FIUSM Reports University to Revive Coconut Grove Playhouse


On Monday, December 2 The Beacon – FIU’s Student Newspaper and – reported that the University will revive the long shuttered Coconut Grove Playhouse.

The University has partnered with Miami-Dade County to reestablish the Coconut Grove Playhouse – according to Kenneth Jessell, a good business deal that the University says will offer teaching and internship opportunities.

The senior vice president of Finance and Administration and chief financial officer mentioned some of the reasoning behind such a transaction.

“Certainly we were into it because it gave us a high priority to establish the Coconut Grove Playhouse as a real important treasure to the community, a high quality regional theater,” said Jessell.

The Coconut Grove Playhouse was constructed in 1927 and closed in 2006 according to a FIU Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Committee Meeting presentation. Jessel presented a Miami Today article that reported the State of Florida took ownership of the Playhouse in 2012 due to issues of violations against the state’s property deed.

Read the rest of the article HERE!

Coconut Grove Playhouse
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