167th Street Twins

295 NE 167th Street,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

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At one time the busiest theatre south of Washington DC, this twin ran the same film with staggered showtimes for most of it’s lifespan. In the mid-Seventies, it ran “Love Story”, “The Godfather”, “Paper Moon”, “The Last Picture Show”, “The Way We Were”, and “The Godfather Part II” and never seemed to be aware there was a product shortage. The main screen had over 700 seats making the second screen tiny by 1960’s standards, hence the booking policy.

This and the Bay Harbor had a co-owner hence they never became part of the General Cinema sale.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

adarnell on September 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Thanks AlAlvarez! I saw that one too…I wish I would of taken more pictures of back in the day! :) Who knew I’d be so nostalgic!

Harvey on September 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Actually in the film MAKING MR. RIGHT from 1987. They filmed inside the mall and you’re also able to see the front of the actual 163rd STREET theater from inside the garage looking out at the beginning of the mall scenes. The marquee reads THE PARENT TRAP.

While it may not be the greatest look at the mall, I think it may be the only cinematic document of how it existed circa the late 80’s other than local news.

awe4one on November 25, 2009 at 9:26 am

This is a different theater then the one in the movie. You’re thinking of the mall theater. This is the one that used to be across the street from Nathans(?) down the street. In the 80s it had a Coconuts Record store adacent to it in a mini-mall…

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

So this theatre opened as a LOEWS.

ChasSmith on October 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

Was there anything particularly unique about the design of this theater? I have only one memory of seeing anything there — “The Black Hole” in January 1980 (confirmed in the Miami News ads) — and in my mind’s eye there was something appealing about the interior…don’t ask me what…maybe nothing more than nice curtains or a particular color scheme.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

I seem to recall a really modern sleek design with curtain wall coverings all around that made the screen area almost disappear when the curtains were closed.

The seats and leg room were nothing special and paled next to the high back ‘rocking chairs’ and leg space at the Bay Harbor and Sunny Isles.

rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

The June 18th, 1969 grand opening ad has been uploaded here. I added the colours* after.

  • This is the proper spelling in Canada.
ChasSmith on October 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I take it those were the interiors; i.e., the curtains? Because I suspect the curtained wall coverings — especially if blue/green in theater #2 — might be what I’d remembered.

tzwicky on May 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I saw “Star Trek The Motion Picture” (the really awful one that was 50% sweeping wide pans of the miniature Enterprise … gack that film BLEW) in this massive theatre when it was the Loew’s back in 1979. It was on par with the large screen at the mall theatre (NE 12th Avenue), but it was a lot newer and was superior as a facility. Yeah, the curtain opened and closed, but a lot of them still did that back in the day. I have to go to London to find a giant screen with proper exhibitor habits these days.

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