819 NW 2nd Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres
Functions: Live Performances
The Lyric Theatre opened in 1913 in the Overtown neighborhood which was one of the first African-American neighborhoods in Miami. The building was a two story masonry vernacular concrete block building sheathed in stucco. Owned and operated by African-Americans and primarily featured African-American entertainment.
After featuring the best in live entertainment and movies the theatre closed in the 1960’s. The Lyric was acquired by Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The theatre went through a renovation in 2000 to restore it to its original beauty. The Lyric is open once again, in pristine condition and is the oldest legitimate theatre in Miami.
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Small photo & brief history at this link:
Does anybody know anything about a former Strand Theatre in Miami?
One morning while communting from my home in Hollywood down to my job in Coral Gables, I decided to avoid the terrible traffic on I-95 and find some avenue that ran parallel to the interstate. And somewhere between NW 29th Street and NW 14th Street along NW 7th Avenue I found a small theatre with a marquee and classic double doors. It was labeled the STRAND with the S having fallen off some time ago. It currently seems to be a small church/prayer home now. I will try to take some pictures of it. Can anybody here identify what part of town/neighborhood we would call this area? It’s definitely industrial and very poor. Perhaps that might help with some research (where I’m finding NO luck).
Great website on the Lyric.