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Olympia Theater and Office Building

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© DanForer

© Florida Photographic Collection

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::  Olympia Theater and Office Building
174 E Flagler Street
Year Built: 1925
Architect/Builder: John Eberson/George A. Fuller Co.
Date Designated: 1983

a. The Olympia Theater is an outstanding example of American movie palace architecture. Built for Paramount Enterprises, the Olympia was the first air-conditioned building in Miami-Dade County and the second atmospheric theater in the United States. The Mediterranean Revival style details on the facade of the 10-story office building give only the slightest hint of the theater's fantastic Moorish/Venetian interior, which suggests a walled Italian garden. The Olympia Theater operates today as the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The Olympia Theater and Office Building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

b. Historic photograph of Olympia Theater and Office Building, circa 1926.

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