170th Street Cinema

17050 Collins Avenue,
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

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rivest266 on September 21, 2017 at 4:31 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

aeterna on September 2, 2017 at 1:47 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.


aeterna on September 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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

aeterna on August 8, 2016 at 7:58 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.


aeterna on December 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

great pictures.love the road marquee.

sporridge on January 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

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

sporridge on January 17, 2010 at 12:04 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.

rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

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

rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

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

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

That was in late December, 1994.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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

sporridge on October 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

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


sporridge on October 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Tying into a comment I made on the Palm Aire Plaza page, the Sunny Isles Beach may have been the theatre that caught fire on reopening weekend, never to recover. It may have been refitted with four or even five screens. I’ll have to sit down with the Miami Herald microfilm at the library sometime and try to find details…

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 3:35 am

1985 photo of the 170th Street here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm

This theatre opened in 1958. After closing in 1993, the 170th Street was briefly re-opened in 1994 as the Sunny Isles Beach twin.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 17, 2008 at 6:45 am

Here is another link to that marquee photo. Notice the apostrophe version of “LOEW’S”.

View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 14, 2007 at 10:32 am

The LOEWS 170th Street Theatre marquee.

View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 8, 2006 at 6:33 am

One slight correction to the excellent post above. The General Cinema take over of Loews did not include the 167th Street Twin nor Bay Harbor, as those leases had a partner. The 163rd Street was a Wometco house at the time.

MrGC on July 27, 2006 at 6:10 pm

The 170th Street Cinema was originally constructed and operated by Loews Theatres. This theater was built across the street from the ocean in an almost Hollywood setting. Unfortunately the construction was done as if this theatre was being constructed in a northern location.
Instead of building the theatre up with the auditorium going down to ground level it was built at ground level with the auditorium being dug down. This caused many problems in the Miami Beach location. The water table was higher than the depth of the auditorium. To prevent flooding during the time the water table was at normal or high levels a sump pump system had to be built into the final faze of construction.
This theatre was later purchased by General Cinema Corporation as it purchased all of the Loews theatres in the Florida area. Only one Loews theatre failed to transfer to General Cinema Corporation that being the Loews 163rd Street Theatre.
At the time of the sale multiplex cinemas were fast becoming the only way to stay in business. General Cinema made plans to convert this theatre into a multiplex theatre to be able to continue selling tickets and showing movies at this location. This theatre closed its doors as a single auditorium operation at its end of the run of JAWS. This movie had such an impact the hotels across the street were advertising “Shark Free Pools”
Approximately two months later this theatre reopened as a “twin” operation. One of the two movies was “Rooster Cogburn” staring John Wayne. The process of creating two auditoriums did change the look of the auditoriums but did allow the company to operate as a money making operation for many more years. With the twinning of this theatre it allowed many more opportunities to enjoy great movies at this unique theatre.

spiderman2000s on April 15, 2006 at 7:06 am

Excellent site. Back in the late 70’s, I remember my Aunt took my sister and I to see Paul McCartney concert film “Wings Across America” in 70mm Dolby Sound at this theatre. Never will forget it.