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Yes, Dadeland was a dozie of a twin. I hated when it was chopped up for the third theater. I remember needing 1000 seats when Empire Strikes Back came out. The lines wrapped around the building and still sold out show after show —1000 seats a pop! The concessioneers had to carry sodas around their necks and work the lines! Just like in the stadiums! The experience on that huge screen in that big theater isn’t the same as seeing something in a tiny 1 of 10 theters!
In response to Porridge…. I worked as manager briefly, I don’t know, 3-6 months probably in the summer and fall of 1981. I worked at several of Wometco’s theaters in Miami learning all the trades… but relocated to Michigan and missed it all!! Its too bad Broward did not offer any similar showings, but then again where I live now I would have to travel a similar distance to see any “art house” offerings! I loved the Sunset though, its tiny concession stand, its tiny projection booth and its even tinier office!
Well, this may be a bit late, but yep, remembering Gallipoli as quite the tear jerker. I don’t think I was working at the Sunset at the time, but do recall many a slow night (especially during the week) where one of my functions as manager would be to convince the one or two who straggled in to LEAVE with a refund and a free pass to come back another night to avoid the costs of showing a film (yes they were films!) to just the couple of customers! I still have to look as I pass everytime I drive by when I am in town!