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Downtown Theaters in Mid-Century Miami
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Downtown Theaters in Mid-Century Miami

In the middle decades of the last century, Miami featured a vibrant downtown that served as the center of activity for daily life for residents of the growing metropolitan area. The central business district was a hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. Although only a few remain, the theaters of downtown Miami were a big part of this core of activity.

The theater district included Flagler Street and the adjacent area and featured theaters from three of the largest theater chains in the country. The Paramount movie studio built and operated the Olympia, Paramount and Florida theaters. Wometco constructed and ran the Capitol, Miami and Town theaters, while the Claughton chain operated the embassy and royal theaters.

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The Miami History Podcast will cover topics on the people, places and events that have shaped Miami's 120+ year history as a city. The hosts are Miami historian Dr. Paul S. George and history blogger Casey Piket.