New Regent Theatre
3510 NW 17th Avenue,
3510 NW 17th Avenue,Miami, FL 33142
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Joe, I actually worked with a Florida State Theatres employee who was very upset that a new name not awarded. He felt that it was a cheap attempt to just keep part of the old marquee by ABC and a sham.
An article about the newly renovated Regent Theatre appeared in Boxoffice of September 10, 1955. It noted that the house had originally opened in 1926 with D. W. Griffith’s Orphans of the Storm.
When the house was being renovated in 1955, operators Florida State Theatres ran a contest through the local newspaper asking for patrons to suggest a new name for the theater. Public sentiment turned out to be overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the old name, so when the theater reopened it was as the New Regent Theatre.
There is some mention of this theater in the Sneaky Kitchen forum. There is a section on Allapatah, which is the neighborhood where the theater resided. Seems it was quite popular with the kids back then. The Dade was close by on NW 36th Street, just East of NW 17th Avenue on the north side of the street. I imaging it was somewhere next to the Western Auto, and Kress department store that was there. There was also a Food Fair supermarket. I never saw the Dade or the Regent Theaters, I guess they closed by the time I was old enough to remember. I grew up in the Allapatah Wynwood area, the only theater that I remember was the Strand on NW 7th Avenue.
The Regent operated from 1926 to 1960.