Sheridan Theatre

410 Arthur Godfrey Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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RandSearchlight
RandSearchlight on October 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on August 14, 2013 at 11:33 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

djcouch
djcouch on May 24, 2013 at 5:55 am

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

tzwicky
tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 10:15 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.

dmtyler
dmtyler on November 19, 2012 at 7:18 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.

dmtyler
dmtyler on November 19, 2012 at 6:17 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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 5, 2012 at 10:25 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 February 4, 2012 at 11:29 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.

dmtyler
dmtyler on February 4, 2012 at 10:53 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on January 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

This opened on January 15th, 1937. ad is at View link

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

The Sheridan opened in 1937.

miamiguy
miamiguy on May 22, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Man, how’s this for deja vu. I just realized that my doctor’s office is in the building that occupies the Sheridan’s former location. The office building is now called “Galleria Silver.”

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on May 5, 2008 at 8:21 pm

I guess the last “normal” movie that ever played there was Fiddler on the Roof, making that pic the most recent. I assume they did not want throat on the marquee for the sales pitch!

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 5, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Louis, I am pretty sure that ad appeared way after the Sheridan was shuttered and they used an old photo.

“2001: A pace Odyssey” ran at the Sheridan (advertised as Cinerama although it was a single projector version) from May to November, 1968. It was then replaced by “Finain’s Rainbow”. There were several revival showings, usually in 70mm as part of “MGM’s Fabulous Four” which included “Doctor Zhivago”, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Gone With The Wind”.

The Sheridan closed in late 1972 after a long run of “Fiddler On The Roof” and then reopened briefly in 1973 for “Deep Throat” until that film was banned in Miami Beach within weeks. “Throat” then played across bay for years.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on May 5, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Al,

That is really a cool pic. I remember when they were playing Fiddler on the Roof at The Sheridan. Do you have any idea what year that ad was from? My reason for asking is because I am curious to see if the pic was a current pic, or a pic that they had and used for the ad.

I don’t remember when the Sheridan closed. I watched 2001 A Space Odyssey there. Funny thing I was talking about Kubrick and his films with my wife on Saturday. I told her, I think I am going to email Al to see if he has the answer!!!! I couldn’t remember what year 2001 came to be. Kubrick also had Clockwork Orange out at a time close to 2001 so things tend to get blured. I remember the images, but I can’t associate the images with the times.

You know, the Roosevelt also went porn in it’s latter years. I think the Roosevelt went down the tubes before the Sheridan.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 5, 2008 at 7:21 pm

If showing “Deep Throat” was not undignified enough, this ad sure was an insult to this roadshow palace.

View link

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 17, 2008 at 9:49 am

Thanks, Louis. I am still adding items that may help unravel more questions with sharp eyes like yours.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on April 17, 2008 at 9:31 am

Al,

I was perusing over your picture album. SUPER EXCELLENT!!! I noted on the Miami’s inagural program a list of theatres owned by Wometco. Much to my surprise I see The Strand listed. I guess that answers a few more questions about the Strand that we did not know before.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 17, 2008 at 8:50 am

Florida State Theatres christmas ad in 1966. “Hawaii” is at the Sheridan:

View link

miamiguy
miamiguy on December 25, 2007 at 1:47 pm

The photo link I posted has changed, here’s the updated one for the Sheridan Theatre in Miami Beach.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 19, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Louis, the Sheridan was an ABC Florida State Theatre. It did not stay porn only because the City of Miami Beach shut it down when it banned DEEP THROAT which had its South Florida premiere there.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 14, 2007 at 9:40 pm

The Sheridan unlike it’s neighbor, The Roosevelt, kept busy, never turned into a porn house. I saw 2001 there. The Sheridan was the only theatre that had the big screen for quite sometime, so all the top billings were screened there. I am not sure who owned the Sheridan, I do not think it was Wometco, but I may be wrong.

miamiguy
miamiguy on October 14, 2007 at 12:27 pm

It came from what’s left of an old advertising brochure I bought at Art Deco Weekend a few years ago. It was probably put out by the City of Miami Beach in the 1930s, but the cover is gone, so I can’t tell for sure.

The Sheridan sure was a gorgeous theatre. It reminds me of the Marlin hotel in South Beach.