Ultravision Theatre

747 S. Federal Highway,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

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Opened in 1971, beautifully designed for acoustics, the Ultravision had round auditoria and large rocking chair seats. There were no center aisles so sight lines were unobstructed.

The two circular screens met with a circular lobby that made the place look like a cinema of the future. It became home to a multi-denominational church. It was demolished in February 2013.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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sporridge on February 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Demolition began on February 25 at the former Deerfield Ultra-Vision Twin. Retail space appears slated to follow.

sporridge on January 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Coming soon where the Ultra-Vision once stood: Aldi. Additional stores supposed to follow.

JFisk on January 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

I watched the Ultravision being built in the late sixties . The grand opening was a big affair , spot lights , a few movie stars , and guest were dressed to the 9’s ( formal attire ) . It was absolutly beautiful , one of the last big screen , big sound theatres . I worked there from 1974 to 1977 . It was a great experience . The midnight movies were off the chain . We had local bands play ,than a short ( like the three stooges ) and than the feature film ( my fav was Led Zepplins “ The Song Remains The Same ” ) . It was sad to see it torn down but the experience of seeing 100s of movies will be with me forever .

GSRPBS on January 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Does anyone remember the name of the manager of the Ultravision theatre around the late 1970s?

AlAlvarez on January 29, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Was he an older Cuban gentleman? Rafael Bellestre?

GSRPBS on January 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hi Al, it has been a while, it’s Ron, I hope all is well. Marvin and I were trying to remember his name, the first name was Raul. He was the one that everyone would ask you to translate what he was saying and you replied he speaks the same way in spanish.

How are things going for you, still in New York?

GSRPBS on January 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

Al, while you are at it, what was the old doorman’s name at the shores that also typed up the reports?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

The prototype UltraVison Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina, was developed by ABC-Paramount affiliate Wilby-Kincy and designed by architect William Bringhurst McGehee of the firm Six Associates. The Deerfield Beach UltraVision was based on McGehee’s original plans, as was Florida State Theatres first UltraVision house, the single screen Springs Theatre in Ocala, Florida, which was completed only a few months before the Deerfield Beach project.

A Boxoffice article about the Ocala project said that McGehee’s plans were adapted for Florida State Theatres by an architect named Bill Murphy, so it sems likely that he was also involved in the Deerfield Beach project. I haven’t been able to positively identify Murphy, but it’s possible that he was Bill Jackson Murphy, a founder of BMS Associates, a Columbus, Georgia, firm that, according to Murphy’s obituary designed numerous theaters for “…Martin Theaters, Fuqua, United Artists, Carmike Cinema and Southern Theaters….” in the southeast and Texas.

GSRPBS on January 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Raul Trellis, go figure, Marvin Got it.

AlAlvarez on January 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Hi Ron! Marvin is correct. Raul Trellis had a stroke or something that impeded his speech so he was hard to understand, even in Spanish. Gino typed at the Shores. He claimed to have been the former speaker of the Cuban congress under Batista. Both were great men. All is good here.

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