Barbara Smith, the executive director, once told me that the theater was very close to meeting the wrecking during the 1980s. The theater was eventually donated by the Coleman family to the city of Miami, but it was the group of dedicated volunteers who took the initiative on the financial and preservation responsibilities. And it wasn’t easy to do the latter:
The organ, which had been sold, was tracked down and re-purchased.
The magnificent theater house chandelier had been removed long ago and was discovered years later in a barn minus all the glass and crystals.
And the very identifiable carpet — the original carpet bore the Coleman family crest and was re-created from a surviving piece — the stage is back to presenting works.
I really recommend that you take one of the guided tours at the theater. For such a small town, Miami’s theater is much nicer than many historic theaters found in much-larger cities.