UA Movies at Plantation

8400 W. Broward Boulevard,
Plantation, FL 33324

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rivest266 on March 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm

This opened on December 20th, 1978. Grand opening ad in the photo section.


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buffal0s0uljah on June 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Wow, I can’t for the life of me remember this movie theater ever existing. Maybe I just never noticed it since I used to frequent either the Mercede, Broward Mall 4 or the Fountains. Is that Google Maps street photo accurate? Was it where J Ristorante is presently? Any help on remembering this theater would be greatly appreciated.

kencmcintyre on July 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm

That’s it. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on July 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm

That ad didn’t work for me. You might want to post it again.

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Al Alvarez on August 13, 2008 at 11:55 am

The address here was 8400 W. Broward Boulevard. It operated from 1978 to 1994.

evmovieguy on July 7, 2005 at 4:24 am


No, they were not the same theater. The Movies at Plantation was in fact a 7 screen theater and if I recall correctly opened a few years before the 4 screen Broward Mall theater did. Both were located near the Mall. The four screen was directly across from the west side of the mall on a side street (that I forget the name of) that led about a ¼ mile or so south from West Broward Blvd.

The Movies at Plantation was directly on W. Broward Blvd. between Pine Island Road and University Dr.

RobertR on April 6, 2005 at 4:36 pm

I think it was from the Coca-Cola Company. No it played all over in the various chains and independants.

longislandmovies on April 6, 2005 at 3:15 pm

i no it sound strange such a crap movie but it was there for ever.

evmovieguy on April 5, 2005 at 2:34 pm

How many seats was that main theater, the really large one.

evmovieguy on April 5, 2005 at 2:32 pm

17 weeks? I saw Wierd Science when I was still living down there but it was at a different theater in Hollywood (got free passes). Do you know who produced that ‘Snack Canyon’ cartoon, was that exclusive to UA theaters?

longislandmovies on April 5, 2005 at 2:29 pm

not sure but i thought it was late 90s

longislandmovies on April 5, 2005 at 2:28 pm

7 screens / i remember we played wierd science for like 17 weeks

evmovieguy on April 5, 2005 at 2:07 pm

Hey longislandmovies-
Refresh my memory; was it six or seven screens, and do you remember what year it ended up closing?

RobertR on April 5, 2005 at 12:55 pm

I remember those Snack Canyon snipes.

longislandmovies on April 5, 2005 at 11:31 am

i worked at this theater in 1983 ast mgr and projectionist . DID ONLY OK BSNS BACK THEN.

evmovieguy on April 4, 2005 at 11:28 pm

The Movies at Plantation was the quintessential 1980s suburban Florida multiplex theater. If memory serves me it had either 6 or 7 screens, and opened in 1981 or 1982 as a first-run theater and remained first-run during it’s existence which ended somewhere in the 90s. It was located (in Plantation-about 10 miles west of Ft. Lauderdale) on West Broward Blvd. between University Drive and Pine Island Road, and was a very popular theater because of it’s close proximity to the Broward Mall which had no theater of it’s own.

Even though the theater’s exterior and much of it’s interior were visually unexciting like most built in the 70s and 80s, the walls of the lobby had some great wallpaper that showcased huge repetetive black and white stills from classic films and classic stars like ‘The Werwolf’, Sophia Loren (from a film that I don’t know the name of), and many others . The admission was usually $4.25, but I remember it going up to $4.50 at one point, a bargain by today’s standards. One of the seven (or six) theaters, the main one, was pretty huge with a huge screen to match. The other smaller theaters were average size for a Multiplex at that time.

One of the first films they showed and the first I saw there was the much anticipated sci-fi techno flick ‘Tron’. I had some great times in there and saw ALOT of really great films from the 80s. One film inparticular that dare I say…moved me, if you could be ‘moved’ when you’re 16 years old, was ‘Rumble Fish’. At the time it was unlike any film I had seen and inspired me to got into film and photography. That same day after seeing ‘Rumble Fish’ my friend and I snuck into one of the other theaters and saw ‘Valley Girl’. He wasn’t too famous then, but Nic Cage was in both films, which we noticed.

One of the big gimmicks that Movies at Plantation did (I think they were an AMC Theater) was to show an animated advertisement for the snack bar called ‘Snack Canyon’. Without getting into too much detail ‘Snack Canyon’ was a cartoon about a family of penguins driving through a desert in an old jalopy which is dry and running out of gas. At some point they stumble upon ‘Snack Canyon’ and their thirst and dry jalopy problems are over. When they get there they are asked which sodas they want, and since all of us had this thing memorized from being there so many times the entire crowd would yell out “Sprite, please!!” when the baby penguin said his Sprite line to ask for the soda. I know…Corny!! Hard to believe that me, my friends and the general teen population were THAT innocent back then. We also had fun screaming as loud as possible during the “Creep Show” trailer, and during a screening of ‘The Fly’ with Jeff Goldblum the place was outta control with screaming during all the gross parts. Really fun.

Some of the films I remember seeing there were, and I’ll try to make this a short list, were:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Buhler’s Day Off
48 Hours
The Outsiders
Hannah and her Sisters
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (with ‘unknowns’ Sarah Jessica Parker & Helen Hunt)
Desperately Seeking Susan
Private School
Eddie and the Cruisers
Lost In America
Falcon and the Snowman

And many, many others. Can’t believe I actually saw some of those. Musta been on dates. This place was a total ‘date’ theater.

If anybody has anymore info or memories on this place please do tell.