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garyk commented about Biggest Non IMAX/Cinerama single theater screens ???? on Sep 8, 2008 at 5:13 am

I think the Chinese Theater in Hollywood is one of the largest. 80 feet does sound right. Perhaps some have not seen it fully expanded for a 70mm presentation. They mask of a lot when it is not a widescreen film. Titanic there was fantastic.

garyk commented about Dadeland Triplex on Dec 19, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Originally a twin theater. The largest screen was twinned for the last several years of its life. Both auditoriums were quite large and had 70mm capability. I don’t think there is a single Wometco theater left in Miami. What a shame. They had some nice ones. Times change and the economic realities are what they are. Too bad none of them could have been preserved.

garyk commented about Beach Theatre in Miami Beach Becoming a TAO Restaurant & Lounge on Sep 20, 2007 at 5:53 am

I was in this space about 15 years ago. There was a garage sale of a nightclub that was leasing the space. I thought there might some old theater speakers etc. for sale. There was absolutely nothing. The space was entirely gutted. Just bare block walls and an atmospheric sky. The balcony had been converted to a bank years ealier. The large office and retail building this theater space resides in is more like a lincoln center in miniature. It is not a tropical deco, but more of a radio city deco. It is somewhat unique on the Beach and it is a shame it was gutted and will not be restored to its past. It would take a complete re-building to make it into a theater space. I hope the new restaurant is nice. The space is certainly huge and could make for a very interesting restaurant. The Carib theater building just down the street is for sale. This was a very large theater that was also gutted. The price is around 20 million dollars. I don’t think showing movies will be profitable. This is a very high rent district.

garyk commented about Avalon Theatre on Aug 27, 2002 at 2:39 pm

Exterior strictly modern? I don’t think so. It is under the famous casino building which is very ornate and is a mix of deco and mediterranean revival