Community Theatre

1007 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: August Geiger, Martin Luther Hampton

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Community Theatre

The Community Theatre was opened on December 23, 1923 with Mary Pickford in “Rosita”. In the 1930’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. though their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. It was closed in 1940. It was demolished in March 1955.

Contributed by Bob Berg

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 1, 2004 at 5:28 am

The Community Theatre opened around 1924. The architect was August Geiger and the general contractors were Beach Construction Co. It is listed as operating in the Film Daily Yearbook 1941, but not recorded in my copy of the 1950 F.D.Y.

miamiguy on September 22, 2007 at 8:25 pm

“Miami Beach’s Long-Gone Lincoln Road Movie Theater”

Community Theatre
1007 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach

(decent photo, too)

miamiguy on June 4, 2008 at 11:33 am

The above page has moved. This is new link to the Community Theatre in Miami Beach.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm

The Community opened in 1923 and closed in 1940. It was apparently Miami Beach’s first full time movie theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2010 at 1:01 am

Boxoffice of March 27, 1955, said that the Community Theatre in Miami Beach was being demolished. The article says that the house was built by local investors when no theater operators were willing to build in Miami Beach. After a year of successful operation, the Community Theatre was taken over by Paramount interests.

The Boxoffice article diverges from the history given in comments above, and says that the Community opened in 1924 and was closed in 1935 when Paramount leased another theater. Thereafter, it says, the building was used for storage.

To belatedly answer Al Alvarez’s question of March 30 last year, the E.J. Sparks circuit was for many years the Paramount affiliate in Florida.

aeterna on December 18, 2015 at 12:20 am

web site is gone, here is the wayback link to the original article:

aeterna on December 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

A very good shot of the theater from the Florida Memory archive. From 1924, the movie on the marquee is the “The Flaming Forest” which puts this at Fall/November of ‘24. Probably one of the first showings.

rivest266 on January 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm

The Community theatre opened on December 23rd, 1923 with Mary Pickford’s “Rosita”. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2023 at 3:56 am

The appendix to a City of Miami Beach historic site designation report for the Hotel Mayflower has a list of other projects designed by the Mayflower’s architect, Martin Luther Hampton, and one of them is the Community Theatre. The book Lost Miami Beach, by Carolyn Klepser, also attributes the design to Hampton (Google Books preview.)

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