Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

174 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Olympia Theater Gusman Center Miami Florida

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Originally the site of Miami’s first Hippodrome Theatre & Airdome. Built in 1926 by Paramount Pictures Inc. and designed by John Eberson, the Olympia Theatre was the first of many Atmospheric style theatres.

After years of showing films, the former Olympia Theatre was purchased in 1970 by Maurice Gusman for the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra.

Renamed as the Maurice Gusman Cultural Center, the theater reopened in 1972. In 1975, the theatre was donated to the City of Miami and underwent a two-year renovation.

It is now called the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

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AlAlvarez on May 29, 2009 at 8:43 am

Vintage shot of the Olympia marquee circa 1928 (BEAU BROADWAY):

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AlAlvarez on May 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

How the boxoffice used to face:

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AlAlvarez on December 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

The Olympia with a name it apparently never carried.

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Jorge on February 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

Here is a music video which was filmed in this majestic theater (note: song in spanish by international artist Chayanne):

Here is a short ‘making of’…you can really appreciate the theater in this vid since its in glorious color.


sporridge on June 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Endangered again. Yet another unfortunate outcome of Maurice Gusman entrusting the venue to the Miami Parking Authority.

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CSWalczak on October 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm

This site has a number of photos of the theater as the Olympia as well as details of Elvis Presley’s appearance there in 1956:

guarina on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Ellegant, with its star-studded sky-ceiling, when it was a movie theater, the Olympia was the Miami counterpart of the Washington Heights RKO Coliseum. I now see the Olympia was originally a Paramount theater. I saw “Dr. No” there with Sean Connery and Urusula Andress and “How to Murder Your Wife” with Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. It has lost much of its grandeur.

Tinseltoes on July 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

Closing of the Olympia reported in this 1954 trade article: boxoffice

AlAlvarez on July 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

The closing never actually took place. It just ran stage shows for a while.

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