The Olympia Theater opened in 1926 as downtown Miami’s grandest silent movie palace and Vaudeville house. Better known now as the Gusman Center, the theater is home to live performances, films, community events, corporate meetings and social affairs.
As a city-owned facility, the Gusman relies on the city to provide approximately one-third of its operating budget, which is sufficient to cover basic maintenance of the building. The Gusman’s proposed $1.4 million budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010 anticipated city funding of $478,036, with remaining funding coming from venue rentals as well as arts and historic preservation grants from the city, county and state. Because of the financial crisis, this Miami landmark and masterpiece may not be able to get its funding to remain open.
The Gusman Theater is a true gem; a historic urban theater on Miami’s first main street. To lose it would be a travesty and take away an important character from the re-emergence of downtown. Please help support the Friends of Gusman group by signing their petition, and attending the budget meeting on Sept. 27th at City Hall.
For more information on the Gusman, please visit Friends of Gusman