The 1927 Original Theater
Potential for Full Restoration to Grandeur
The Miami-Dade County Plan
There is No Confusion
- The 2004 voter mandate to use our tax dollars for complete restoration of the Playhouse.
- The 2005 Historic & Environmental Preservation Board voted unanimously to include the entire exterior of the Playhouse and to correct the erroneous Designation Report.
- The State Historic Review Board voted unanimously to nominate our entire Playhouse, including the interior, for the National Register of Historic Places, stating “the significant architectural elements within the historic theater are intact and in very good condition, underneath removable layers of plywood, drywall and plaster that were installed during multiple renovations over the years.”
- The National Park Service's precise guidelines call for complete restoration of buildings that are on the National Register, such as the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
- The Coconut Grove Playhouse is a single building and not two buildings.
- The HEP Board voted specifically against demolishing the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse.
- The County's plan ignores the fact that the Playhouse is the gateway to Miami’s first Bahamian community, that is also historically designated and is earmarked on the County's plan as a service entrance.
- The State being responsible for the Playhouse property and its intent is to preserve this precious historic cultural resource and is so stated in the lease.
- Dade Heritage Trust has listed the Coconut Grove Playhouse on its list of Most Endangered Historic Sites.