North Miami Theatre

12615 W. Dixie Highway,
North Miami, FL 33161

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rivest266 on January 29, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Reopened on November 6th, 1970 as the Southland Cinema. Admission: $1. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on January 26, 2020 at 12:19 pm

The North Miami theatre opened on May 5th, 1949 with “3 Godfathers” with John Wayne. Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on May 6, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Relaunch shown here on February 21, 1963 as the North Miami Theatre to the plans by E. Abraben & Associates firm with “A Girl Named Tamiko.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

It started showing movies in May 1949 and was operated by E. Bramscombe, who owned the Coral Way Auto Drive-In. The opening night was sponsored by the Optimists Club. Was it a live theatre before then? The awkward location of the projection booth suggests that it was.

remkoolhaas on January 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Does Anybody know the date it was constructed?

kenya on November 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

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

mmarovitch on June 10, 2012 at 3:41 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It was the Southland in 1972.

mmarovitch on June 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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.

webpilot1 on July 27, 2011 at 3:59 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.

jeffsfonts on March 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 24, 2010 at 8:26 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 24, 2010 at 12:28 am

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 January 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Operating in 1969 as the Under-Ground.

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Thanks to Mike Rivest for finding the Miami News online.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 1, 2009 at 11:08 am

You are welcome, Harvey.

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

Harvey on July 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

I’ve been out of the loop for a bit but WOW! This is all new North Miami stuff that wasn’t on that site when I linked the theatre to it.

Thanks, Al! As usual, you rule!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm

1962 ad for the remodeled North Miami.

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Harvey on March 30, 2009 at 3:17 am

If you go to Google Maps, type in 12662 West Dixie Highway, then click on street view and spin the image around, there you have The North Miami/Southland/MiamiWay Theater.

Harvey on March 23, 2009 at 1:53 am

Well, shoot. That’s a dead link. I don’t know what happened to that site on North Miami history but it looks like a goner. I even tried the Wayback Machine on and couldn’t find it. I can’t believe I didn’t save the picture either!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I can’t get that like to work, Harvey.

Here is a new link to the August 14, 2007 photo.

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Harvey on March 25, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Apparently, if this website is correct, the City of North Miami is going to buy the theatre and re-open it for the community. Meaning no movies, just plays and other crap.

But if they let it exist, I’ll take it. There’s also a picture from 1954 here.

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awe4one on December 21, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Southland Theater was my home away from home from the late-70s to early 80s. Used to go there nearly every week. $1 for a double feature…you couldn’t beat it. Saw more bad slasher films after Halloween came out (saw it there as well) than I care to admit. What was even better was the owner didn’t card for R movies so parents needn’t know what movies their kid was seeing.

Must have seen 100s of movies there. Superman, Phase IV, Boogey Man, Saturday Night Fever, Hard Times, Great Waldo Pepper, All the President’s Men, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Porky’s, Demolition Alley…hell I could go on for a couple pages.

Wonderful theater and miss it greatly…

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 14, 2007 at 4:06 pm

There are no pictures available, as of today.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 14, 2007 at 1:48 pm

The North Miami circa 1958.

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pierdaawg on August 26, 2006 at 8:55 pm

I went there as a small child when it was a neighborhood movie theater. Admission was $.14. First movie I saw there was original War of the Worlds. I’m surprise it is stil there.