Rio Theatre

222 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, FL 33132

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Rio closing - Few Mourn Last Picture Show

Located in downtown Miami, the Dixie Theatre was opened in 1948. All seating was on a single floor. It played double features during the 1950’s. In 1965 it was renamed Rio Theatre and was taken over by Wometco Theatres.

It continued into the 1980’s under the ownership of Wometco.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm

The Dixie opened in 1948 and the architect was Robert E. Collins.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

A couple of years after it opened, three photos of the Dixie ran in Boxoffice of May 5, 1951. It was a nice Art Moderne style theater built for the N.N. Bernstein circuit.

The theater’s name was changed from Dixie to Rio in 1965, according to Boxoffice of December 20 that year. Wometco was set to reopen the house at Christmas.

Harvey on April 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

May 1980 Miami News article on the closing of The Rio here.

Harvey on April 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Scratch that. October 1980, not May.

guarina on May 12, 2012 at 4:41 am

It was the Dixie in 1962, run down and smelly by 1964.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 12, 2012 at 5:02 am

Guarina, if you know the Rio you have so much more to share about Miami Cinemas. Please do share more details of your wonderful Miami movie experiences. We so want to know.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm

The Rio was not a great place to go. The neighborhood surrounding it became really bad. The Rio was not on a main drag. After 1970 the streets that ran north & south in downtown were never great places to hang.

Ben Arnold
Ben Arnold on August 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

The Dixie was in operation in 1948 at 222 NE 1st Avenue. In 1965 it became the Rio, which existed into the ‘80s and showed double features in the '50s.

Ben Arnold
Ben Arnold on August 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

The downtown Miami Dixie theater really ought to be included in the Miami theater index.

David_Schneider on September 13, 2018 at 8:16 pm

The Rio appears starting at 0:26 in this news story segment about the Miami Theatre from July 1978 on the Wolfson Archives Youtube channel:

Looks like it is next to what is now or still the Miami Sun Hotel.

Wow, I’ve never seen the Rio before.

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