21st Street Twin

2039 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Located across the street from the Public Library. The Fine Arts Theatre was opened on June 13, 1963 with Franciose Arnoul in “Tales of Paris” & Buddy Hackett in “The Shoes”. On December 21, 1969 it was renamed 21st Street Theatre and went over to screening adult movies, the first program was “Head Mistress” & “BRICK Doll House”. In 1970 it briefly went first run screening Jack Palance & Omar Sharif in “Che!” after the local chains would not touch the film for fear of retribution from the politically charged Cuban community.

On May 23, 1973 it was twinned and screened gay adult male movies in screen 1 and straight adult movies in screen 2. This non-descript porn outlet operated for years with one admission for both screens. Wolfies was (is?) across the street.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm

This opened as the Fine Arts in 1963 with Jewish Vaudeville and a movie. It slowly moved to burlesque and soft-core porn films and was the 21st Street theatre by 1969.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 26, 2008 at 12:04 am

That must have been a hostile crowd for Che!. In the real Che’s native Argentina, audience members would throw motolov cocktails at the screen from their disgust of the film.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

The actual address was 2039 Collins Avenue.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 27, 2020 at 5:03 pm

The Fine Arts theatre at 2039 Collins opened on June 13th, 1963 with “Tales of Paris” and “The Shoes” with Buddy Hackett. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

This reopened as the 21st Street theatre on December 21st, 1969 with an adult double bill. Grand opening ad uploaded.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Reopened as a twin cinema on May 23rd, 1973 with a male program on no. 1 and female and male on no. 2. Grand opening ad posted.

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