Essex Theatre

439 Hialeah Drive,
Hialeah, FL 33010

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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres

Architects: James W. Vodenes

Previous Names: Atlantic Theatre

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The Essex Theatre was opened by Wometco Theatres on April 5, 1949 with Humphrey Bogart in “Knock on Any Door”. It was renamed Atlantic Theatre from September 15, 1978 to 1980. It was twinned on December 4, 1981 and reverted back to its Essex Theatre name. In 1983 it was tripled. It became a bargain cinema, running older movies for a buck. The Essex Theatre closed in 1985. It became a church, but was demolished in 2020.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 6, 2006 at 7:11 am

This was a Wometco house in the sixties and seventies.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

My mother and I laughed ourselves silly during a screening of “When Comedy Was King” -a look back at the really funniest films produced.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm

The Essex closed in 1977 and was already operating by 1949.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

From 1978-1980 the Essex became the Atlantic. It became the Essex once again when it was twinned in 1981. It was tripled in 1983.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2009 at 9:19 am

The Essex in the late forties.

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rivest266 on October 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

The April 5th, 1949 grand opening ad has been posted here.

rivest266 on February 15, 2020 at 7:21 pm

Some dates: September 15th, 1978 reopened as the Atlantic theatre, December 4th, 1981 reopened as Essex I & II.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 2, 2021 at 9:48 pm

The Essex Triplex closed in 1985.

Darren_Snow on April 5, 2024 at 1:53 pm

Demolished in 2020.

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