You didn’t even have to live in South Florida to know about the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
It began life as a movie theater – the Player’s State Theater.
And when it opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1927, it was part of the Paramount chain.
Designed by architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, it came back in a time when theaters were meant to be as grand as the productions they would show.
Local realtors Irving J. Thomas and Fin L. Pierce were the builders. And another well known Grove name was the contractor – Albert Peacock.