Flamingo Theatre

320 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Architects: Albert Anis

Functions: Nightclub

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Flamingo marquee, circa late 1960s

The Flamingo Theatre opened on December 14, 1946 with Rex Harrison in “Blithe Spirit”. A rather smallish theatre (editions of Film Daily Yearbook don’t give a seating capacity) located on Lincoln Road between the Carib Theatre and the Beach Theatre. I remember it had a tiny lobby. The theatre which was run by Brandt Theaters played first run, foreign as well as American. I know “The Red Shoes” had a run there as well as “Diabolique”. In the 1950’s they showed classier MGM films like “Kiss Me Kate” and “Gigi” as well as films from Columbia Pictures. I believe I saw one of the Godfather films there.

With Lincoln Road going down hill in the late-1970’s, the theatre shuttered in May 1980 and the lobby area was converted in a luggage store sealing off the rest of the theatre. Since Lincoln Road has become upscale again, the building has been converted into a nightclub.

Contributed by Bob

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 15, 2004 at 8:01 pm

This was the home of I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW) in the late sixties, a film the Miami Herald refused advertising for. It ran here for several months and then moved to the North Miami by which time the Herald agrred to allow a one inch by one column ad with the title and the X rating. It was operated by Brandt who also ran the Cinema, PLaza Art, Beach and Lincoln at the time.

woody on April 23, 2006 at 2:51 pm

is this the former flamingo? afew doors down from the carib
now a club called the state

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miamiguy on July 3, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Yep, that’s the Flamingo. It’s now a very cool nightclub called “Set” operated by the same company that operates “Mansion” in the former Cinema Theatre.

Couple of current interior photos…

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You know, it’s really hard to believe that someone didn’t have the forethought to photograph the lobbys of all these theatres.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 26, 2008 at 11:20 pm

The Flamingo marquee can be glimpsed on this postcard, just a few storefronts past the Carib.

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scottfavareille on April 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm

When this was operated by Brandt—was it Bingo Brandt, who ran a number of adult theaters in New York City’s Times Square area?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm

The Brandt organization owned several Times Square theatres and ran the Flamingo, Cinema, Plaza Art, Beach and Lincoln in Miami Beach during the sixties and seventies.

I am not sure if “Bingo” was involved but the Brandt group was not above showing porn.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm

The last article has a critical error. The Sheridan was never a Brandt house.

aeterna on December 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

As Al alluded to in the very first comment, I added a photo of the Flamingo during its run of “I am curious yellow”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm

The Flamingo Theatre opened the week of January 10, 1947, according to an item in that day’s issue of Film Daily.

rivest266 on January 25, 2020 at 7:36 pm

The Flamingo theatre opened on December 14th, 1946 by Brandt Theatres. Grand opening ad uploaded.

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