AMC Bakery Centre 7 Theatres

5701 Sunset Drive,
South Miami, FL 33143

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David_Schneider on January 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm

The entrance to the AMC Bakery Centre 7 faced Red Road, approximately opposite to the intersection of Red Road and San Ignacio Avenue. (If you were to stand back then in front of what is now Shula’s 347 Grill or in the intersection and looked across Red Road, you would have seen the theater entrance.)

There was several feet of open tiled space between the sidewalk and the entrance that was slightly lower than the sidewalk. You’d go down maybe three steps then walk through the open space flanked by movie poster boxes on the angled side walls to reach the front doors.

The marquee was a tall sign on the corner of US-1 and Red Road, on the edge of what was the Bakery Center parking lot across Red Road from what is still Wendy’s. The former parking lot is now filled in by The Shops at Sunset Place.

I’ve heard there was a short lived cinema in the 1920’s facing US-1 perhaps where the US-1 entrance to the Shops at Sunset Place is now that did not survive the Great Depression and was called the Riviera before the later Riviera a couple blocks up the highway in Coral Gables. After this early Riviera closed the front was used for the Holsum Bakery Christmas displays. Later it and the bakery were demolished.