“Thank you, South Beach." Those are the words currently tacked to the famous Cameo marquee.
Built in 1936, it was originally a movie theater. In the '80s, it became a punk and hardcore venue where Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, D.O.A., Bad Brains, and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the pit.
But for the past decade and a half, this art deco landmark at 1445 Washington Ave. has been home to SoBe dance clubs.
In 1999, Crobar Miami, a sister party spot to the original Chicago club owned by nightlife entrepreneurs Ken Smith and Callin Fortis, opened. And it won New Times’ Best of Miami award for Best Nightclub in 2002. But it eventually closed on April 23, 2006.
A year later, it reopened as Cameo Nightclub. But now, after eight years, that era may also have come to an end.
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The club's most recent owner, Opium Group, has unloaded it to an undisclosed buyer.
As a rep for the club tells New Times: “Cameo has been sold and is no longer part of the Opium Group.”