Omni 10

1601 Biscayne Boulevard,
Miami, FL 33132

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The first major mutiplex in Miami, the Omni Sixplex opened in March 1977 inside the Omni Mall with automated projection and manager operators.

A second four screen site was opened across the mall with the top canopy of the merry-go-round from the lower floor separating the entrances. The two theatres were eventually advertised as Omni Ten and were operated by AMC Theatres. Although the fourplex was newer, had the largest screens and better seats, audiences always preferred the older six plex.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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EdOmni
EdOmni on December 5, 2008 at 4:06 am

Wow, I LOVED reading all your comments/stories. My childhood memories of the Omni are very similar to all of yours (especially yours Carlos!)… lol, I had to beg my mother to take me there on weekends. B.t.w I’m so sorry about your loss.

I always loved the magical feeling the Omni had everytime I visitied. I fondly remember the AMC theatres, which was the 10-screen by the time I started going there. I remember the strong smell of butter popcorn when strolling along the upper-mall level near the elevators next to the Omni 6 side; Omni 4 was on the opposite side and I remember the “bridge” walkway you could walk on to get to either theatre (the bridge was next to the big window) and went from left to right. The top of the carousel was between both theatres, as the original post indicated.

God I miss that place! Omni will always be my favorite establishment, ever. Sadly, It doesn’t feel the same anymore when I drive by it. The “magic” is definitely gone. That place entertained a lot of people and was so unique… it’s a shame it got so bad and then closed. Well, long-live the special memories of Omni… I reflect on these memories all the time and will never forget them.

Edward Corser

MovieBuff76
MovieBuff76 on January 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Great to read everybody’s comments and memories on The Omni. I grew up going there with my parents in the early 1980’s and all I have is good feelings when I think back to those days. Does anyone have any pictures of the old Omni mall? Would love to see some. I believe I have some of the carousel. Please contact me if you have any old videos or pictures of the Omni Mall.

EdOmni
EdOmni on January 14, 2009 at 11:12 pm

YES, please contact me as well and I’d love to see one of those pamphlets that has a map of the mall and list of stores at the time… That would be super!

Edward :o)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 3, 2009 at 5:12 am

The additional four screens opened in 1985.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2010 at 1:31 am

March 23rd, 1977 ad (Below the Molson Canadian Ad) View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Any photos anyone?

MovieBuff76
MovieBuff76 on June 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Pictures please!

BlackHole
BlackHole on January 2, 2011 at 2:11 am

Visited Miami in 1978 and the Omni mall was my first experience of a shopping mall. Loved the gadget shop in there (selling the Simon toy at the time).

I saw 8 movies in Miami during my stay that summer, and I’m still piecing together which screens they were at. Here’s my recollections, including some local print ads…
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Including one for the Omni 6…
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rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

March 23rd, 1977 grand opening ad has been posted here.

aeterna
aeterna on January 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Omni 6 reached its heyday in the early 80s. Due to changing demographics and the opening of newer and nicer malls the theater declined in the mid 1980s. It also had issues with truancy and fights as the Time Machine arcade was located right next to it. The additional four screens staved off the inevitable but it eventually closed in the late 90s as the Omni was practically a ghost mall by that point. A photo of the concession counter in the 80s is included below:

http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/image/145601048

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