Arts & Culture

Miami Shores and its environs have a lot going on for such a small town! The Miami Theater Center (MTC), located at 9806 NE 2nd Avenue in our downtown, is a beautiful and painstakingly renovated reminder of the glory days of standalone small town movie theaters. It opened in 1949 as the Shores Theater.

It was returned to its glory by Stephanie Ansin and enjoyed many years as the PlayGround Theatre, a regionally acclaimed home to live children’s theater performances. In 2012, Ansin and staff changed the name and focus, and the Miami Theater Center now entertains and educates audiences and artists of all ages and abilities. MTC continues to offer PlayGround programming on stage and in the classroom. MTC also offers performances and classes for adults and films for audiences of all ages. MTC has partnered with O Cinema at Miami Shores to show independent and family-friendly films.

The auditorium expects to also play host to screenings of movies from many of the region’s Film Festivals, such as the Jewish Film Festival, the Latin Film Festival, and the Gay Film Festival, among others.

The Miami Art League, located at 9709 NE 2nd Avenue, has been in business for over fifty years, providing affordable art instruction for community residents.

The Miami Shores Fine Arts Commission is an official board of Shores residents involved in putting on arts and cultural events throughout the year. Chaired by prominent Miami Shores leader Susan Ackley, the Commission puts on live musical concerts at the Memorial Park and at the Community Center, as well as art exhibits in Brockway Memorial Library and Village Hall. Their opening night receptions at Brockway feature complimentary wine and snacks and are well attended. They also coordinate the annual Photography Contest at Unity Day and many other events.