Gateway Theatre

1820 E. Sunrise Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Can someone help with the location of this Village Cinema. It operated from 1968 to 1978 and closed as a triplex.

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm

The architect was Roy F. France who also helped designed the Miami Beach Carib.

Roloff
Roloff on August 7, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Sad to hear this. Maybe you should become the manager!

bornjaded
bornjaded on July 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Oops. Local chain Sunrise Cinemas (formerly known as Dreier Theaters) acquired this theater in the late 80s/early 90s, before, beginning in 2000, it began buying out a host of other South Florida cinemas that had been abandoned by their respective operators (Regal’s Las Olas multiplex, and GCC’s Deerfield 8, Fountains 8, Galleria 4, and Intracoastal 8, and AMC Mizner Park). They bit off more than they can chew and they’re now, like a lot of businesses that briefly thrived several years ago, in dire straits.

The Gateway, my favorite theater in Broward, gets more run-down by the year. Problems like aperture shadow have become very prevalent, and as with most exhibitors, particularly Sunrise Cinemas, the Gateway is home to a revolving door of managers, each less equipped to, say, address a simple problem like aperture shadow than the previous one. As of this post, the Gateway has been playing exclusively films in wide release, as Sunrise Cinemas seems to be slowly relinquishing their reputation for programming “Independent, Fine Art, & Foreign” films, with 99% of their screens currently running Hollywood fare. What bodes even worse for this chain’s future is that long-time “marketing director” Joel Thom (about whom I’d say more, except this site’s Comment Policy forbids anything resembling “personal attacks”) has been relieved of his relationship with the company.

Right now, the variety and state of motion picture exhibition in South Florida is pretty decrepit (like many of our movie theaters), and Sunrise Cinemas couldn’t embody this any better.

sporridge
sporridge on June 30, 2007 at 7:26 pm

It’s curtains! Needless to say, they were gone* by the first time I checked out the Gateway some 20 years ago.

Thank you very much for the link; I remember seeing a sepia-tone repro of this in the Gateway lobby during their 50th anniversary celebrations. Sitting in the subdivided auditoria, I occasionally try to imagine what the place looked like in its early years.

  • after twinning in the 1970s by Wometco, I suspect — anyone know if they split the place in equal halves?
ThePhotoplayer
ThePhotoplayer on June 30, 2007 at 8:50 am

A picture of this theater may be found with an accompanying article from 1951 here:
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Roloff
Roloff on March 20, 2007 at 7:37 am

I took some pictures of the lovely Gateway last January.
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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 7, 2006 at 7:13 pm

The Gateway was one of the flagships of the Wometco chain in the 50’s and 60’s and, as Ft. Lauderdale’s most luxurious theatre, it often played exclusive runs and roadshow engagements. Many first-run films were brought to Miami and the Gateway just after their Manhattan premieres in order to catch the snowbirds on vacation.

It was often dated with the prestigious Carib on Miami Beach.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on September 7, 2006 at 3:53 pm

The problem with this theater is it needs to be remodeled badly.It could definately use new seats. I left Ft Lauderdale in 2005 and over the 10 years I was there went many times to the Gateway. In 2000 they had a big celebration for the 50th anniversary. The thing I loved going there and the Galleria was they use real butter on the popcorn. I know the Galleria was damage last year with Hurricane Wilma. Is that why they didn’t re-open? I know the Doubletree hotel next door was trying for many tyears to buy the property.

mikemorano
mikemorano on September 7, 2006 at 1:15 pm

Thanx fella’s. I thought it was the original movie. Wasn’t aware of ‘Inside Deep Throat’.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 7, 2006 at 7:04 am

That documentary about the DEEP THROAT phenomenon played nationwide a few years back and was not a graphic sex film.

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE is a separate film and an indictment of the Irish Catholic church. This is an specialised (arthouse) movie theatre.

sporridge
sporridge on September 7, 2006 at 12:52 am

“Inside Deep Throat” (the “Inside” is blurred on the photo, but it’s there) was among the NC-17/unrated exclusives that are a Gateway specialty (along with occasional fare for the local gay/lesbian community). With the closure of the neighboring Galleria Cinemas, more mainstream Hollywood movies appeared more frequently at the Gateway this past summer, although they still maintain a steady diet of indies.

mikemorano
mikemorano on September 7, 2006 at 12:27 am

Is this an adult theatre? Look at this photo.

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sporridge
sporridge on April 12, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Beneath the all-too-1970s wall treatments, some auditoriums at the Gateway still have an architecturally creative touch from its early years: curved walls, originally meant to suggest ocean waves. This theme also continued in, of all places, the curved (and narrow) entrances to the restrooms (proceed slowly)…

One of the few theatres in South Florida where the audiences put their various realities on hold, and become involved with the films (I’ve never had to change seats to get away from talkers). Another nice touch: the “comment pillar” in the lobby, where patrons are invited to jot down quick comments on index cards (most frequent warning of subpar entertainment: “Bring a pillow!”)

Agent86
Agent86 on April 11, 2006 at 1:31 am

The Gateway is a great theater. The only one in Broward County with a classic marquee. Not the greatest sound system but a great place to see indies has a nice classic look inside.

moviesmovies
moviesmovies on July 14, 2005 at 12:17 am

Good place to catch indies.
Recently saw the Bruce Weber film on his family of dogs and friends.

steven
steven on March 3, 2005 at 7:18 pm

I found the following from THE MIAMI HERALD dated Sunday, March 7, 1954. The column is titled “Broadway in Broward” and one of the items is a write-up of the Gateway Theater:

Miller Film is Hit

“The Glenn Miller movie was the Gateway Theater’s all-time box office hit. It played to 28,313 people in 13 days. Manager Keith Hendee’s figures show. Bigger than "The Robe”…Viewers of a certain pre-war age bracket who were reared on records like “In the Mood” and and “Tuxedo Junction” took it much to heart, were slightly astonished to realize that several sets of teenagers have come and gone without knowing Miller music. Only criticism [of the movie]: The dates were switched around."

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on December 11, 2004 at 10:01 pm

The theater opened in 1950 and was run by Wometco. It is currently run by Sunrise cinemas. It is one of my favorite theaters. They have all pictures and posters in the lobby. They also had the world premiere of Where The Boys Are in 1960.