Roosevelt Theatre

770 Arthur Godfrey Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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new 'for lease' sign.. pic taken 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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rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 9:27 am

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 10:24 pm

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

ralvin3
ralvin3 on March 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

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
DavidL on February 28, 2011 at 3:09 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 28, 2011 at 4:40 am

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 7:20 pm

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

eliasJJunior
eliasJJunior on September 7, 2011 at 2:24 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 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

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 14, 2012 at 3:45 am

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 7:38 pm

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

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