New Theatre

4120 Laguna Street,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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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 Art Cinema became the New Theatre, a live theatre. It was demolished around 2011.

Contributed by Lorenzo L. Rodriguez

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Maybe it should be called the Not New Theatre!

Ripshin on February 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

OK, please explain. How long has this place actually been around? I’m sure that I saw films there in the early 80s.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It opened as the Cinema Take one in 1978.

David_Schneider on January 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

This theater was demolished, as can be seen in the Google Street View image on this page, sometime after March of 2011.

To see what it looked like, type the street address into Google Maps, switch to Street View, then click on the arrow next to the clock icon below the address in the upper left corner of the screen, then choose 2008 or 2011. The theater is small with an awning over the door.

I knew it as the Astor Art Cinema and saw several foreign and independent films there in the 1990’s. I looked forward to going to the little cinema with a cute small lobby, down the block from a 7-11, on a street of one or two story office-like buildings that were closed in the evening, to buy a ticket and popcorn from what I remember as a nice older couple who ran it. … A standout experience was seeing Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful”, with the people sitting around me weeping as the credits rolled and the lights eventually came up.

The New Theater stage production company that occupied the building after it was a cinema now has an office on Coral Way and puts on its performances at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay.

Still, I miss the cuteness of the Astor.

David_Schneider on May 15, 2016 at 11:09 am

In my opinion the name of this page should perhaps be changed to “Astor Art Cinema”, since that was this location’s last incarnation as a cinema, this website is about cinemas, the New Theater was a live performance venue not a movie theater, and people using Cinema Treasures would generally be looking for cinemas not playhouses.

Someone I know who remembered the Astor Art Cinema was looking for it on Cinema Treasures and “couldn’t find it”.

LorenzoRodriguez on May 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Thank you, David Schneider. I tried to get this website to change it back to the original heading “Astor Cinema” started by me several years ago. There was no response to my emails regarding the lack of integrity in changing the name of my posting to the New Theatre.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Cinema Treasures usually lists the latest name on top if the venue is still operating as a theatre of sorts. Hence, the Loews Astor Plaza in New York is listed as the Playstation. If you search for the Astor Cinema, the NEW theatre will appear at the bottom as an option.

LorenzoRodriguez on May 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Al, It’s good to see you’re still on here, however, Loews Astor Plaza came back with no matches. Also, I think I know your sensibilities well enough to suggest you agree with the idea that the original posting should be acknowledged by the website. There has to be a better way to cross reference changing names in the age of lightning fast computers.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 31, 2016 at 6:48 am

Hi Lorenzo. I used the “Loews” just to identify it. It can be searched as Astor Plaza. (This may have to do with the fact that it was built by Walter Reade but opened by Loews.) I remember this discussion a while back for classic cinemas that were now churches with performance spaces. The folks at CT seem to feel that new members trying to find what a building used to be were more likely to search that those who already knew where classic cinemas were located and what they were now. I can see the logic.

robboehm on May 31, 2016 at 11:36 am

All articles about the New quote a seating capacity of 104, significantly greater than that in the heading. Possibly because it was a “heavily renovated movie theatre” according to one article.

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