Theaters are always interesting to take note of wherever you are because they are usually designed in a way to compliment the history and culture of the city. This post highlights 3 theaters from Florida (2 in Miami, 1 in Tampa) but with varying style. First up is the Fillmore in Miami!The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater was built in 1950. With the television boom in the 1960s, shows such as The Dick Clark Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants were often filmed in the auditorium. In 1964, the city of Miami Beach offered Jackie Gleason the opportunity to film his show here. In 2007, the theater was again reborn, undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation. (via Wikipedia)Plaques on the building:
This is the Lincoln Theater which is now an H & M clothing store:
The Lincoln Theatre on Lincoln Road in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida was a movie theater and later a concert hall. It was designed in art deco style by noted cinema and theater designer Thomas W. Lamb and opened in 1936. It functioned as a cinema until the 1980s, then sat vacant for several years, then was used for performances of the New World Symphony, which bought it in 1990. The symphony carried out a multi-million dollar renovation. The symphony moved to the new and much larger Frank Gehry designed New World Center in 2011, and already before that in February 2010, Clifford Stein purchased the building to turn into retail shops. In January 2012, H&M was signed as the first tenant. As of February 2012 the property was in the process of being converted to retail, with much of the interior gutted. On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects’s Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as Lincoln Theater. (via Wikipedia)
This is a detail above the window. That bird knows what’s up:
Someone submitted a picture of this theater marquee for my AIGA Tampa talk and I just fell in love with it. I knew I had to find a way to see it in person for myself. The day after my talk, I took a cab to the theater and holy smokes! So glad I did. This was my first view of the marquee:As I got closer, I noticed the Kress sign in the background. It is well documented on my blog that Kress signs have been one of my favorite discoveries in different cities. I didn’t know there was one in Tampa and was shocked to not only find one, but two! You can read about those discoveries here. Back to this beauty: The beautiful ceiling: The Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 and regarded as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces. Today it is a passionately protected and beloved community landmark. The Tampa Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, is a Tampa City Landmark, and is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.