To our loyal Tower Theater members and patrons:
Miami’s historic Tower Theater, operated and programmed by Miami Dade College (MDC), will close beginning on Monday August 5th, for some essential repairs and refurbishments. MDC will keep the community apprised regarding the reopening of the beloved landmark as it works with the City of Miami on its renovation.
Meantime, MDC will continue offering art cinema programming at the MDCulture Art Cinema at Koubek Theater.
MDCulture Art Cinema at Koubek Theater
Thursdays through Sundays beginning August 8th.
2705 S.W. 3rd St.
Miami, FL 33135
MDC's Tower Theater is one of Miami's oldest cultural icons. When it opened in December of 1926, it was the finest state-of-the-art theater in the South.
With the surge of Cuban refugees during the early ‘60s, the area surrounding Southwest Eighth Street – the famous “Calle Ocho” – became a place of new beginnings. At the theater, films meant more than just entertainment; for many Cuban families, they were an introduction to American culture. Soon, MDC's Tower Theater altered its programming to include English-language films with Spanish subtitles and, eventually, Spanish-language films.
After almost sixty years of discovery and delight, MDC's Tower Theater was closed to the public in 1984.
In 2002, the City of Miami authorized Miami Dade College to manage theater operations, under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Department. The Little Havana landmark returned to its role as a community gathering place and a cultural touchstone.
Through alternative and culturally specific exhibitions and performances, free educational lectures, and both Spanish- and English-language films, subtitled in Spanish, the Tower Theater earned acclaim and was recognized as one of the best classic theaters in the nation.