Byron Carlyle Theatre

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The original design of the theater is shown here, including a thin horizontal marquee awning on the north side, and a large bas relief representing Miami Beach on the north west exterior wall (Photo Credit: Miami Herald)

The Byron Carlyle Theater is a cultural and historical landmark in the North Beach area of Miami Beach. It was designed by famous MiMo architect A. Herbert Mathes, and residents have fond memories of all the movies they got to see there.   Shown are some archival photographs we found of the theatre’s past.

Initially opened as the Wometco Byron Carlyle Twin Theaters in 1968, the premiere movie was “Skidoo”, which featured Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing and Frankie Avalon. At the opening there was a historic wall plaque presented by Jackie Gleason as part of the theater’s dedication.  Also shown is an ad, courtesy of Micky Wolfson’s archives, for the new Wometco Theatre with a sleek automobile boasting about the ample parking spaces surrounding it. 

A 1969 article from The Modern Theatre Section Magazine entitled “Byron/Carlyle” describes the facade of the building as having lush beige marble and with an “especially designed plastic collage, in muted shades of all nature’s colors, depicting the islands of Miami Beach in sharp bas-relief…the walls of the larger theatre, the Carlyle (993 seats) are covered with a deep moss green fabric, that is not only permanently flame-proofed, but is also hypo-allergenic and decay resistant…The Byron, seating 590 patrons is an alternating red and black pattern, and is completely wall-draped in a luxurious lip-stick red fabric.”

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