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sporridge commented about Ultravision Theatre on Jan 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Coming soon where the Ultra-Vision once stood: Aldi. Additional stores supposed to follow.

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sporridge commented about Carmike Pompano 18 on Jan 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Carmike Cinemas is taking over the Pompano/Broward 18, along with the other remaining theaters in the Muvico chain.

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sporridge commented about Delray Beach 18 on Jan 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm

After 20 years in business, the Delray 18 closed abruptly in November 2013. Word had circulated for the better part of the year that L.A. Fitness was poised to take over the space.

Meantime, a new iPic complex is aiming for a 2015 opening not too far north, on the former site of the Delray Beach Library off Atlantic Avenue.

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sporridge commented about Las Olas Cinemas on Jan 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Closed sometime toward the end of 2013, and any mention removed from the Frank Theaters Website.

The whole Las Olas Riverfront complex continues to struggle, and various redevelopment possibilities continue to be floated.

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sporridge commented about Westown I & II on Mar 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

For those keeping track of former Ultra-Vision venues, there were also two in South Florida: The Ultra-Vision Twin in Deerfield Beach (now demolished after 25 years as a church)

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15990

and the Dolphin in Palm Springs (near West Palm Beach)

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/31804

Lifespans for both: 1971 to 1985.

The photo of the Westown is very similar to a Deerfield Ultra-Vision auditorium.

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sporridge commented about Ultravision Theatre on Feb 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Demolition began on February 25 at the former Deerfield Ultra-Vision Twin. Retail space appears slated to follow.

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sporridge commented about Plantation Cross Roads on Jan 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I’m told Plantation Crossroads finally closed in January 2012 after a 35-year run. A new CVS Pharmacy now fronts University Drive: I’m unaware if the rest of the Mercede Center and the theatre were demolished. Nearest screens are now Frank Sunrise, Regal Sawgrass, and Ridge Cinema.

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sporridge commented about Dolphin Theatre on Jul 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Boxoffice Magazine’s “The Mark of the Modern,” featuring the Dolphin and other Ultra-Vision destinations, from 1971 (link to first page of article): http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1971-10-25&page_no=162#page_start

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sporridge commented about Coral Ridge Theatre on Jul 21, 2012 at 5:57 am

Sources for my comment of July 20: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=pbwyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GOoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=940,2355905&dq=claughton+theaters&hl=en

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=r3YyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=m-kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=907,1851583&dq=claughton+theaters&hl=en

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sporridge commented about Warnor Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Florida State closed the Warnor on June 12, 1963 — and opened their new Coral Ridge Theater about four miles north the following day. “Duel of the Titans” with Steve Reeves appears to have been the Warnor’s final movie. The property was indeed sold to the Fort Lauderdale Daily News. (From searches of The Miami News/Google News)

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sporridge commented about Coral Ridge Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Local chain Claughton Theaters initiated construction (at $250,000) of the Coral Ridge, but sold the venue to Florida State shortly before opening in June 1963 with “The Nutty Professor.” Florida State’s purchase required the approval of the US Justice Department, under terms of the Consent Decree. Original seating was for 1,000, with 42 inches' leg room between rows. The Coral Ridge’s debut happened simultaneously with the closing of Florida State’s Warnor in nearby downtown Ft. Lauderdale. (From various pages in a search of “Claughton Theaters” on Google News' The Miami News archives.)

Cinemark Theaters took a brief turn at running the Coral Ridge in its final days, their sole entry in the South Florida market until their purchase of several Muvico megaplexes.

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sporridge commented about iPic Boca Raton on Feb 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Further iPic news: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-ipic-theater-reveal-20120215,0,4276055.story

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sporridge commented about iPic Boca Raton on Jan 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

More at this probably limited-time link: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-12-14/news/fl-brf-watch-1214-20111214_1_ocean-strand-joe-pedalino-rezoned

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sporridge commented about iPic Boca Raton on Jan 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

iPic Theaters is now scheduled to renovate the Mizner Park Cinema space as a boutique theater with restaurant and bar, reopening scheduled for May 2012.

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sporridge commented about Sunrise Eleven on Dec 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Made a rare visit not too long ago, and at least one of the (original) smaller auditoriums was finally equipped with stereo sound. To think there was a time I’d be doing art movie double or even triple features there…

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sporridge commented about PGA Cinema 6 on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

This time, they may not be back. Redevelopment for big-box retail may be next.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/6-screen-pga-gardens-cinamax-closes-1826031.html

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sporridge commented about Don & Ann Brown Theatre on Oct 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Time for another name change: It’s now The Don & Ann Brown Theatre, new home of Palm Beach Dramaworks, with another round of extensive renovations. Substantial coverage at http://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org/clematisnews.php

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sporridge commented about Bill Cosford Cinema on Oct 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Since the time I wrote that “Sole survivor among the once-numerous single-screen art cinemas…” comment, a new one-screen art cinema has arrived in Coral Gables: http://www.gablescinema.com/. Other newly minted single-screens have also opened in Wynwood (O Cinema, http://www.o-cinema.org/) and Miami Beach (Miami Beach Cinematheque, http://www.mbcinema.com/).

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sporridge commented about Bill Cosford Cinema on Oct 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Al, I attended several times in the early 90s: I remember “Akira” and “Vampires in Havana” as playing there in 1990, and I attended one of those roadshow animation festivals around the same time. Think the Beaumont was only open over the weekends by then. If they were excluded from The Herald’s movie time clock, I’m guessing New Times was my source for showtimes.

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sporridge commented about Hollywood Cinema on Sep 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

CL Reece, thank you for the marvelous photos and recollections! Although I only visited once toward the end (GCC got my business at North Broward’s Pompano Cinema), I remember seeing the exteriors when my family drove through the area.

It appears some of the first comments were deleted during CT’s site conversion, so I’ll mention my one visit from c. 1995 again. The Hollywood Cinema was second run by then (I went to see “Powder”), and there was a five-minute wait halfway through for a reel change. A few remnants of the glorious past remained, especially the immense lobby and chandelier.

There were hopes that Hollywood Cinema would have new life with French films, catering to the Canadian/Quebecois winter population (the first played to packed houses for more than a month). After it closed, there were plans to convert the facility into a nightclub (the local press even showed renderings), in light of new activity to the west along Hollywood Boulevard.

Last time I was in the area (Art & Culture Center), I was panhandled even before I could step out of the car. Here’s hoping there may eventually be new life for the Hollywood Cinema.

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sporridge commented about Movies at Pompano on Aug 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Re street view: Movies at Pompano 6 was in front of the present Muvico Broward (formerly Muvico Pompano), to the right of the curb cut next to the Quizno’s sign. (Don’t look for Quizno’s there now, they’ve since closed.) Muvico’s current space was previously a supermarket behind the UA sixplex.

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sporridge commented about Deerfield Cinema 5 on Jul 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Closed — drove past there this evening. This will now be the second former Deerfield Beach movie house to become a church. Just as well, since the place showed substantial wear and tear after 25 years' operation, and probably couldn’t compete with the newly upgraded Deerfield Mall 8 a mile west.

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sporridge commented about Carmike Pompano 18 on Jun 26, 2011 at 10:08 am

Now renamed (for no apparent reason, except the county it’s located at) Muvico Broward 18: https://www.muvico.com/default.asp?t=150

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sporridge commented about Lake Worth Playhouse on Jun 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Street view notes: This LWP marquee is fairly new, installed in recent years. To the left, a little bit of the Stonzek Studio Theatre (still in use as a digital minicinema and occasional live stage space) may be seen.

Scanning the Palm Beach Post/Google archives, I’ve seen frequent references to an art/adult cinema, the Capri, “in the heart of Lake Worth.” Does anyone know if LWP previously had this alias?

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sporridge commented about Sunset Theatre on Jun 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

The map given above is south of the Sunset’s former location; it was just a block or two south of Las Olas Boulevard, around the corner from where the Las Olas Riverfront 15 shows movies today.