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Miami-Dade County Commissioners Approve Plan to Restore Coconut Grove Playhouse

July 12th, 2013 Written By Carol Pawley

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On Tuesday,  Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a plan to restore the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse.  “We gotta find a way to make this happen and get this facility up and running,” said Commissioner Dennis Moss.

Last year the Mediterranean Revival-style theater, built in 1926,  was returned back to the state.

The plan will include a regional theater run by GableStage’s veteran director, Joe Adler and Florida International theater education. Coconut Grove residents are happy and excited about the new plan.

Coconut Grove Playhouse Public Call to Action

April 2nd, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

Village of Center Grove Neighborhood Association is calling all Grove residents to speak up and show support in honor of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. The event is scheduled to take place tonight at 6:30 pm.

“Among politicians who will be invited to the Give It Back April 2 gathering will be Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado, City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and State Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
The Playhouse Board of Directors was freely given and accepted official ownership and responsibility for the Coconut Grove Playhouse in 2004 by the State of Florida.   There was only one condition required in return for the gift by the State: The Playhouse Board of Directors must continue to present live theater in the revered landmark or they would lose ownership. With an estimated operating deficit of 4.3 million dollars, the Board closed the Playhouse on May 12, 2006 and it has remained closed and crumbling for six dark years since then.”

Who: Coconut Grove Playhouse

What: Give it Back! Event

When:  April 2, 2012 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Where: Coconut Grove Playhouse and vicinity

Why: Get the Coconut Grove Playhouse back in business

How: Calling all Grove residents to come out and show their support – there’s power in numbers. Participants will receive pins and yellow ribbons to tie around trees in their neighborhood.

Extras: There will be limited on-site parking – please enter through Charles Street. Limited valet available in front of Calamari Restaurant. There is a charge for both parking methods. Additional parking available in vicinity.
 
From 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. half-priced cocktails will be served in honor of the Coconut Grove Playhouse at Calamari, La Bottega, Taurua, Greenstreet, Lulu, Moe’s, Bice Bistro, Peacock Garden Café and Jaguar.

 

If you would like more information on Grove events, please contact me at (305) 992 6188 or email me at carolapawley@gmail.com

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