Imagine this: It’s a gorgeous night, and you’re holding your loved one’s hand in a picture-perfect Mediterranean courtyard. The sky is dotted with stars as an orchestra performs on a nearby stage, filling the air with beautiful music. Are you at some outdoor cultural festival in Italy? Nope, you’re at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts—Miami’s most historic venue for opera, live music, drama, and film—and the performance is part of your romantic night on the town. Strolling towards the theater from the street, you’ll notice the vintage marquee and old-fashioned ticket booth, throwbacks to the former silent movie theater’s grand opening in 1926. Step inside and take in all the romantic touches. Built in an “atmospheric” style, the Olympia features Moorish design details, golden balconies, striking turrets and towers, and a massive, deep blue ceiling depicting a night sky, complete with fluffy clouds and twinkling stars. It’s a throwback to a more glamorous era, so be sure to treat your significant other like a king or queen as you take in a ballet, opera, or a concert by one of your favorite artists. Sure, the starlit sky and courtyard may be fake, but the enjoyment of being in this theater for a world-class performance is very real.

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

174 East Flagler Street Miami FL 33131

(305) 374-2444

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