205 E. Flagler Street,
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Firms: Kemp, Bunch & Jackson
Previous Names: New Hippodrome Theatre, Rex Theatre
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- Apr 16, 2009 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 27: Miami)
One of the many theatres located on Flagler Street, across from from the Olympia Theatre (now the Gusman Center). This originally opened as the New Hippodrome Theatre on January 5, 1917 with Clara Kimball Young in “"The Common Law”. It was the second theatre with the Hippodrome name built in downtown Miami. It was closed in 1930, and became the Rex Theatre on November 7, 1931 with Peggy Shannon in “The Secret Call”. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparkes. It was closed and remodeled into the Florida Theatre on April 9, 1948 by the Jacksonville based architectural firm Kemp, Bunch & Jackson, reopening with June Allyson in “Good News”.
I remember seeing Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby” at this theatre. Unfortunately I can’t remember what the inside of the theatre looked like. I believe this theatre played some Cinerama travelogues, but by that time I had left the city.
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