Roosevelt Theatre

770 Arthur Godfrey Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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The Roosevelt Theatre was opened on December 27, 1949 with Van Johnson in “Battleground”. A rather small theatre, it usually played what first run films it could get. All I can recall from the 1950’s is that it has a lot of mirrors in the lobby. At times this theatre converted to live stage plays, but then switched back to movies. I saw the Russian “War and Peace” there.

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DavidL
DavidL on February 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

Good to find lots of info here on this cinema. Saw it on a visit to Miami and would really like to see if there’s support to re-open the place from the local community. It could be great local resource in a much different guise from it’s last incarnation.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

David, you would be competing with an 18 screen state-of-art multiplex on Lincoln Road just south of here.

DavidL
DavidL on March 3, 2011 at 3:20 am

Well, I’d hope to it could show whatever you wouldn’t get there!

eliasJJunior
eliasJJunior on September 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

@davidL A Performing arts company i work for is interested in this old Roosevelt theater in turning it into a performing arts venue. if your interested on helping us restore this ancient email me @

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

In its early days it was mostly an art house and Cinemascope was not an issue but by 1956 this was South Florida’s first Cinerama house that proscenium obsolete.

MiamiMan
MiamiMan on September 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I found this from a 2012 piece in the SunPost. A few photos of the interior as it sits today.

http://www.sunpostweekly.com/2012/02/02/history-time-capsule-the-roosevelt-theater/

SethLewis
SethLewis on December 18, 2015 at 3:38 am

Remember seeing Never on Sunday Fitzwilly and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on late runs … a decent neighbourhood house

aeterna
aeterna on September 3, 2017 at 12:44 am

The Sun Post Weekly site appears to be defunct but incinerama archived some of the 2012 indoor/interior photos at their site. (see below) Additionally, a large mural has now been painted on the side of the Roosevelt by muralist Lebo.

http://incinerama.com/roosevelt.htm

rivest266
rivest266 on January 26, 2020 at 9:28 am

The Roosevelt theatre opened on December 27th, 1949 by Brandt theatres of New York City starting the trend of northern theatre chains setting shop in Florida (Brandt, K-B, Century, Budco, etc.).

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