When the Colony Theatre opened in 1935, as part of Paramount Pictures' movie-theater chain, it signaled a new era in Miami Beach entertainment. Its Art Deco style gave life and panache to the films that lit its silver screen and the performers who took its stage. Now, more than three quarters of a century later, the theater remains a mainstay of the area's cultural landscape, having recently completed a $6.5 million restoration to bring that original glory back. Apart from concerts, the venue hosts dance performances, standup comedy, film screenings, and ushering tournaments.
Having worked production for major television networks, Bob and Rachelle decided to apply their talents to the more personalized task of preserving memories trapped on outdated formats. They do all the work in-house at DTV Home Movie Transfers, including transferring VHS, 8 millimeter, and Super8 contents onto DVDs. To craft a professional product, they also edit footage for smoother playback and create custom artwork for the DVD cases. Services also include audio transfers, as well as custom video presentation and mass-copying of DVDs and CDs.
Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.
The Burgundy Room's kitchen serves up a mouthwatering menu of contemporary coastal cuisine in a hip open lounge. Kick off gastronomical journeys with crispy Serrano ham and gorgonzola croquettes served with poblano aioli ($6), great for sharing. Those that want to cool off mouths without chewing on an air conditioner can nosh a salad of chilled Key West pink shrimp, mingling in a party of roma tomatoes, feta, red onion, and diced apples, all running through a sprinkler of balsamic vinaigrette ($12). Alternatively, famished foodies can chow on esculent entrees, from a seafood linguini populated by lobster, scallops, shrimps and mussels in a white wine lemon sauce ($20), to the grilled filet mignon, bedecked by brandy-drunk mushrooms that stumble over onions and fall into herb-roasted red potato pillows ($24).
Despite the large contemporary buildings that surround it today, the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts retains as much charm as the day it opened in 1926, christened then as the Olympia Theater, a silent movie palace. Its completely restored Mediterranean courtyard, gilded balconies, Wurlitzer organ and decorative plasterwork serve as a reminder to the days when going to the theater was a major event. In its heyday the likes of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Luciano Pavarotti and Etta James crossed the Gusman Center stage. Today the entertainment hall is home to jazz concerts, film festivals, the city’s emerging ballet company Ballet Palm Beach and the Miami Lyric Opera. And because it offers an intimate setting, it is possible to attend the opera without needing opera glasses.
Sporting Miami-Dade's oldest liquor license, Tobacco Road has been the city's quintessential bar for more than 100 years. A speakeasy where Al Capone reportedly once drank and gambled, Tobacco Road now specializes in what Frommer's lauds as "good and greasy bar fare." Bites range from houesmade empanadas and smoked baby-back ribs to the "death burger"—Angus beef crowned with grilled onions, jalapenos, and jack cheese.
As bartenders pour top-shelf liquors and beers, musicians rock out every night on the same stage once graced by blues luminaries, such as John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy. The party lasts until 5 a.m. every night, leaving just enough time for Tobacco Road's vampire maintenance crew to clean up before sunrise.