Paramount Theatre

257 East Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I believe the Hippodrome was on the corner of the Florida Theater. The Fotosho became the Paramount. I think the Hippdrome became the Florida.

guarina
guarina on May 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

OK, I stand corrected. Since Dadeland was in Kendall, I didn’t think of it much, but the Twin Gables I passed often. — I worked for Wometco for 13 months.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

The Sunny Isles and Dadeland opened before the Twin Gables.

guarina
guarina on May 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

The first twin in Miami was the Twin Gables, actually on S.W. 22nd Street, not in Gables.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

It was probably a Royal Castle next to the Paramount, plantladie12.

The Olympia was never a twin. There were no twins downtown.

plantladie12
plantladie12 on May 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I have wonderful memories of Paramount theater. I am 73, my first job was at candy counter and i gt chewewed out for adding too much butter to pop corn. Later I worked at a twin theater and wondering if that was the olmpia. Paramount was next to a famous hamburger pl and my boyfribned, Johnny, usher, wld go there after work. I am so mad that I cannot remember the name, I know it like it was my own.It was not white castle, on that order. wonderful memories

rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

This was renamed Paramount on December 10th, 1931. Ad uploaded in the photo section.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Nice slideshow AlAlvarez.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

The new Paramount Hotel and theatre post card.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

The Cigar Store appears to have located near at the entrance of the theatre next to a Hippodrome Bar also located there or in the lobby.

I noticed several different phone books in the library during that period so that Coral Gables and Miami Beach theatres were not all listed in the Miami book but had their own directory. There were also listings under “Motion Picture Theatre”.

miamiguy
miamiguy on September 25, 2009 at 10:53 am

I guess the rest of them were too cheap to spring for a phone book listing.(G)

There is a listing for a “Hippodrome Cigar Store” located at “7 NE 2nd Ave.” Does that sound like the Hippodrome Theater’s location?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 25, 2009 at 7:50 am

miamiguy, I have found at least 17 movie theatres operating in the area around 1927.

RIVIERA (Homestead)
COCONUT GROVE
CORAL GABLES (Gables)
COMMUNITY
BISCAYNE PLAZA
CAPITOL
FLAGLER
PARAMOUNT
OLYMPIA
HIPPODROME
FAIRFAX
FOTOSHO
7th AVENUE (Strand)
TIVOLI
TOWER
ROSETTA
RIALTO (79th St)

I have seen some mention of the Miami Beach Auditorium (1949-50) but I don’t know what that was either.

miamiguy
miamiguy on September 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I got my hands on a copy of the 1927-28 Miami-Miami Beach phone book hoping to find a wealth of theater information in it, but it turned out to be pretty boring. The entire section only included 7 true theaters. (I’m not sure exactly what the “Miami Beach Auditorium” was.)

I also checked under “Arcades” and “Nickelodeons,” but nothing was listed. I guess by 1927 everything had been converted to full movie houses.

There’s only a few minor differences in addresses between this phone book and what is listed here on Cinema Treasures for the Tivoli and Fairfax theaters —probably due to Flagler being re-numbered several times over the years.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 29, 2009 at 8:30 am

Fairfax interior view:

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 11, 2009 at 7:02 am

The first Paramount opened in 1916 and ran until at least 1928 at 26 East First Street.

The Fairfax was opened in 1922 by the Leach family and Publix Theates and was renamed Paramount in 1931 when Publix gained major interest in the theatre due to the depression woes of the Leach family. At this time the Sparks chain was created and named after Publix' Florida General Manager Edward Sparks.

It was given a major Art Deco treatment in 1938. By 1940 when the courts forced the Paramount-Publix Monopoly to split up, regional company Florida State Theatres was formed.

The Leach family, major local owner/partners of the Fairfax prior to 1931 also had interests in the Airdome and Strand and half-interest in the Fotosho.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 20, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Yes, Chesty Morgan was a regular, but she must have been quite an old burlesque performer. It seems she was the main attraction for a very long time. I remember she was still on the billboard after the theatre was closed.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 25, 2008 at 7:06 am

LOL.

I have been trying to find a review of the show to see if any critics saw it but they not around, nor are any notices of a cancellation. I think Chesty Morgan was the Gayety regular.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on April 25, 2008 at 5:30 am

Al, Yes it boggles! I don’t know of too many “orchestras” native to Miami. I would dare venture to say that the orchestra was the one that also played at the Gayety Burlesque on Miami Beach. They had some asian guy, Lee Sohn who sang there at one time. I remember seeing that in the newspaper, again, I was too young to have gone into the Gayety. I think the Gayety show with the orchestra came after the short lived Linda Lovelace extravaganza.

A few years here in Broward we had our own little version of Linda Lovelace, but her name was Kathy Willits. She did not have the benefit of the orchestra!!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 24, 2008 at 7:47 pm

The mind boggles as to where the Paramount Theatre Orchestra may have come from.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on April 24, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Al that show was up on the marquee for a while. I remember seeing it for quite some time. Back in those days time seemed to drag by, so who knows it may have been 2 weeks!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm

According to one of Linda Lovelace’s many contradicting memoirs, this performance never happened.

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on April 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I blew up this picture several times. I think that right under Boyd’s it says “shoe store” or “shoe” something. The building to the east of the State appears to be a separate structure, when I blow this up it seems there is an alley way there, the buildings are definitely separated, they are not one. This would explain why the State may have ended up as a corner building.

Sam’s Dulce Cigar Shop is part of that structure. The architecture of the building with the cigar shop is totally different from that of the building where the State theatre is. The angle of the post card makes it difficult to separate, but if you blow it up, I think you may see what I see. I tried sharpening the image as much as possible, and as far as Boyd’s goes the word shoe is in there. I assume it was a shoe store between the State and the building next door, probably on an alley. Downtown Miami had a few alleys here and there, I remember seeing a few of these when I was a kid growing up. Most, however, were service alleys, garbage pickup, etc.

miamiguy
miamiguy on April 20, 2008 at 9:27 am

Here’s a post card that shows the State Theatre at least one building from the corner. No date available for the card, though.

(Also notice the marquee appears to say “Boyd’s”)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 20, 2008 at 8:48 am

I suspect there was a small shop on the corner past the entrance of the Fotosho and that the trolley in that last photo is reaching an intersection that crosses both ways.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on April 20, 2008 at 5:41 am

Al,

I also think the Hippodrome was advertising their movie. Given the movie poster, I find it weird that they just hand wrote the dates, that looks funny.

According to the map Miamiguy posted the State was on a corner. All of the pictures of the Fotosho show it to have other establishments on each side. I was questioning this because when you look at the pictures of the State and now the Fotosho, they appear to be in the same location, but the map depicts the theatre to be on a corner.

Although hard to tell, this picture of the State at night, http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/reference/rc11243.jpg, also seems to suggest that it was on a corner, if you look at the right side (East) of the picture, the building seems to end.

The movie playing at the time was Whoopee with Eddie Cantor, which was released in 1930.