Biscayne Plaza Theatre
206 South Pointe Drive,
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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres
Architects: George E.T. Wells
Styles: Spanish Baroque
Previous Names: Plaza Theatre
The 1,500-seat Plaza Theatre opened November 25, 1926 with Jean Hersholt in “The Old Soak”. During construction a Kimball organ was being installed but it was water damaged during a September hurricane, and had to be returned to the Kimball factory. A new Kimball 14-unit organ was on order, but had not arrived for the opening night. Organist Blanche Keil Rogers (originally from Atlanta, GA) played piano with the theatre orchestra on opening night and until the new organ was installed several weeks later. The Biscayne Plaza Theatre was second theatre to be built in Miami Beach. The theatre was designed by architect George E.T. Wells of Miami. It was located on Biscayne Street (now known as South Pointe Drive) between Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue.
My family moved to Miami Beach in 1953 and I remember seeing this theatre from the outside only. The Biscayne Plaza Theatre had closed its doors by then, for that part of South Beach had deteriorated. It was demolished in 1959.
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