Lauderhill Theatre

1225 N.W. 40th Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313

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Loew’s was so proud of this newly opened theatre that they featured it in the company’s 1967 annual report.

The report includes an artist’s rendering of the theatre, captioned “Loew’s new Lauderhill Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is an integral part of the colorful Lauderhill Shopping Mall and attracts patronage from all of Broward and northern Dade Counties in Florida”.

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evmovieguy on July 7, 2005 at 5:27 am

Ron Newman-

South Florida: Ft.Lauderdale, Miami, Lauderhill, etc. has absolutely no hills or valleys. With the exception of the beaches South Florida has some of the most boring terrain humans have ever laid eyes on. Flat, overgrown, boring..yuck. To me it always looked like a big, dirty shag carpet.

Oh wait! There is one huge hill…a landfill, a mountain of trash, that’s visible from the Turnpike somewhere around Boca Raton(?). If you want to see a hill in S. Florida you can find it there, just hold your nose. But hey, the beaches can’t be beat and regardless of the lame terrain, I think at this point I would prefer living there in January instead of the Northeast any-day-of-the-week.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 8, 2005 at 2:59 am

If you’re curious to see more Loew’s annual reports, I have compiled links to all of them from 1965 to 1985 inclusive. Loews Corporation sold off the theatre division in 1985 and then became primarily a tobacco and hotel company.

List of Loew’s annual reports, from

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2005 at 9:41 am

The Lauderhill was down the street from the “16th Street Lauderhill”, both operated by GCC after Loews sold them several Florida sites.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm

The address was 1225 N.W. 40th Avenue

sporridge on February 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

IIRC, Loew’s Lauderhill opened in 1967 with a long run of “The Dirty Dozen.” The theatre stood at the south end of Lauderhill Mall, bordered by a supermarket and a department store. The Loew’s 2 (later 16th Street Cinema), based in a smaller shopping center directly north of Lauderhill Mall, made its debut in 1971 with “The Last Picture Show.” Think GCC took over the Loew’s sites in 1973. By the time I finally visited for local exclusives of “Tommy” and “The Sunshine Boys,” it was an interchangeable GCC 1970s twin job. GCC ran it as a subrun dollar house after their newer Broward Mall fourplex opened, then turned it loose to local independent operators. Office space took over after closing.

Coate on February 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

<<< I’m pretty sure I saw ‘Star Wars’ there in 1977. I had seen it a couple of times in one or two different theaters in the area and I distinctly remember seeing it there. >>>

You did not see “Star Wars” in 1977 at Loew’s Lauderhill. The first-run engagements in Broward County were at…

Dania — Hi-Way Airport 9-Plex Drive-In
Fort Lauderdale — Sunrise I-II-III
Hollywood — Cine I & II
Lauderhill — Inverrary Triplex
Margate — Lake Shore 4-Plex Drive-In
Pompano Beach — Highway Drive-In

Perhaps you saw “Star Wars” here during a second-run or re-issue engagement.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

This should be listed as the Lauderhill and not Loews Lauderhill as it was only a Loews theatre for five years before it was sold to GCC.

It was located in the city of Lauderhill, not Fort Lauderdale, and it was already a GCC house when they opened the 16th Street Lauderhill location nearby.

sporridge on April 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

Al, it may have only been a year or little more, but Loews still managed the Lauderhill when the second screen opened. The one on 16th Street was originally named “Loews 2,” albeit briefly.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

S Porridge, I checked The Miami News for April 1972 it appears that the second Lauderhill opened the same week as the transfer from Loews to GCC. I suspect it took a while to change all the signs but I don’t think there was ever a case where each company ran one of the sites. The 16th Street Lauderhill opened as the Lauderhill II.

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