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1962 - Home News article about the Wometco Palm Springs Theater grand opening
DEC-1962 The Home News

1962 - Home News article about the Wometco Palm Springs Theater grand opening

Hialeah, Florida


The grand opening was on December 20, 1962 for invited guests and the following day for the general public. The new Wometco Palm Springs Theater was gorgeous indeed and I saw many movies there the first three years of its operation. It cost $250,000 to construct and contained 1,200 seats in the orchestra and smoking loge sections. Although it was built five and a half years after we moved to the Palm Springs section, we welcomed not having to travel to the Essex, Circle, Shores or downtown theaters to see first-run movies.

Ironically, on the reverse of this 45-year old clipping, there is an article about the Hialeah Theater on Palm Avenue reopening that same week after a complete remodeling and a new policy of double features at moderate prices. The article says that the theater opened with "Shane" and "Lil Abner" and that "Elephant Walk" and "Kid Galahad" would start next. It also says that the Hialeah was the latest addition to the Claughton chain of theaters. Further, it says that Hialeah was now the state's 7th largest city and that influenced Claughton to add the Hialeah Theater to their properties.


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Guest 23-Aug-2010 05:10
Sandy Taylor Howell - I remember that theater quite well. It wasn't too long after it opened that my parents had their brand new Chevrolet stolen right out front of the theater while watching a movie! I don't think they ever went out to see a movie again!! See there was crime even way back then! I enjoyed going to thr movies at the Essex or the Circle when I was in Jr. High, but when I was in Sr. High at Hialeah, I really enjoyed going to the movies in Coral Gables and to Jahn's for ice cream afterwards. That's where the really nice guys took you on a date!!
Gary Beck 11-Oct-2008 23:24
I forgot about the home news. For a short time when I was around 10 years old I bought and sold the paper. Can't remember exactly but seems you bought it for a Nickel each and sold them for a Dime.