Hollywood Cinema

1710 Harrison Street,
Hollywood, FL 33020

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Hollywood Cinema, Hollywood, Florida - December 1974

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There was a Hollywood Theatre at this location as early as 1934. Seating was provided on a single level. In 1956, it was remodeled by the architectural firm Start & Moeller.

This may be same building that became the GCC Hollywood and closed in 1996 after a period as a discount independent and a shot at Bollywood. Does anyone know?

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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sporridge on September 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

CL Reece, thank you for the marvelous photos and recollections! Although I only visited once toward the end (GCC got my business at North Broward’s Pompano Cinema), I remember seeing the exteriors when my family drove through the area.

It appears some of the first comments were deleted during CT’s site conversion, so I’ll mention my one visit from c. 1995 again. The Hollywood Cinema was second run by then (I went to see “Powder”), and there was a five-minute wait halfway through for a reel change. A few remnants of the glorious past remained, especially the immense lobby and chandelier.

There were hopes that Hollywood Cinema would have new life with French films, catering to the Canadian/Quebecois winter population (the first played to packed houses for more than a month). After it closed, there were plans to convert the facility into a nightclub (the local press even showed renderings), in light of new activity to the west along Hollywood Boulevard.

Last time I was in the area (Art & Culture Center), I was panhandled even before I could step out of the car. Here’s hoping there may eventually be new life for the Hollywood Cinema.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

The Ritz was a separate location opened in 1937 and closed around 1953. There was also an Arcade theatre operating somewhere in Hollywood from 1937 to 1959.

TivFan on February 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

I have a postcard of “The Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida” which shows the Ritz Theatre located in the middle of the block. In the foreground, near the corner, is Lovett’s, and next door is a two-storey building which has a sign that reads “BOWLING”.

mmarovitch on December 31, 2013 at 10:06 am

I saw 2001 a space odyssey here in 1968. I think a saw a couple other films but don’t remember the titles. I remember it was nice looking inside

Pat R.
Pat R. on November 29, 2014 at 2:40 am

BTW, there were NOT 1000 seats! NO way!

Pat R.
Pat R. on November 29, 2014 at 2:44 am

Oh yeah! I STILL live right by Hollywood Country Club Golf Course near Young Circle! (Moved to this home in ‘74). Rode my bike to Hollywood Cinema and saw Murder on the Orient Express, Young Frankenstein, Death Race 2000, Bad News Bears, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (I think?), China Syndrome and tons more! On some weekends in afternoon they would show Pippi Longstocking films for the younger kids. LOVED this theater! They often left the rear exit unlocked. We snuck in many times for free!

Pat R.
Pat R. on November 29, 2014 at 2:51 am

On second thought, maybe around 1,000 seats. Sorry about the initial comment.

Pat R.
Pat R. on November 29, 2014 at 2:52 am

what was the theater at 441&Sheridan called???

Pat R.
Pat R. on December 2, 2014 at 12:51 am

YES, that was it! Loved that Place! THANK YOU!

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