3033 NW Seventh Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres
Architects: Robert E. Collins
Previous Names: 7th Avenue Theatre, Strand Art Theatre, Strand Stag Theatre, Sun-Sun Theatre, Shanghai Theatre
The original name of this theatre was the Strand Theatre when it opened on September 18, 1915 with Viola Allen in “The White Sister”. In 1926 it became the 7th Avenue Theatre. In 1938 it was remodeled to the plans of architect Robert E. Collins reopening on November 23, 1938, reverted back to the Strand Theatre name when it was taken over by Wometco Theatres and reopened with The Ritz Brothers in “Straight Place and Show”.
On July 2, 1968 it was renamed Strand Art Theatre, an adult theatre, and then it was called the Sun-Sun Theatre, which I believe showed martial arts movies, followed by the Shanghai Theatre name. For a short period prior to closing, it reverted back to the Strand Theatre name. The theatre is now used a church.
This theatre was the typical theatre seen in Miami throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. The entrance of the Strand Theatre looked a lot like the old Town Theatre in downtown Miami. On the outside neon lights decorated the theatre marquee, and dead center were the words “Always 2 Features”.
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