170th Street Cinema

17050 Collins Avenue,
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

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This rather simple Loew’s house opened in 1958. It survived a criminal GCC twinning in the 1970’s by stumbling onto bookings of “Jaws” and “Star Wars” in a very competitive zone.

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 18 comments)

sporridge on October 10, 2009 at 2:57 am

Based on a Google address match, the former theatre space is now Miami Beach Fitness:


Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 10, 2009 at 3:54 am

The Herald timeclock in 1994 listed it as the Sunvista Sunny Isles Beach Cinema, closed due to fire.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 10, 2009 at 3:56 am

That was in late December, 1994.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 11, 2009 at 3:41 am

This theatre is now located in the city of Sunny Isles Beach, no longer part of Miami Beach.

rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Preopening ad (pan back a page) August 3rd, 1958 View link

Four pages of ads from August 6th starting at View link

rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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

sporridge on January 17, 2010 at 8:04 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 on January 17, 2010 at 8:07 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 8, 2011 at 2:36 am

great pictures.love the road marquee.

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