Gables Theatre

2112 Ponce de Leon Boulevard,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Gables Theater

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The Gables Theatre (not to be confused with the Twin Gables Theatre on Coral Way) was a large theatre, possibly built for live shows. It opened in 1936 and closed in 1981.

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

The Gables opened in 1936 and closed in 1981. A previous Coral Gables theatre also operated on Ponce De Leon Boulevard, possibly on the site of the Coral.

BerkeleyBernie
BerkeleyBernie on May 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I grew up in Coral Gables, until finishing Coral Gables Elementary in 1968. I was a school crossing guard, and, if I recall correctly, a perk was getting free movie tickets to the Gables, which was right next door. I’m sure I saw many flicks there. I recall rushing to the theater once straight after taking off my safety vest, and seeing what, to my 10 year old sensibilities, seemed a rather disturbing film (“The Honey Pot”).

With Google StreetView, I recently started exploring some of my old childhood roadways, which I haven’t seen in forty years. When I couldn’t find the theater, I figured it was demolished. A little more searching turned up this site, confirming it was gone. Too bad…

BerkeleyBernie
BerkeleyBernie on May 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm

And I saw “Wait Until Dark” there! I remember the entire audience jumping out of their seats during the scariest part.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 29, 2009 at 6:45 am

This photo would imply that the Coral Gables Theatre (Famous players/Lasky 1500 seats)open in 1926 indeed became the Gables in 1936.

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RLSemes
RLSemes on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

The Gables was a large house with balcony and a very large screen,
especially after the introduction of CinemaScope in the early ‘50s.
Unfortunately, the 1936 “renovation” took out almost all of the original decor from the lobby and auditorium. What I remember was a
creme colored wall with a medium blue design on each wall in a sort of stepped effect starting at the rear…nothing great. Proscenium was plain, ceiling plain. Entry doors into the auditorium were sort of greyish blue as I remember with an octogan shaped frosted window in the center upper part. The exterior underwent some significant changes after the 1936 renovation. I remember the Gables from about 1947 to 1972. The large vertical sign was plaster at the end of the theatre’s life, but earlier in my time it had mirror chips on the plaster on both sides of it, making the neon letters “GABLES” really glow at night. It seemed to get plainer as time went on.

I saw many classic films here during my years in the Gables. I took my much younger brother to see “Woodstock” here when there was a
tizzy about it showing in Coral Gables. An earlier post said that “Woodstock” played at the Coral? No, it was at the Gables.

I miss all the old theatres in the Gables; so glad that the Miracle Theatre survived…where I was an usher in my teens.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 2, 2010 at 6:05 am

The long run of “WOODSTOCK” opened at the smaller Coral which was used for exclusive runs. The Gables ran the film later when it went wide.

Booboobeir
Booboobeir on February 16, 2013 at 4:12 am

I grew up in the Gables, near this theater. When I was thirteen I got permission to go with my friends (all of us attended 7th grade at Carver in Coconut Grove) to see a new exciting movie called ‘Star Wars’ in 1976. We were mesmerized, and had seen nothing like it before! One friend went back SIX times to see it! Also others such as murder-mystery ‘W’ (oooh, we were so scared!). I remember stopping at the popcorn counter and signs everywhere showed a big ‘W’ and the captions read ‘WHO is W’???? (as in, who is W, the murderer.) Also, ‘Earthquake’ with Charlton Heston & Lorne Greene, and many many more. It was a great home-town theater with a big screen and great sound, and like BerkelyBernie’s blog above this theater was just near Coral Gables Elementary School (which I attended from grade 1-6 (minus second grade when they forced us to leave Gables Elementary for ‘integration’, then they allowed us to come back the following year). Anyway, it was a great theater which I truly miss. I remember due to the population at the time, it was never really busy, just us neighborhood people mostly. And most people walked there from their homes or apartments. If memory serves me correctly, they eventually tore this building down and erected a tall modern building that read ‘Bank of Tokyo’ for many years. We were SO disheartened and not happy at all with the new addition to our beautiful town. Anyway, very happy memories at the Gables Theater. (As well as at Miracle on Miracle Mile, but Gables was MY theater.)

Ripshin
Ripshin on February 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

OK, the postcard above, was photographed at Ponce & Minorca, looking south. It’s easy to check via Google Streetview. So, yes, the theater was gone by the time I returned to Miami in 1982. Diagonally across the street, is the Hotel St. Michel (don’t know what it was back in the 30s), where I shot a student film in the early 80s. I would have remembered the old Gables sitting there. Occupying the spot now, is Wachovia – formerly whatever. I guess that the building was constructed right after they tore down the theater in 1981? Strange thing is, that as a kid in Miami from ‘67 – '74, I never attended a movie there.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

Ripshin, that’s not so strange. I hardly went to the Gables as a kid either. The family films played mostly at the Coral and Miracle and later at the Twin Gables during that period. The Gables was not booked for kids and it was easier to get into an R rated film downtown.

Ripshin
Ripshin on February 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

Yes, I went to those three, often, during that time. However, I was a pretty observant kid, and I’m just surprised that I never noticed the building back then. I think that the old S&H Green Stamps store was just up the block, and we frequented that spot often. In the 80s, I lived a few blocks away, and it was definitely gone. I did watch them tear down the Coral – very sad.

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