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“A MIAMI GEM” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)
+1 305-374-2444
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Ranked #9 of 122 attractions in Miami
Type: Symphonies, Theaters, Operas
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Owner description: The Olympia Theater opened in 1926 as downtown Miami's grandest silent movie palace and Vaudeville house. Today, the Olympia is home to live performances, films, community events, corporate meetings and social affairs.
Tucson, Arizona
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“A MIAMI GEM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Maurice Gusman, the condom king, funded the rennovation of the Old Olympia Theater (now the Gusman Center on Flagler Street downtown) under the watchful eye of architect Morris Lapidus. Built in the 20's the theater is an excellent example of the architecture of the movie palaces of that era....billowing clouds and twinkling stars on the ceiling, a big boy working organ, moorish architecture and perfect sight lines and accoustics.
Over the years the Gusman has hosted everything from ballet to rock n'roll. From Elvis to the Ukranian National Dance; from Barbara Cook to Harry Blackstone.
The Gusman has undergone a second majore rennovation recently....bringing the A/C and electrical/plumbing up to date.
The intimate 1800 seat facility with large lobbies both upstairs and down now serves promoters, civic organizations, charities, city functions and high school graduations.
Any performance at Gusman is memorable.

Visited February 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Step back in time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Beautiful theatre and exceptional acoustics. Any performance will be enhanced just from being at Gusman.

Visited August 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Don't miss this little jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Find any excuse to attend some presentation here. Tucked away in an unassuming downtown corner sits this little theater, built in 1926 as a silent movie palace, it has been beautifully restored and is now a beacon of the South Florida Arts community. You will find presentations from movies, to operas, to concerts, to meetings, pick one and gape at the ceiling :)

Visited June 2013
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“Miami International Film Fest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Went for the Miami International Film Fest for a showing of Dark Blood, the theater is simply gorgeous, worth going just to see it. Historical building in the heart of Downtown Miami, very beautiful.

Visited March 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Beautiful old theater”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went to see Otmar Liebert in this gorgeous old structure originally called the Olympia Theater in the heart of downtown Miami steps from Bayside Park. Be sure to eat before you arrive since there are mostly fast food joints nearby. Acoustics are great and the seats comfortable. The interior is clean, freshly painted and beautiful.

Visited March 2013
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