Town Theatre

265 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Town Theatre exterior and the nearby Paramount Theatre

One of many theatres on fashionable Flagler Street in downtown Miami. The Miami Theatre was opened as a newsreel theatre on December 1, 1937. On June 29, 1946 it was renamed Town Theatre and went over to feature movies. Run by Wometco, this theatre showed many ‘B’ and exploitation films during the 1950’s.

Contributed by Bob Berg

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

The Miami opened in 1937 and became the Town in 1946. This would mean it was never a silent house as I previously thought.

miamiguy
miamiguy on August 5, 2009 at 6:10 pm

“Town was indeed the same as the old Miami”

Excellent news, Al. I was just sitting here looking at Google Map’s “street view” function trying to figure out if both theaters were at the same location. Now we know!

jeffsfonts
jeffsfonts on March 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

When I was collecting old Miami photos back in 1984, I met the late Stanley Stern of Wometco Theaters. He showed me a great scrapbook, which included pictures of a sign company changing the name of the Miami Theater to the Town in advance of the opening of the new Miami Theater west of that location. He also shared a few photos with me, including an old color shot of the Town Theater.

Those photos are now part of the collection of my friend – South Florida historian Seth Bramson… however a digital print of that photo of the Town is on Don Boyd’s site…

rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Wometco place no grand opening ad on June 29th, 1946 except for its regular listings.

guarina
guarina on May 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

In 1962 we had the Olympia, the Miami, the Florida, the Paramount and the Town on Flagler Street. The Olympia was turned into the Gusman Hall, and there isn’t one movie theater downtown now.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Jeffsfonts,

Did you happen to see any pictures of the old Strand Theater on NW 7th Avenue? Wometco owned it for a while. I have been searching for a picture of the outside of the theater for quite some time. I would like to have one so we can complete the database on the Strand. We now have some pictures of the inside, which has been renovated, given that the theater is now a church. Would be nice to have some pics of the theater.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on October 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

rivest266
rivest266 on January 25, 2020 at 12:04 pm

The Miami theatre opened on December 1st, 1937 as a newsreel theatre. Grand opening ad posted.

MayfairMan
MayfairMan on February 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm

How’s this for a kwinkeydink: I went on my first double date to see the movie playing at the Paramount pictured in the postcard, THEM. 1954. I was 14. My mom drove me and my friend and our dates downtown, and picked us up afterwards. Doesn’t seem like much now, but it was a big deal at the time.

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