Six Reasons Miami Deserves Its Own Theatre District
So where are we going to put this proposed theatre district? My suggestion: The chunk of land west of the Adrienne Arsht Center, a part of town already recognized for supporting the performing arts. To the west of the Arsht, we have a neighborhood suffering from an identity crisis. It's the area that Rock of Ages transformed into the Sunset Strip -- leaving empty structures in its wake. This area is characterized by underutilized buildings, abandoned warehouses, and vacant lots. A theatre district in this area could lure theatre troupes, acts, and even permanent shows to that part of town -- as well as restaurants, shops, and other businesses hoping to capitalize on theatregoers. Expanding Miami's performing arts to the area surrounding the Arsht Center would be a natural extension to an existing cultural hub.
|Perhaps the Coral Gables Playhouse would have fared better within a designated theatre district.|
Speaking of capitalizing on theatregoers, a theatre district would do wonders for our local economy. It would create jobs for actors, theatre managers and technicians, and construction developers. And perhaps more importantly, it would inspire tourists and locals alike to invest more money into the city. A successful Miami theatre district would lure visitors from South Beach to often overlooked parts of Miami. Surrounding businesses would flourish. And it all supports industry in the city. Everybody wins.