Coral Theatre

2331 Ponce de Leon Boulevard,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Previously operated by: ABC Florida State Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Robert E. Collins

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Coral Theatre

The Coral Theatre was a single-screen house which opened on Fecember 29, 1940 with Judy Garland in “Strike Up the Band”. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary S.A. Lynch. It housed the Miami premieres of “The Exorcist” and “A Clockwork Orange”. It was closed in 1982.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I posted a couple of images from old Miami News editions, concerning the engagement here of “A Clockwork Orange.” Seems that the movie had been scheduled to open at the Coral on February 18th, 1972, in an exclusive South Florida run. That engagement, however, was cancelled by none other than Stanley Kubrick himself. While the article states that no official reason was given, it is intimated that the film’s reputation as a “dangerous” work that might possibly incite outbursts of violence might have been the rationale for the cancellation. The article also hints that the root cause may have been over the film’s advertising. As commented earlier in this thread, the Miami newspapers held all “X” rated films (as “Clockwork” was rated on its initial release) to two inch block ads, with no display advertisement allowed – placing a serious film like “Clockwork” in the same category as a porno flick.

The article also notes that the owners of the Coral, Florida State Theaters, planned on campaigning for a Miami showing of the movie despite the cancellation. Eventually, Kubrick must have relented, because the film finally opened at the Coral in the middle of April, 1972. Online editions of the Miami News are not complete for the period, but the block ad appears as early as the April 17th edition, which would lead me to believe the film must have opened the previous Friday, April 14th.

A sample of the April 17th block ad has been uploaded here, where one can see only the film’s title is displayed, indistinguishable in presentation from the other porn titles listed in similar blocks in the clipping.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

By the way, the manager of the Coral got the last laugh on the idiotic Miami Herald policy. On opening day of “Clockwork” he got Warner Bros. and a local record store to co-op a full page ad for the soundtrack album in the entertainment section.

rivest266 on October 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Al, did the Herald accept ads for adult cinemas in the 1970? Many newspapers refused then outright.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Rivest, they accepted them without art work and only one column by two inches for non-mainstream titles by 1970.

The refused ads for the premiere of “I Am Curious (Yellow)” at the Flamingo but later accepted them when the film moved over to the North Miami.

David_Schneider on February 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Across Aragon Avenue from what had been the location of the Coral is the Colonnade Hotel. At one point in its history many decades ago the hotel had been a movie studio. A few years ago I noticed a picture of the exterior of the building during its studio years included in some historic photos on the walls of the hotel’s second floor lobby.

Across Ponce de Leon Blvd from what would later become the location of the Coral was the Dream Theater, the city’s first cinema that opened and closed in the 1920’s.

David_Schneider on May 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

On May 7th, 2016 I stopped by the Colonnade Hotel mentioned in my previous post above this one. The grouping of four photos of the exterior of the building during different usages in its history was still on the wall on the second floor above the Aragon Avenue entrance. One photo shows “Colonnade Pictures” on the top of the building above Miracle Mile. The caption says from 1940 to 1942 it was a movie production studio before becoming a parachute factory for World War II.

I Googled and found a list of three films for “Colonnade Pictures Corp“ on the AFI website, including “The Marines Come Thru“ (1942, “produced at Colonnade Studios, Coral Gables, FL”), “Murder on Lenox Avenue”(1941), and “Sunday Sinners”(1941).

Ripshin on August 19, 2017 at 12:21 am

Definitely saw “Jungle Book” here. Also, remember watching them tear it down in the 80s.

rivest266 on January 25, 2020 at 2:11 pm

The Coral (Paramount) opened on December 29th, 1940 with “Strike up the Band”. Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on September 11, 2022 at 4:49 am

Architectural plans were drawn in 1963 by famed theater architect Robert E. Collins for the Florida State Theatres circuit. A 1963 picture of Florida State Theatre executive Harry Botwick shows him holding the Collins' drawings.

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