The Real Deal Miami

Pembroke Pines considering new $11.4M public theater at vacant City Center

April 06, 2011 04:28PM

Pembroke Pines officials are mulling a new $11.4 million public theater at City Center that would seat around 3,000 people. The intent is to attract tourists to City Center, which has sat vacant since Pembroke Pines bought it for $68 million in 2006 with none of the originally-planned development coming to fruition. But some local politicians are wary that the city can afford it. “I don’t think we have the money for this theater, and I don’t know where we’re going to get the money for this,” Commissioner Carl Shechter said, noting that the additional traffic may also present a problem. “The idea… does not make economic sense right now.” City commissioners are slated to hear a proposal for the project, which has been on the table since 2008, at a meeting tonight. [Miami Herald]