4120 Laguna Street,
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Previous Names: Cinema Take One, Arcadia Theatre, Lumier Cinema, Astor Art Cinema
A conversion of a former warehouse, this opened as the Cinema Take One in November 1978 with the American premiere of the 1972 Italian film “Indian Summer”. On September 4, 1981 it was renamed Arcadia Theatre. On June 9, 1989 it became the Lumier Cinema. It became the Astor Art Cinema in February of 1992 with “Cinema Paradiso”. Located in Coral Gable’s tony design district, the theater’s highly successful booking policy featured independent, avant garde, foreign, and high quality commercial move-overs played on a split schedule (separate admission for each show).
Proprietor Lorenzo L. Rodriguez brought back to his South Florida roots the benefits of having managed two of Greenwich Villages most famous movie theaters: the Bleecker Street Cinemas and the Angelika Film Center.
The Astor Art Cinema did quite well despite brutal competition from two nearby multiplexes in what has traditionally been an under performing market for specialty pictures. Mr. Rodriguez transferred the lease to his successor who continued the winning formula for another ten years. Eventually, the Astor Art Cinema became the New Theatre, a live theatre. It was demolished around 2011.
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