Ocean Drive Building Where Scarface Chainsaw Scene Was Filmed Is Now A CVS

It was once the location where a grisly murder scene was shot in the 1983 gangster film Scarface. Now it’s a CVS Pharmacy.

Renovation of the Ocean Drive building where the chainsaw scene was filmed is now complete, with the CVS opening inside earlier this year.

It was once of the few scenes in Scarface actually filmed in Miami, due to interference from local politicians. Shortly after the scene was shot, production moved to Los Angeles, according to Miami New Times.

A portion of the facade of the building (formerly the Sun Ray apartments) has been preserved. Although the building only dates to 1953, the renovation plan needed review from the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board due to the location. Approval granted by the board in 2016.

 

(photos: phillip pessar)

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow, that’s the actual staircase, not a replica. LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

Some intern wrote it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That no trespassing sign and chain link in the 3rd photo is not going to stop Scarface fans from dressing up as Tony Montana for Halloween and taking selfies or photos there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thats a great idea:))))

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wait Wait….So the building owner wants to showcase and capitalize on the Scarface stair but Blocks it off and posts a police sign that says
“no trespassing”…might as well just demo it an post a postcard picture of it!.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only built in 1953? FYI that is 65 years, thus over 50 years old. That alone qualifies it for individual historic designation in the NRHP, in addition to any local or state designation. Also, the post Scarface sanitization of Ocean Drive is now complete.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well, most Ocean Drive’s iconic buildings on this stretch are from the 1930s and 1940s, so it’s a bit of an outlier.

Also, everything was originally quite drab (as seen from the video). Miami Vice came later and offered to paint the buildings the famous colors for free.

Howard
2 years ago

There is a walking tour sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League “South Beach Scandals”. One of the stops on the tour is at this building, recounting the Scarface scene shot here and the drug problems of the 80’s. Check it out at mdpl.org

Anonymous
2 years ago

really?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Scarface was a “gangster film?” I thought it was a movie about hispanic immigrant drug smugglers?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Scarface is a remake i believe the first one was made 1950s.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um no. The original movie “Scarface” was about Al Capone who was born here in the USA and whose nickname was “Scarface” because of a knife slashing he received in New York before he was shipped off to Chicago. The Scarface movie with Al Pacino is not a remake of the movie about Al Capone.

Yuriy
1 month ago

Mmm no, Original scarface character is loosely based on Capone but the movie isn’t about him or historical accuracy. Pacino’s scaface is based on the character of an old movie along with a storyline. You can’t really say it’s a remake but it’s definitely re-vision of an old one. Al Capone’s nickname has very little to do with both movies however

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe you should watch the movie