The Fotosho Theater – Photos Of It From The Early To Late 1920s


The Fotosho Theater (opened on or around 1915) was a 500-seat silent movie theater located approximately at 51 SW First Avenue in Downtown Miami, near the old Courthouse building. With the photo above you can actually see that the billboard is advertising a William S. Hart movie that was to be shown down the street at the Hippodrome Theater. The theater itself was said to have taken a pretty hard hit during the Great Hurricane Of 1926, but reopened, only to eventually close for good a few years later.

The photos below show the interiors of the Fotosho in which you can see the wooden chairs and fans hanging from the ceiling to keep moviegoers comfortable in what we can imagine were some pretty musky room climates.

And towards the bottom you can see two more photos that shows the Fotosho at two very different stages. First, at its infancy with a “w” added at the end and with black workers apparently from Overtown digging out front of it and secondly, during a more developed Flagler Street era that also shows more levels constructed above the original Fotosho building.


Interiors At The Fotosho (1924)


Interiors At The Fotosho  (1924)


Exterior Photo Of The Fotosho (1924)


Overtown Workers At Work Near The Fotosho(w) (Undated)

large-4Flagler Street with The Fotosho nearby (1927)

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