O Cinema Miami Beach
500 71st Street,
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Architects: A. Herbert Mathes
Previous Names: Byron-Carlyle Twin Theatre, Byron-Carlyle Theatre
The Byron-Carlyle Twin Theatre opened December 18, 1968, with 590 seats in the Byron auditorium and 993 seats in the Carlyle auditorium. The opening film was the World Premiere presentation of “Skidoo”, attended by Jackie Gleason, Tiny Tim and Otto Preminger. It was tripled on October 19, 1979. On December 25, 1986 it became a 7-screen theatre. In the early-1990’s it was taken over by Cobb Theatres and later in the 1990’s it was taken over by Regal. It was closed in 2002 and acquired by the City of Miami Beach.
Today, the renovated theatre functions as a playhouse. It is using a single auditorium which seats a total of 304 (152 in the orchestra and 138 in the mezzanine) obviously using just one of the former screens. From 2001 when it was purchased by the City of Miami Beach and until 2011 it became a live theatre. It then became a playhouse for the Broward Theatre Company.
It was taken over by O Cinema in 2014. It closed in late-2019.
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