Sunny Isles Twin

3025 Sunny Isles Boulevard,
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm

“CHITTY” played on both, but Aquamarine (Twin 2) was on the left and Driftwood (Twin 1) was on the right. Driftwood had more seats.

Aeterna, thanks for the “HOTEL” shots!

Ripshin on August 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Was the Aquamarine on the left, as you entered? I am fairly sure that “Chitty” was in that theater (or both?). I can actually remember two specific moments from that showing in ‘68…walking into the lobby, and the Intermission. Well, and the chairs.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Yes, it closed in 1984.

aeterna on August 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm

@eapfan69 Added some shots of the “Hotel” premiere. What year did they shutter the Twin? I want to say 1984 or so if memory serves. I am sure it was diminished/diluted by the opening of the nearby AMC Loehmann’s 8 in 1982.

eapfan69 on August 7, 2014 at 6:07 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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

tzwicky on May 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

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.

jdoc001 on May 17, 2013 at 4:06 am

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

rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

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

The lovely Mary Colehower, I think, closed it.

Ripshin on August 18, 2011 at 3:35 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

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

Ripshin on July 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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

Ripshin on July 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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).

sporridge on June 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm

On further address research, the furniture store still stands:

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“Located in an old movie theatre, the architecture is as interesting as the furniture.” Scan Design seems to appreciate their home more than the City of Miami appreciates the Gusman right now.

Sometime in the 1980s, there was an attempt to refit the Sunny Isles as a twin Cinema & Drafthouse. Renderings appeared in the local press, but it never happened.

Ripshin on June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Better view than the mapping that I mentioned in March of 2009 – Google, at the time, only had a street view, I think.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Great ad Mike Rivest,could look at them all night.Thanks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

If you type in a current address,

3025 Sunny Isles Boulevard, 33160

You can actually see the twin auditoria and round lobby incorporated into the existing mall on this Bing map.

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rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

December 16, 1966 grand opening ad can be found at the Miami Public Library in the microfilm collection or one click of your mouse below View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm

This theatre operated from 1966 to 1984.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Articles on the Sunny Isles opening:

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Ripshin on March 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I’ll Google Map it with a street view. I’m curious if it’s the same structure. Yep, it’s ScanDesign – the building is still very distinct. AA let me know that I saw the roadshow of “Chitty” there, and not 163rd Street, in 1968. I remember the place seeming so exotic to a six year-old. If only theaters could, these days, put a little bit of the whimsy back into their structures.

spiderman2000s on May 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm

My parents finally confessed to us (my sister and I) a couple of years ago, that after we zonked out, they would sneaked out the house and go to this theatre. They saw James Bond’s Moonraker in the seventies. I never had the chance to go to this theatre but on the way to the beach, I loved the outside architecture and sign. Sign is similar to the one at The Mall at 163rd in North Miami Beach but smaller. Anyone have a picture of this theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 3, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I made a mistake on the intro to this theatre. The opening film was “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, not “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

awe4one on December 21, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Loved the midnight movies here…