Olympia Theatre Graces the Cover of The Villager’s Yearbook

September 12th, 2015

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The Olympia Theatre, a restored 1920s “Picture Palace” in downtown Miami, appears on the current cover of the yearbook of  THE VILLAGERS, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Miami’s historic structures.

 

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The structure, completed in 1926 by architect John Eberson, had amazed the public of the time with its stunning Moorish architecture, perfect acoustics and a simulated night sky complete with wafting clouds and twinkling stars. It’s one of the few Eberson buildings around the world still standing.

 

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It was saved in 1975 by philanthropist Maurice Gusman and thanks to early restoration work by famed architect Morris Lapidus, in 1984 it was named to the National Register of Historic Places

 

I had the honor to photograph the project for Miami architect Richard Heisenbottle, a well-known restoration specialist. He researched the archives for photographs showing the building’s original appearance.

 

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Experts drilled through decades of the wall’s paint layers to sample and reveal the original colors. It’s been an ongoing project for Heisenbottle that has, thanks to work over the years, seen the theatre’s visual charm and practical use revived. The Olympia is a glorious exemplar of Miami’s past.

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4 Comments on “Olympia Theatre Graces the Cover of The Villager’s Yearbook”

  1. 1 Ira Eichner said at 8:40 pm on September 15th, 2015:

    Hi Dan,

    As usual, your normal – for you – superlative work!

    What camera and lens? How many exposures per image.
    Yeah, I’m a busy body, yenta photographer! Tell all. You’re my hero, dude!

    All the Best,

    Ira

  2. 2 Marian Gilmer Halyburton Rousse said at 5:43 pm on September 16th, 2015:

    Fabulous

  3. 3 cristina Dueñas said at 8:36 pm on September 16th, 2015:

    Dear Dan:
    As a Villager member I was delighted to see the Olympia theater on the cover of the directory. I was involved with a theatrical dance group “The Gold-Diggers” and we performed 36 years on that stage. Your beautiful photos reflect the soul of that theater..Thanks!
    I am also a painter, looking to do gyclees of my works. Do you photograph artwork?
    Earth without art is just Eh….
    Cristina

  4. 4 cristina Dueñas said at 8:42 pm on September 16th, 2015:

    Dear Dan:
    As a Villager member I was delighted to see the Olympia Theater on the cover of the directory. I was involved with a theatrical dance group “The Gold-Diggers” and we performed 36 years on that stage. Your beautiful photos reflect the soul of that theater..Thanks!
    I am also a painter, looking to do gyclees of my works. Do you photograph artwork?
    Earth without art is just Eh…
    Cristina


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