Holiday Theatre

2116 N.E. 162nd Street,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

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Opened as a $1.00 house in 1971, this was an immediate hit with the senior citizens in the area. A purpose built box with little personality, it had lines all day long while local first-run theatres had sat empty with the same film.

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Harvey on March 23, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Miami Herald, The (FL) – January 7, 1988

Author: KATHY McCARTHY Herald Staff Writer

The Holiday Theater , facing a $45,750 fine for showing films like Nasty Habits and French Taboo, has closed the curtain on adult pictures and promises to return to 99-cent movies next month.

North Miami Beach code enforcement inspectors, who had been checking the movies weekly since a $250-per-day fine was imposed June 10, found the theater closed on Dec. 11.

A telephone recording and the marquee in front of the theater at 2110 NE 160th St. promise the return of 99-cent admission movies, which were shown until the operator switched to $6-per-ticket adult films last April.

Mitchell Knohl, president of R.D. Theatre Corp., which operates the Holiday and the Shores, Skylake and Atlas theaters, said he hopes to bring back the popular 99-cent movies in 30 to 60 days.

In June, the city’s Code Enforcement Board found the theater in violation of a 16-year-old zoning restriction that stipulated the theater never show X-rated movies.

The board ordered the theater’s operators to stop showing the films or pay a $250-per-day fine.

R.D. Theatre Corp., which has a lease to operate the Holiday, appealed the ruling in court, contending the theater was not in violation because the movies being shown were not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America’s voluntary code.

The court refused to stay the fine at a hearing last July. On Dec. 3, R.D Theatre dropped the appeal, Deputy City Attorney Cindy Lederman said.

The total fine amounts to $45,750, according to Community Development Director Harold Zombek. The fine is levied against R.D. Theatre and the property owner, Jack Knap, who also owns the West Dixie Bowling Lanes next door.

Knap had opposed the adult films but said at the time there was little he could do to stop his tenant from showing them. Knap refused to comment Monday, except to say he is taking legal action to force R.D. Theatre out of the Holiday.

Knohl said Tuesday the adult films were shown by an entity, whom he would not name, which subleased the theater from R.D. Theatre Corp.

“I took the theater back and I will clean it up and plan on doing some work inside,” Knohl said. “It will probably open in 30 to 60 days.”

Knohl said he is waiting for the village of Miami Shores to take over the Shores Theater, which now shows 99-cent films. Miami Shores has an option to buy the theater’s lease and hopes to renovate it into a cultural center and a home for the Ruth Foreman theater company.

“As soon as the Shores Theater closes, it will only help the Holiday situation,” Knohl said. “Before, the Shores, Skylake and Holiday all competed with each other.”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm

The address was 2116 N.E. 162nd street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

The Holiday went back to mainstream films after the porn incident in the article above and closed sometime in 1990.

Mbrown on July 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

Would anyone know if this company stayed in business after closing this particular theater? Did it possibly open under a different name?

aeterna on December 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

R.D. was possibly R.D. Goldberg Theater Corp. Which had some interests in movie houses dating back to the 40s and 50s. Perhaps the company name was contracted/modified sometime in the 60s or 70s.

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