Movie City

1201 West Oakland Park Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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Eight-screen facility opened December 14, 1979, carved out of a short-lived department store (Grant City, an enlarged W.T. Grants, closed along with the rest of the company in the early-1970’s).

Presumed reason for the "10": when first opened, 10 movies would be showing (with piggybacked bookings on two screens). All auditoriums were equally smallish, without center aisles (promoted as "unobstructed viewing"), but they did bring the likes of "The Marriage of Maria Braun" and other subtitled fare when no one else did so in Broward County.

Eventually leased out by then-fledgling Muvico Theatres, Movie City closed by the mid-1990’s, since demolished and replaced by a Lowe’s Home Improvement warehouse.

Contributed by Steve Menke (sporridge)

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RRF on July 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

I did the install of the projection and sound equipment and front end screens done by Arne Jakobsen. All auditoriums had mono sound / Cinemeccanica V-5 projectors and Xetron consoles. Kelmar hard wired interlock system to allow any room to share a print. We where limited by roof height and existing support pillars for room size. On opening day the fire marshal ordered that 100 seats be removed which the owner illegally added….some where later installed in the lobby for people waiting to go in. The owner was from New Jersey and had done some other sites using re-cycled buildings.

markp on July 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

Yes he was. Ed Grant, who spit in the faces of union projectionists when they picketed in front of his theatres up here in New Jersey. I remember him well. Pure….well, I’m not gonna say it here.

rivest266 on March 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm

This opened on December 14th, 1979. Grand opening ad for this cinema in the photo section. Also uploaded a grand opening ad for the Movie City in Woodbridge NJ. Same ad design.

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