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    Movie Theaters

    The first proper movie theater in Miami was Kelly’s Theater in 1906, which sat on the south side of Flagler near the old Burdines. Kelly’s gave way to the more palatial theaters with sloping floors, roomy seats and chandeliers. The 1950s and 1960s saw the birth of the Riviera in Coral Gables, Suniland in what is now Pinecrest and the popular Dadeland Mall theater. By the 1990s most of the grander palaces were gone, but some of the buildings remain.

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Movie Theaters

The first proper movie theater in Miami was Kelly’s Theater in 1906, which sat on the south side of Flagler near the old Burdines.  Kelly’s gave way to the more palatial theaters with sloping floors, roomy seats and chandeliers. The 1950s and 1960s saw the birth of the Riviera in Coral Gables, Suniland in what […]

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Miami Beach Symphony

The Miami Beach Symphony — originally called Miami Civic Orchestra, an outgrowth of the Miami Beach Symphonette — was founded in 1955. The symphony gave full seasons of concerts, including summer “pops” series,  in the Miami Beach Convention Hall, better known as the Jackie Gleason Theater, until 1983 when it was renamed  the Greater Miami Symphony.

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Miami Beach Street Scenes

Take stroll through Miami Beach landmarks, see people walking down Lenox Avenue and window shop in retro retail shops with this photo collection of street scenes from decades past.

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Miami Beach High

Miami Beach Senior High began life as Ida M. Fisher High School — named after developer Carl Fisher’s mother — in the heart of South Beach on Drexel Avenue in 1924. It was later renamed Miami Beach High School and was moved to Prairie Avenue. Designed by August Geiger, Miami Beach High is the second-oldest high […]

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Miami Beach Wartime Training Center

Nazi U-boats brought World War II home to South Florida, sinking ships just off the coastline and landing saboteurs. But the real invasion came as waves of servicemen and women arrived to learn how to fight. The Miami Beach training center for soldiers opened in February 1942 and it was one of the largest centers and […]

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South Beach

South Beach, with its sexy, high-octane mix of leggy models, hot sun and neon lights, has seen its fortunes surge and recede over the years. While many of the notable Art Deco buildings that give the area its charm were constructed in the 1930s, the beach had a second heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, […]

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Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road, stretching from Collins Avenue to Bay Road, was paved during the 1920s and within a decade the shopping district became known as the Fifth Avenue of the South.During its heyday, such exclusive stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bonwit Teller, the Cadillac Salon and Elizabeth Arden all prospered on Lincoln Road between Washington Avenue […]

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Miami Beach Convention Center

Built in 1957 to draw more business to Miami Beach, the convention center has served as the backdrop for some major moments in South Florida history, from  political conventions and Miss Universe beauty pageants to a Billy Graham religious crusade and the 1964 fight between Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) and Sonny Liston […]

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Bicentennial Park

Located south of the MacArthur Causeway between Biscayne Boulevard and Biscayne Bay, the 35-acre facility was scheduled to open in 1976, but it missed our nation’s birthday party. With only a third of the $4.2-million project completed, the landscape contractor disappeared, work stopped, and the opening slipped to the spring of 1977. Renowned landscape architect […]

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