80 days ( boy the movie titles were long back then) with the searchlights for the opening at the Sheridan. 1956.

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