Northridge Cinema

957 East Commercial Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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Previously home to a card and gift shop at the Northridge Shopping Center, the tiny Old Tyme Movie House brought classic Hollywood movie revivals to Broward County in the mid-1970s. For many patrons, this was the first chance to see vintage films uncut and uninterrupted, from "Citizen Kane" to "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." After one last engagement of "Duck Soup" in spring 1978, Old Tyme Movie became Northridge Cinema, adopting a second-run discount-admission policy (with occasional special engagements such as "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and "The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization"). Closed by the late-1980s, a pizzeria took over the space, later demolished in a makeover of the surrounding shopping center.

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sporridge
sporridge on August 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Old Tyme Movie has my enduring thanks for making quite a few classics available that had eluded South Florida TV at the time, particularly the MGM Marx Bros. features, Fred Astaire’s non-Ginger Rogers musicals, and what remains the strangest double bill ever: “Easter Parade” and “Freaks.” TV ultimately had the upper hand, but Old Tyme’s effort is fondly remembered here.

Northridge Shopping Center played a bit part in Jerry Lewis' 1980 feature “Hardly Working” — the parking lot melee sequence was filmed there (with some fleeing rabbits meeting their unfortunate demises in Commercial Blvd./Dixie Hwy. traffic).

Harvey
Harvey on April 28, 2010 at 1:57 am

July 1976 Miami News article on the Old Tyme here.

sporridge
sporridge on July 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Harvey, thanks for that discovery! I remember many a time when every seat was filled in that tiny space. Shame that Old Tyme’s popularity didn’t last beyond two years, but it held on for most of a decade as the Northridge.

If anyone from CT sees this: the seat count was 189. Thanks.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on June 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I lived in the area during the 80s, and I don’t remember this theater. When you say tiny, how tiny is tiny? I used to frequent the Northridge Raw Bar nightly, and I never saw this theater, maybe it was the beer and I missed it!

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