Kendall Mall Twin

8851 SW 107th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33176

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This independent twin jumped the gun on all the major chains in recognizing Kendall as a prime growing South Florida community in 1971. Loews soon noticed the grosses and took over the site in 1974.
Since this section of Kendall is close to the University of Miami, the theatre thrived on student trade and offbeat films when major product was not available. College themed films like “The Paper Chase” and midnight movies ran for months after other locations had pulled them.

The theatre started to struggle when AMC’s Kendall Town and Country 10 took off in 1985. Loews walked away and it ran independent again until Wometco stepped in, even running it as the Sunset at Kendall Mall in 1986, an attempt to keep up the legacy of the Sunset, their recently closed historic arthouse nearby.
It did not work, and the Kendall Twin closed in 1988.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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guarina on May 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I’m not sure if this is where I saw “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” with Richard Dreyfuss in 1977. There was a looong line.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Most probably the Dadeland Twin.

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