4120 Laguna Street,
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Originally opened as the Cinema Take One in 1978. It went through a couple of name changes before it opened as Astor Cinema in February of 1992 with “Cinema Paradiso”. Located in Coral Gable’s tony design district, the theater’s highly successful booking policy featured independent, avant garde, foreign, and high quality commercial move-overs played on a split schedule (separate admission for each show).
Proprietor Lorenzo L. Rodriguez brought back to his South Florida roots the benefits of having managed two of Greenwich Villages most famous movie theaters: the Bleecker Street Cinemas and the Angelika Film Center.
The Astor Cinema did quite well despite brutal competition from two nearby multiplexes in what has traditionally been an under performing market for specialty pictures. Mr. Rodriguez transferred the lease to his successor who continued the winning formula for another ten years. Eventually, the Astor Cinema became the New Theatre, a live theater.
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