Suniland Triple

11975 South Dixie Highway,
South Miami, FL

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The Suniland was a single house with a completely new second screen, lobby and concession stand added later. A further third screen was later carved out of the main theatre. It showed mostly Warner Brothers, United Artists and Disney product for most of it’s existence as ABC Florida State Theatres were prone to do in South Florida.

John Huddy, then movie critic for The Miami Herald, had a personal vendetta against the place and often trashed it while reviewing movies.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

sporridge on July 27, 2008 at 6:19 pm

The last of Miami’s Florida State venues (Plitt by then) to close by the mid/late 80s, think a Luria’s (a Miami-based jewelry/luxury gift store chain) took the Suniland’s place. Luria’s itself went out of business in the 1990s.

bubba on February 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm


I managed the Suniland for a few years back in the early 80’s. I remember it well.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Oh my god! Is the Diane Walker I think it is?

bubba on February 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Yes it is. I'v been trying to get a hold of you forever.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2009 at 9:06 pm

The original single-screen Suniland Theatre was designed by architect Robert E. Collins, according to an item in the September 30, 1963, issue of Boxoffice Magazine which announced that construction had begun on the project.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

Rick Comer was manager June 3 1983.

rickcomer on July 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Yes I was at the Suniland in June of 1983. I actually started there in August of 1982. The theatre was playing AC/DC Let There Be Rock with the enhanced sound system, ET and we opened Fast Times At Ridgemont High my first week. We also were running “Shock Treatment” as a Miami area exclusive late show, what a dog. We were contracted to play it 12 weeks and by the third week we had maybe 10 people each night attend. Mike, do we know each other?

Ripshin on February 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I have no memory of this theater when I was a kid. I just Google mapped it, and see a strip center. I wonder if the shell is part of any of the buildings?

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