Sunny Isles Twin

3025 Sunny Isles Boulevard,
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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This late-1960’s twin theatre featured the then common ABC Florida State Theatres design that was made up of two diagonally attached rectangular auditoriums and a round lobby with a large glass front.

Opening as the Aquamarine and Driftwood auditoriums, they soon became Twin I and II. At opening both screens played alternating showings of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

The round glass lobby featured a unique ceramic floor tile design with an aquarium motif. Photos featuring ABC’s waterfront attractions Weeki Washee and Silver Springs parks were on display and were also advertised on the screen before each film.

Each auditorium featured high-back rocking chair seats and excellent sight lines on huge screens. The seats and carpets were colored burnt orange and aqua blue to match their names with the Aquamarine screen being the largest seating over 700. Reserved seats were common in the early years, a practice that was abandoned when roadshow releases became rare.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Ripshin on July 3, 2010 at 1:50 am

I’m assuming that the great details of the lobby are long gone – the tile work, etc. It was the most beautiful theater of the 60s, that I can remember. We’re lucky, in San Antonio, to have the older restored theaters (MAJESTIC, EMPIRE, AZTEC), but none of the 60s theaters survived. But we had NOTHING like this one (that I know, since I grew up in Miami, as a kid).

Ripshin on July 3, 2010 at 1:53 am

In Austin, the Americana (1965) was pretty awesome – now a library. But the interior is gone. Nicely converted, though.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

oh, Mary Colehower was managing here on June 3 1983.

Ripshin on August 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

“Chitty” was in 1968 – it didn’t open the theater. Ads say “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 15, 2011 at 4:23 am

Twin one was “Driftwood”. Twin two was “Aquamarine”.

The lovely Mary Colehower, I think, closed it.

rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I uploaded the December 16th, 1966 grand opening ad here.

jdoc001 on May 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

i remember goin there to see a version of pinocchio once on the big screen when i was younger

tzwicky on May 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

By the time I got to 12th Grade, my brother was managing the theatre with an old-timey exhibitor, known to me only as Jimmy Foof. Dunno where that name could have come from, but with my bro running the place every night, it gave me total access to what was playing, and that year (1973) it was “The Exorcist.” I went through a very short period of film craft interest, just in time to stay through maybe 30 showings of the film. I know every bump and sound in the film track. Max Von Sydow played a 70-80-something priest very convincingly to the point where, before imdb, I never knew his real age. The place had 2 large screens before they multiplexed into 8 smallish screens. At least the concession stand sold Pepsi, “real” Goobers and really good hot dogs. The place still stands, but has been repurposed as a furniture store in a small strip mall. With Oleta State Park right across Sunny Isles Blvd, everyone in the area knew when low tide was. Stinky, stinky mangroves.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

This was never multiplexed. The Intracoastal-8 is a separate theatre further east off 163rd street.

eapfan69 on August 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Warner Brothers held a big 3-day event in Miami Beach for the press premiere of “Hotel” that culminated with a black-tie screening of the film at this theater on Saturday, January 21, 1967.

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