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Miami Through its Spanish Performing Arts Spaces

Lillian Manzor, Author

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The Coconut Grove Playhouse

The Coconut Grove Playhouse opened January 3, 1956 with the U.S. premiere of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. It was built as a movie theater in the 1920s and called the Player's State Theater. In 1955 oilman George Engle bought the building for $200,000 and spent over $700,000 in the renovations necessary to transform the movie theater into a playhouse. FN

It was remodeled in the 1990s with two separate stages, the Mainstage Theater (with a proscenium stage that seats 1700) and the Encore Room Theater with 100 seats. It closed in 2006 due to financial difficulties.

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