North Miami Theatre

12615 W. Dixie Highway,
North Miami, FL 33161

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Marquee of Former North Miami Theatre

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A self standing theatre, this location may have started out as a playhouse since it’s awkwardly uncentered projection booth seemed like an afterthought. The North Miami Theatre is listed as open in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

A discount house in it’s latter days, the North Miami Theatre had an extended run of “I Am Curious (Yellow)” in the late-1960’s which was still a hit even though the Miami Herald refused to accept the ads.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 1, 2009 at 8:08 am

You are welcome, Harvey.

As you probably already know, a search for NORTH MIAMI THEATRE will yield two photos.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

Operating in 1969 as the Under-Ground.

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Thanks to Mike Rivest for finding the Miami News online.

jeffsfonts on March 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Even though the City of North Miami never did acquire the theater from Phillip Michael Thomas, I disagree with Harvey. Stage plays “and other crap” are still a better thing than having an empty building, which it’s been for years.

As far as I know, it’s always been a movie theater. Perhaps the intent was to have stage plays, but that never happened. In it’s early years, there were two retail storefronts to the left and right of the box office/entrance.

If I recall from an old photo, one was a TV-Radio repair and the other was “Camerucci the Tailor” (in the 1950’s)…

Amazingly, this was the ONLY theater in North Miami until the 1980’s, when a dollar theater was constructed inside the former St. Clair’s/Polly Davis/David’s Cafeteria in the 127th Street Shopping Center on Biscayne Blvd. It didn’t last.

Neither did the budget movie house built by Jack Knapp behind his West Dixie Lanes (formerly Interama/Pinerama Lanes) on West Dixie Hwy. near 159th Street in North Miami Beach.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 24, 2010 at 5:26 am

Jeff, the two theatres you mention are the Biscayne Twin and the Holiday. The Holiday was a successful dollar house for many years.

jeffsfonts on March 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Al… thanks for jogging my memory… those two names escaped me!

webpilot1 on July 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Even though the sign says “Miami Way” and now it’s referred to as the"North Miami,“ this theater will always be the "Southland” Theater to me as it was for so long during my youth. I was 6 years old in 1958 and attended often, probably from then to 1968. The best memories of it were after Actor Phillip Michael Thomas took it over while “Miami Vice” was shooting in the early 80’s. Mr. Thomas has a big heart and helped a lot of fellow thespians to pursue their dreams on the stage with this facility.

mmarovitch on June 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

the theater pictured is located at 12615 Dixe Highway, Sixth ave is a good block away. I remeber seeing the last picture show here in 1972. I would like to know the correct name of the theater at that time if anyone knows.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

It was the Southland in 1972.

mmarovitch on June 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for that answer, Next question can we get the address corected? with the error in address it makes it look like there is another theater a block away.

kenya on November 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

I remember going to this theater with my cousin and sister to watch Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

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