Bowling

South Florida was an international bowling hub from 1960 until midway through the 1990s.The 1967 ABC Tournament in the Miami Beach Convention Center drew about 40,000 bowlers from across the country. Bird Bowl, which opened in 1956, was the home of some of the best bowling leagues in the South, including a scratch women’s league […]

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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

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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