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1970s - the Paris Adult Theatre and the Big Chips Fruit Stand on Washington Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets
1970's Courtesy of Robert Bowman

1970's - the Paris Adult Theatre and the Big Chips Fruit Stand on Washington Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets

Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida view map


Thank you to Robert Bowman for contributing this great old image.


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Jeff 05-Dec-2016 06:26
A long overdue commentary on this photo...

The Paris was originally opened in the mid-to-late 1940s as the Variety Theater, owned by Claughton Theaters. Ed Claughton told me some years later that folks called it "Claughton's Folly" for opening up that movie theater on Miami Beach... perhaps because of its location.

What was Thrifty's was originally a Table Supply Store - the predecessor to Winn-Dixie - and the only time [I'm aware of] that the Davis Brothers had one of their stores on Miami Beach.

Another grocery store that eventually became part of the evolution into Kwik Chek (and later Winn Dixie) was located around the corner on 6th Street East of Meridian Avenue - a Margaret-Ann store.

I don't know exactly what year Claughton sold off the Variety, but it was the Paris as far back as the early-to mid 1960s.
danny 11-Mar-2011 21:05
550 lincoln rd.....its still there....just empty and available for lease i believe
RickD 01-Mar-2010 08:25
I lived on south beach from 70-76 and I remember seeing the Paris theater across from the supermarket (Thrifty) I'd go to with my grandma. I think the Paris used to show gay films back then.
Don Boyd17-Mar-2009 03:47
Thanks Robert, I finally got around to fixing the title. Don
robertbowman22-Mar-2008 01:37
I believe it was the Paris Theatre. Originally it was a Burlesque house.Directly across the street (to the East) was Thrifty supermarket, With the 5th street gym above it.