The City of Homestead invites the community to celebrate the historic completion of the Seminole Theatre with a marquee lighting, tours of the renovated theater, and a cocktail reception with cash bar. For the first time in nearly 40 years, the lobby of the Seminole Theatre will be flooded with guests as community members gather to mingle in the beautifully restored space. Inside the auditorium, attendees will have the chance to see the stage fully lit, feel the plush brand new seating, and learn about the history of the Seminole Theatre as well as the improvements made during the renovation.
The renovation of the Seminole Theatre as a cultural arts center is part of an overall effort to bring new life to Downtown Homestead with a series of civic and community ventures. These include the new City Hall, which is near completion, the expansion of Losner Park as a civic plaza for community events, and the construction of a new Police Station in the heart of Downtown.
Funding for the Seminole Theatre restoration was made possible thanks to the citizens of Homestead. During the decisive May 2014 Bond Referendum, 64% voted in favor of the $5 million Bond to renovate the Historic Seminole Theatre as a cultural center.
The historic structure, originally built in 1921, was first restored in 1940 with the iconic Art Deco façade you see today. The theatre, a central part of Homestead’s social life, was mainly used as a movie house until it closed its doors in 1979. In 1992, it suffered a near total loss as a result of Hurricane Andrew. In an attempt to salvage the historic property, citizen groups embarked on a renovation effort that would span decades. The 2014 citizen-approved funding allowed for the complete restoration of this space as a cultural hub for Homestead. Renovations were completed by project contractors Munilla Construction Management and project architects Designel.