Cineluxe Theater

850 Ives Dairy Road,
North Miami, FL 33179

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This was once the flagship theater for Movico when it opened in 1986. It was designed with a ‘space’ theme, with the employees all wearing “Star Trek” type suites. There were neon stars in the lobby ceiling and ‘smoke’ coming out of portholes.

It was the first theater in Florida to feature stadium seating. It also has all THX compatable sound systems, some which have been replaced by DTS. Theater One has the best sound I have ever heard in any none-IMAX theater, and has a huge screen.

Unfortunately, the area became inflicted with poverty and a high crime rate. It is still open in September 2009, for $6.00 a ticket showing first run films. From December 2010, an independent operator took over and it is now operated as a second run theatre.

Contributed by Dave Bonan, dee

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

sporridge on August 31, 2008 at 1:54 am

In its original Muvico days, a plaque in the California Club’s lobby explained the theater was a spaceship from the future that fell into a time warp (or the like, don’t remember the exact phrasing), and conveniently crash landed without destroying the K-Mart or Winn-Dixie in the same shopping center at the time. A burst of imagination when most new multiplexes were bland boxes, and CC’s location near the Dade/Broward line lured frequent visitors from points north and south (especially when a new Star Trek sequel opened).

Its original seating had the look of chairs installed during one of the Starship Enterprise’s refurbs; speakers were set up right at the screen surfaces (or lit for such effect), adding to the extraterrestrial ambience. Appropriate for the first film I saw there, Cronenberg’s “The Fly.”

Heard there was a nicely appointed screening room apart from the six main auditoriums, never saw it for myself. One auditorium was set up with stadium seating years before the megaplex phenom hit the U.S.

sporridge on September 24, 2009 at 4:29 am

Sad to hear about the California Club’s imminent closing. It was certainly a test lab for many of the creature comforts now expected of megaplexes. Add it to the ever-lengthening list of South Florida cinemas not surviving past a couple decades.

(And the Ocean Cinemas link has expired)

DennisBenjamin on January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I managed this location for Regal Cinemas in 1997. It was one the most well built 6 screen locations I ever managed. Auditorium 3 had stadium seating and was the screening room for the Miami Herald’s critic during the time I was there (a majority of the films Rene watched in this theatre anyway). It sure was a nice theatre (once). When I ran it, it had a lot of problems that the Mall was having. I also opened “Titanic” at this location. When I was there all the auditoriums were THX certifed and sounded great.

sporridge on January 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Dennis, does that mean there wasn’t a seventh room for private showings after all? Enjoyed the advance screenings I attended in auditorium 3 myself, when I was in the (home video) industry. I knew of the amphitheater style at the time thanks to Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre — how few of us could predict it would become standard by the late 90s.

sporridge on January 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

As of January 22, California Club’s still open with three new wide release movies. Perhaps they’re riding it out until “Avatar” runs out of steam.

TLSLOEWS on March 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Thats possible,maybe they can keep going.

sporridge on December 21, 2010 at 2:40 am

As of 12/10, operating as a second-run bargain house by Touchstar Cinemas:

cvolosin on May 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

if you google this location it is showing first run features. This theater is branded under the company CINELUXE not to be confused with CINELUX.
There is only access by a facebook page I can’t find a webpage yet.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Name change to Cineluxe needed here.

rivest266 on December 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

No showtimes anywhere, closed down?

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