Roosevelt Theatre

770 Arthur Godfrey Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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beautiful terrazo entrance to Roosevelt Theatre (Sep 8, 2013)

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The Roosevelt Theatre was opened in December 1949. 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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ajcp78 on April 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Hey guys, been almost 4 years since I’ve posted on here! I still love this theater. To HARVEY, above, WHERE did you get that picture???? That is amazing!!! You must have the only picture of this unique theater in its adultfare days…thanks so much and please get back to me. Do you have anymore pics like this? Are you from Miami? At the time of the picture, 1985, I lived around the corner from the theater and was 7 years old! Thanks for bringing back the memories of my childhood even if it’s in this strange semi-smutty manner….damn i could have been walking by with my dad in that photo if it had been grocery shopping day and you’d have caught us! take care

rivest266 on January 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

This opened on December 27th, 1949. grand opening ad is on this page at View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 12, 2010 at 6:24 am

During its Cinerama stage this was operated by the Stanley Warner Cinerama Corp.

ralvin3 on March 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I will always remember going to the Roosevelt Theater in Miami Beach with my family to see John Wayne in The Alamo, 1961. We were given a ride on the way over in a convertible with the top down.

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 on March 3, 2011 at 3:20 am

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

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 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.

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