Seminole Cultural Arts Theatre

18 N. Krome Avenue,
Homestead, FL 33030

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Seminole Theatre Homestead

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Originally opened in 1921, the 500-seat Seminole Theatre on Krome Avenue was built for Henry Booker, Sr. and James Washington English for movies and live entertainment. The theatre was heavily damaged in a 1940 fire, leaving little more than a blackened shell.

Prolific theatre architect Roy A. Benjamin was hired to rebuild the Seminole Theatre, which he designed in Streamline Moderne style. The cost of the movie theatre’s reconstruction was around $50,000. It reopened in fall of 1940 as a 500-seat movie theatre. In addition to movies, the Seminole Theatre continued to host live entertainment, as well as beauty contests and cooking demonstrations. In the early-1970’s, the Seminole Theatre was renamed the Premier Theatre and began to show Spanish-language movies. It closed in 1979 due to declining attendance.

For years, the theatre sat vacant and fell into disrepair. In 1992, when Hurricane Andrew hit the Homestead area, the Seminole Theatre was not spared, and though its walls stood, the roof was torn off and the theatre’s interior suffered serious damage. In 1993, the Seminole Theatre’s owners donated the battered theatre to the city, which designed it a local historic site two years later, the sole remaining example of Art Moderne style in all Dade County.

The Seminole Theatre Group was organized in 1997 with the intention of restoring the theatre as a performing arts venue serving the Homestead and Dade County region. It cost about $4.2 million to bring the old Seminole Theatre back to life. The Seminole Theatre was reopened October 28, 2015.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm

As the Premier, this location was open by 1964 and was closed by 1976. The address a that time was 22 N. Krome Avenue.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Does anyone know if the Premier was part of the Seminole building or a separate structure altogether?

MIKEJOHN
MIKEJOHN on June 23, 2012 at 5:52 am

IN 1967-1969 I WENT TO THE THEATRE.THEY SHOWED MOVIES.THE INTERIOR WAS VERY INTERESTING. THE DOORS ON THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S ROOMS WERE CHINESE, THEY HAD DRAGONS ON THEM. I KNEW THE MANAGER, SHE WAS VERY NICE. I AM GLAD TO SEE IT HAS BEEN RESTORED.

spectrum
spectrum on November 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

The Seminole had its grand re-opening on October 28, 2015 after an extensive renovation!

They have a facebook page up which, for now, is serving as their official webpage. Photos there – the interior is brand new and quite modern – they did a great job!

https://www.facebook.com/The-Seminole-Cultural-Arts-Theatre-Inc-328415040595048/

kdurrum
kdurrum on December 24, 2015 at 1:29 am

The Seminole Theatre in Homestead Florida has indeed re-opened it’s doors after several decades. There is indeed a Facebook page but the official website for the Seminole Theatre is :

http://www.seminoletheatre.org

There is also two Facebook pages. The Page titled The Seminole Cultural Arts Theatre Inc. is for supporting the non-profit aspect of the business while the page titled Seminole Theatre is the official Facebook page for the theatre. I have this helps. Visit the Seminole Theatre in Homestead Florida website today.

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on January 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Across the street from the Seminole is the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum. As of October 2014 when I last visited there were maybe 3-4 historic photos on display of some of the cinemas listed here on Cinema Treasures as formerly existing in Homestead. (One may be of the Homestead Theater when it was called the Palms.)

Walk to the back of the museum where the former jail cells are located, go left and look on the walls. I had noticed the same photos during visits in preceding years so I assume they may be on permanent display. The museum staff may be able to help you find them and other photos they may have.

Here is a link to the Museum’s Trip Advisor page:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60739-d4380026-Reviews-Homestead_Historic_Town_Hall_Museum-Homestead_Florida.html

Glad to see the Seminole restored and open again for performances. The schedule looks great.

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