Flamingo Theatre

320 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Flamingo marquee, circa late 1960s

The Flamingo Theatre opened on December 14, 1946 with Rex Harrison in “Blithe Spirit”. A rather smallish theatre (editions of Film Daily Yearbook don’t give a seating capacity) located on Lincoln Road between the Carib Theatre and the Beach Theatre. I remember it had a tiny lobby. The theatre which was run by Brandt Theaters played first run, foreign as well as American. I know “The Red Shoes” had a run there as well as “Diabolique”. In the 1950’s they showed classier MGM films like “Kiss Me Kate” and “Gigi” as well as films from Columbia Pictures. I believe I saw one of the Godfather films there.

With Lincoln Road going down hill in the late-1970’s, the theatre shuttered in May 1980 and the lobby area was converted in a luggage store sealing off the rest of the theatre. Since Lincoln Road has become upscale again, the building has been converted into a nightclub.

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woody
woody on April 23, 2006 at 7:51 pm

is this the former flamingo? afew doors down from the carib
now a club called the state

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miamiguy
miamiguy on July 4, 2007 at 2:11 am

Yep, that’s the Flamingo. It’s now a very cool nightclub called “Set” operated by the same company that operates “Mansion” in the former Cinema Theatre.

Couple of current interior photos…

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You know, it’s really hard to believe that someone didn’t have the forethought to photograph the lobbys of all these theatres.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 27, 2008 at 4:20 am

The Flamingo marquee can be glimpsed on this postcard, just a few storefronts past the Carib.

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on April 30, 2008 at 7:37 pm

When this was operated by Brandt—was it Bingo Brandt, who ran a number of adult theaters in New York City’s Times Square area?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 30, 2008 at 8:01 pm

The Brandt organization owned several Times Square theatres and ran the Flamingo, Cinema, Plaza Art, Beach and Lincoln in Miami Beach during the sixties and seventies.

I am not sure if “Bingo” was involved but the Brandt group was not above showing porn.

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Harvey
Harvey on April 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

May 1980 Miami News Article on the closing of the Flamingo here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2011 at 4:18 am

The last article has a critical error. The Sheridan was never a Brandt house.

aeterna
aeterna on December 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

As Al alluded to in the very first comment, I added a photo of the Flamingo during its run of “I am curious yellow”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2018 at 8:46 pm

The Flamingo Theatre opened the week of January 10, 1947, according to an item in that day’s issue of Film Daily.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 26, 2020 at 12:36 am

The Flamingo theatre opened on December 14th, 1946 by Brandt Theatres. Grand opening ad uploaded.

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