Loew's Konover Theatre

5445 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Konover Theater from a Hotel Konover brochure

The Loew’s Konover Theatre, inside the Konover Hotel, was an experiment in turning a Miami Beach hotel cabaret into a luxury cinema featuring valet parking, bartender service from your seat and upscale snacks. It opened on Christmas Day 1975 with "The Man Who Would Be King".

That spring it hosted a special free screening of Scorcese’s "Taxi Driver" to a group of dumbfounded local cab drivers. By Christmas, 1976 it was once again a cabaret.

Today the Konover Hotel is home to the troubled Castle Beach Club Hotel and Condominium.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

sporridge on February 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Screening “Taxi Driver” to cab drivers is reminiscent of the time the Miami Film Festival premiered “My Beautiful Laundrette”… sponsored by Maytag. The Lonely Repairman might have been in for a surprise…

TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

TAXI DRIVER for cab drivers what a comcept.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Should have thought of that when we played"BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS" at Regency Mall,by that time that part of Augusta was noted for all the bad things.

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Marcus Loew was born on tis date in 1870. 141 years ago.

aeterna on January 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

This was originally a Hilton and later became the Playboy Plaza. Jackie Gleason purportedly helped in the design of the theater when it opened in ‘67 and subsequently Maurice Revitz and Loews plunked down close to a million for its renovation.

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