Seminole Theatre Homestead

Posted: 01/26/2017

Seminole Theatre

Homestead United States

Contact Information

Name Seminole Theatre
Position Executive Director
Website
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Phone Number (786) 650-2073
Location
18 N. Krome Ave
Homestead, 33030
United States

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MISSION

The Historic Seminole Theatre is the premiere performing arts center of Homestead, Florida. The Seminole provides a creative hub of theater, music, dance and education in south Miami-Dade county and the Upper Keys. The Seminole Theatre's mission is to make the live performing arts accessible to the diverse community of the greater Homestead region and to attract established and emerging artists of excellence locally, nationally, and internationally.

VISION AND VALUES

Our vision for the Seminole Theatre incorporates the following values:

  • Presenting entertaining and high quality live performance experiences which are recognized artistically and popularly.
  • Engaging and welcoming audiences from all the diverse segments of our community with multi-faceted programming through Seminole Showcase Series, Seminole On The Air, Encuentros en Vivo, Artist in the Spotlight, resident companies and other performances.
  • Inspiring and helping young audiences make performing arts an active part of their lives.
  • Providing a first-class customer service experience for patrons and visitors.
  • Fostering an enthusiastic, respected and hard working corps of individuals who serve as staff, volunteers and Board members.
  • Maintain the Historic Seminole Theatre as a cornerstone of downtown Homestead and represent the values of the City of Homestead.
  • Encouraging collaborations with various organizations that are innovative, effective and mutually beneficial.
  • Being a thriving organization that is fiscally sound, and has endowed reserves to support its programming.

HISTORY

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In 1916, the Airdome Theatre in Miami, built in 1912 at 174 E. Flagler St., was dismantled, put on a train and hauled to Homestead. It was rebuilt and placed on Old Dixie Highway, east of Krome Avenue, and was renamed the Homestead Garden Theatre. Sometime between 1916 and 1919, the movie theater changed names becoming the Homestead Movies, according to Bob Jensen, president of the Town Hall Museum in Homestead and member of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council.

Seminole Theatre Historical Image

In 1919, the building was renamed the Seminole Theatre. In 1921, it ceased being a theater when early pioneers James Washington English and Henry Booker Sr. built a new theater in downtown Homestead and took the name with them, now known as the Seminole Theatre. It opened Nov. 26, 1921. In March 1940, the theater burned down after a fire started on the stage. It is still not known what caused the fire. Fire trucks were sent in from Coral Gables, South Miami and the city of Miami, but it wasn’t enough. “It burnt down completely. All that was left was the shell and the sky. And so when it was rebuilt, it was completely redesigned.”

In the meantime, a screen was set up in the alley and people watched movies. When the theater was first rebuilt in 1940, it was designed with the current Art Deco facade.

The Seminole closed its doors in 1979 due to financial trouble and suffered a near total loss from Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In 1993, the owners donated the dilapidated structure to the city and historic preservationists have been working since to bring it back.

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The effort for its opening wasn’t easy. The process was laborious and decades in the works by devoted citizen groups passionate about historic preservation. During the May 2014 bond referendum, Homestead voters voted in favor of a $5 million bond to renovate the historic theater as a cultural center. Soon after, an additional $550,000 was awarded in the form of two state grants.

The funding allowed for the complete restoration of the space, bringing it back as a cultural hub for Homestead. After nearly 40 years of being forlorn, a restored Seminole Theatre in Homestead reopened its doors on December 12, 2015 for the Grand Opening Gala, “A Night on Broadway.” We thank the community for the devoted and continuing support to bring this historic arts center back to life.

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Seminole Theatre Showcase Videos

Ventriloquist Comedian ALAKAZAM at Seminole Theatre Homestead

ALAKAZAM is a magic and entertainment experience for the entire family to enjoy together. We feature Ariann Black, her magic will amaze and mystify audiences. We have Joe Gandelman...

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The Historic Seminole Theatre

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Palm Glades Got Talent at The Seminole Theater

Palm Glades Academy presented it's Talent Night at The Seminole Theater in Homestead, FL ...

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Miami Jazz Cooperative Voices at the Homestead Seminole Theater

One of the final performances of the first season at the Seminole Theater, Miami Jazz Voices. http://www.seminoletheatre.org...

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Forbidden Broadway in Concert

A montage of Forbidden Broadway in concert. The 30th anniversary edition of Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! is now playing at the 47th Street Theatre in New York City! http://www.forbiddenbroadway.com...

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Forbidden Broadway Auditions

Ahead of the West End opening of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre, footage has been leaked showing Les Mis star Carrie Hope Fletcher's auditioning for the show.Needless...

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Seminole Theatre Event/Open Houses


LEPRECHAUN PUB CRAWL

JOIN US FOR THE FIRST EVER LEPRECHAUN PUB CRAWL IN DOWNTOWN HOMESTEAD!St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best drinking holidays...

18 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030, USA

$5.00
03/06/2017

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GUY BAVLI - Master of the Mind

Guy Bavli - Master of the MindCome join the award winning mentalist Guy Bavli on his journey into the mysteries of the human...

18 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030, USA

Price Range: $30-$45
05/06/2017

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