The Roaring 20's
..Going forward into the OOO's*..
Chair Patron dedications are also available. Contributions are $800 for a mainstage chair or $500 for a balcony chair. Chair Patron donors will receive a brass plaque engraved with up to three lines of dedication copy and permanently affixed to the donor's chosen theater seat.
Also donated to the city was a building adjoining the theater. Goldman envisions remodeling this space eventually into additional offices, dressing rooms, a green room, a set shop, a costume shop, and possibly classrooms or a conference center to facilitate a full educational program. The Homestead area is a popular spot for conferences and continues to attract a growing number of visitors annually.
The current target date to re-open the Seminole Theater is sometime in the year 2000. Goldman says she would like to open sooner, but it does not seem feasible financially at the moment. "If we have to wait until the year 2000 to open," says Goldman, "then I would really like to open on our anniversary date of November 26, 2000." By then, the theater will be celebrating its 79th birthday.
The history of the Seminole Theater dates back to the early 1920's when a Homestead pioneer by the name of James Washington English, along with Henry Booker, Sr., built the theater on Krome Avenue in the center of downtown Homestead. The theater originally opened on November 26, 1921 as a cinema, primarily showing the then popular silent movies. The Seminole Theatre quickly became the place to go for entertainment and social gatherings.