167th Street Twins

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

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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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

So this theatre opened as a LOEWS.

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…

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.

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!

adarnell on September 23, 2008 at 10:32 am

Figaros Pizza! they played 3 stooges movies and had a mighty mouse cartoon box! also, coney island hot dog across the street! big folks, little folks hair cut place that served popcorn with your haircut?! does anybody know where i can find pictures of the inside of the 163rd street mall from the 1980’s?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm

The address was 295 NE 167th street.

spiderman2000s on March 28, 2008 at 8:19 am

Remember getting there early, buying my ticket and go next door to the Spec’s record store. What memories! Also, just down the street my parents would take us to Figaro’s Pizza. Loved that place!

Harvey on March 24, 2008 at 1:11 am

Miami Herald, The (FL) – September 13, 1990

Author: OLYMPIA ROSS Herald Staff Writer

The name of the movie was Pump Up The Volume, but the staff at the 167thStreet Theatre in North Miami Beach turned down the sound, dimmed the lights and closed the door on the movie house for good Sunday night.

It was the last night the 22-year-old theater would show films. The other feature was Air America.

“ Twin theaters are almost like dinosaurs now,” said Michael Brown, president of Wometco Enterprises Inc., which owned the theater. “It’s very hard for them to compete with multiplex theaters.”

Brown said heavy competition and low profits contributed to the decision to close the theater.

On Monday, employees stacked the big red letters that once hung from the marquee on 167thStreet and Northeast Second Avenue. Today, the marquee is bare and a “For Sale” sign stands next to it.

“The value of the property along that strip is increasing,” said Brown. “Unfortunately, the property became more valuable for real estate than for a theater.”

A buyer has not been found for the property, which the county valued at $1.1 million in the 1990 property tax assessment. Brown is asking about $2 million.

The theater was among the few remaining twin -screen movie houses in Northeast Dade. Newer theaters have six, eight and even 10 screens.

One auditorium of the 167thStreet Theatre seated 800 people, and the other seated 400 people. Brown said the theater’s size wasn’t always an asset.

Multiplex theaters have more variety in selecting movies and, consequently, a greater chance of turning a profit, said Brown. For the last year, the theater has been operating “marginally,” he said.

Converting the theater into a multiplex theater was not an option because of inadequate parking.

Brown said Wometco decided to close the theater now because of low attendance expected in coming months. Traditionally, September, October and November are poor months for any theater, he said.

“There just wasn’t a lot we could do with a twin theater there,” said Brown. “The movie business is pretty tricky.”

awe4one on December 21, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Also showed Raider of the Lost Ark, Star Trek II, Black Stallion, Incredible Machine, and Superman II. Also was the first movie theater I saw a filmed local advertisement at before the movie started (1970s – WPLG News crew playing instruments).

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 23, 2007 at 1:36 am

Yes, the Wometco was at 163rd Street.

kencmcintyre on January 22, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Is the Wometco a different theater?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 31, 2006 at 7:14 am

The copy above should have mentioned that this was a Loews house from the period when the Westchester, 170th Street, Riviera, Bay Harbor, Lauderhill and, eventually the short-lived Konover, made the Loews name well known in South Florida.