Boca Raton Theatre

2140 North Federal Highway,
Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Wometco continued to reach out to new suburban South Florida audiences with the Boca Raton Theatre, which was open from 1964 to 1984. It was located on U.S. 1 at 20th Street/Fifth Avenue Shops.

A single-screen facility for its first decade, twinning took place around the time AMC opened its Boca Mall 6 a mile south. Only used for a Halloween haunted house attraction once Wometco withdrew, the theatre was demolished in 1985 to allow expansion of the neighboring McDonalds.

Contributed by sporridge

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sporridge
sporridge on December 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Mike, noticed you left comment under Deerfield Beach’s Gold Coast Drive-In — that’s the one you’re thinking of with the “Mini Theatres.” GCD-I and the BRT were approximately five miles apart along U.S. 1. Competitors by the 1970s would’ve been the Ultravision a few blocks north of GCD-I, and AMC Boca Mall 6 a mile south of BRT, also on U.S. 1. All gone by the late 80s, only the Boca Mall had a subsequent replacement, Mizner Park.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I would loved to have seen the theatres under screen.maybe someone will find a picture.thanks,S Porridge.

sporridge
sporridge on June 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Regarding the street view (nice addition, CT!): The BRT was behind the McDonald’s displayed above, its former space now occupied by a drive-thru lane and additional parking.

Curtains
Curtains on June 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

What I’m curious about is, when this place was “twinned” was it just divided in two or was an annex added to the building? Because I remember the post-twinning theaters as being rather large – bigger than the Boca Mall 6’s theaters I’d guess. So if the two theaters were originally one that one would’ve been huge. Does anyone remember the layout of the interior?

THE STING played this theater for almost six months, from Christmas of 1973 to June 1974. E.T. played here for exactly six months, from June to December 1982.

sporridge
sporridge on June 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Curtains: As with other 70s twin theatre conversions in the area (Pompano Cinema, Boynton Cinema), Wometco built a wall down the middle of the original BRT to achieve twinning. Each twin was indeed larger and deeper than the Boca Mall 6’s shoebox style, but the reduction of screen space was a definite loss.

There wasn’t much to the interior — Wometco had stopped doing its architectural flourishes by then. It was your basic rectangle with (IIRC) red wall treatments (after twinning, one side was redone in aqua, also IIRC). The box office/lobby/concession area was a long corridor, running along the adjoining restaurant space (eventually McDonald’s).

While searching Google News' archives, found an item from The Boca Raton News (defunct) about an early 70s proposal to relocate the BRT to a smaller space within the Fifth Avenue Shops.

Curtains
Curtains on June 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I remember the red curtains. I don’t think they were ever cleaned because by the early ‘80s they lent a characteristic funky smell to the theater. I also recall that till the end there was a 1960s vintage vending machine that dispensed grape soda or whatever into a paper cup. A couple of my high school friends were employed there at the very end, and I remember they were very sad it was closing. In fact I think they attempted to start a campaign to keep it open. Despite its quaintness it was a fairly charming theater.

sporridge
sporridge on June 13, 2011 at 12:35 am

There was also a time when, as with other Wometco locations, you received a token for admission and entered via turnstiles (making one usher redundant). Think they did eventually revive paper tickets toward the end. Some friends couldn’t set foot there due to that “funky smell,” they suspected mold in the wall treatments and curtains.

Curtains
Curtains on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Opening Day: May 27, 1964 – FLIPPER’S NEW ADVENTURE

First day as a twin theater: June 25, 1976 – THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA with PETER PAN / THE HORSE WITH THE FLYING TAIL

Last day: August 16, 1984 – REVENGE OF THE NERDS / THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT

Snook
Snook on March 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

It was a really big deal when The Sting ran there for so long. I remember The Boca Raton News having an editorial about it. Very common for films to run at sites for a long time, 40-something weeks was special. I remember Serpico and Billie Jack being at Deerfield Drive Inn every week for a couple months in this period. We memorized them.

Curtains
Curtains on March 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I write a blog in which I watch every single movie shown at the Boca Raton Theatre:

http://bocaratontheatreproject.tumblr.com/

(Note: the thumbnail picture is not of the theater, but of the Sabal Point condominium, which was constructed during the first year the theater was open. I haven’t been able to find a photo of the theater.)

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