170th Street Cinema

17050 Collins Avenue,
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

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170th street cinema aerial view

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This rather simple Loew’s house opened August 6, 1958 with Brigitte Bardot in “La Parisienne”. It survived a criminal GCC twinning in the 1970’s by stumbling onto bookings of “Jaws” and “Star Wars” in a very competitive zone. It later became a four screen theatre and finally had six screens.

Minutes away fom Rascal House and the Wreck Room of the Castaways Hotel, this theatre was located on a strip mall in the heart of one of Miami Beach’s gloriously tacky stretches.

It was closed in December 1994, due to a fire.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I put all the ads for this theatre together at View link

sporridge
sporridge on January 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Thanks again, Mike. Between the 170th’s opening attraction and what was playing at the Mayfair and Sunset, looked like a great weekend for Brigitte Bardot fans.

sporridge
sporridge on January 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

In the end, the (very short lived) Sunny Isles Beach Cinema incarnation had SIX screens. Glad I didn’t see the results.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

great pictures.love the road marquee.

aeterna
aeterna on December 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Road marquee circa late 1974/early 1975 (click image for larger version)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/23949765@N04/6511037579

aeterna
aeterna on August 8, 2016 at 10:58 am

A shot of the 170th Road Marquee circa March 1989. This was a year or so before GCC exited. I recall it was quaded sometime in the 90s and for a very brief period it was a six-plex.

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/170th-street-cinema-miami-beach-florida-news-photo/527488050

aeterna
aeterna on September 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Added an aerial shot of the 170th. IIRC, GCC’s tenure was from 1972 to 1990.

aeterna
aeterna on September 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

A small blurb from the Sentinel about Sun Vista’s holdings in the Florida market. It seems they took ownership in 1993. I can’t recall who took it over post GCC.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1994-08-26/news/9408250299_1_theater-sun-vista-cinemas-movies

rivest266
rivest266 on September 21, 2017 at 7:31 pm

2010 links are now dead:
August 6th ads at

Found on Newspapers.com

Found on Newspapers.com

Found on Newspapers.com

Found on Newspapers.com

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