O Cinema Miami Beach

500 71st Street,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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aeterna on July 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

Based on previous commentary, the chronology was Wometco->Theater Acquisitions Inc.–>Cobb->Regal. I think Theater Acquisitions tenure was relatively short and Cobb took over sometime around 1993 or so if memory serves. I would be surprised if these folks were leasing the property from Wometco. Either way, the last 8 to 9 years of its 1968-2002 history was not under the auspices of Wometco.

davidcoppock on May 10, 2018 at 8:44 am

Does the O in O Cinema stand for anything?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

Regal operated it when it was sold in 1999 and then closed in 2000. Wometco probably still owned the property.

aeterna on May 9, 2018 at 6:58 am

By the by, in the summary written up top, I don’t believe Wometco was the final owner before the city took over the property in the early 2000’s. I think Cobb owned it among others. Wometco sold the Byron at some point in the 1990’s.

aeterna on April 15, 2018 at 1:14 pm

CMB and O Cinema are squabbling over their 5 year agreement. Also, a shot of the new pink paintjob.


aeterna on September 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm

The color scheme has been changed on the marquee from the mustard orange hue seen in photos to a shocking pink within the last several weeks. It was originally a shade of blue when the marquee was redesigned in the 1990s.

aeterna on December 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

It ceased being a playhouse about a year or two back. O Cinemas took over last year and it is now a single screen venue. Sometime in the early 70s, it was split into three screens and then in 1986-1987 it became the Byron Carlyle 7. Does anyone have a photo of the marquee in the 70s or 80s? The “new” nautical marquee installed sometime in the 90s leaves something to be desired.

Mikeoaklandpark on February 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

So it isn’t used as a regional theater anymore.

zabler on February 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm

I recently visited this theatre (Feb 2015) I found it to be a very enjoyable experience. They actually sell beers along with the popcorn etc. The lobby is very clean as well as the bathrooms. The theatre has two levels, I went for the balcony and it was great. Not really the traditional balcony “way up there” but good. Seats were comfortable with plenty of legroom. The picture and the sound were very good. See the pictures I took outside (at night) and at the end of the picture.

OCINEMA on September 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

O CINEMA is bringing films back to this theater!

Read about it here: http://bit.ly/1uujVEE

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

December 18th, 1968 grand opening ad had been posted in the photo section.

CSWalczak on September 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

The Broward Stage Door Theater company (which operates in the former Holiday Springs movie theater in Coral Springs), has signed a five-year lease on this theater and will rename it the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre. Productions originating at its Coral Springs location will be remounted here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

Miami Beach is basically made up of reclaimed swamp land and dredging and pumping is often still needed during heavy rains. I worked at the Sunny Isles theatre which was built on stilts upon dredged up swamp land. Although the theatre never flooded, the parking lot was sinking and we sometimes had to removed crabs and walking catfish out of the auditoria before opening for the day.

sporridge on January 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

Sub-pumps probably became a standard feature of Dade’s shoreline theaters. See what “generalcinemainfo” has to say about the 170th Street:


DennisBenjamin on January 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

I ran this location in late 1997 early 1998 for Regal Cinemas. The theatre was in horrible shape. I remember there being sub-pumps in some of the auditoriums to drain the water when it rained.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

The smaller house having 70mm was not rare for Miami twins as this was the designed for roadshows and longer runs in order to capitalize on the improved film terms.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2010 at 7:41 am

Though the Byron Carlyle Theatre was opened in 1968, it got an article in Boxoffice on October 19, 1970. The Byron had 590 seats and the Carlyle seated 993. Oddly, the larger house had only 35mm projection while the smaller was equipped with Century 70/35s.

The Boxoffice article said that the architect of the project, A. Herbert Mathes, was “…the architect responsible for many Wometco theatres….”

rivest266 on January 18, 2010 at 4:13 am

December 18th, 1968 grand opening ad is at View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

Article on the Byron/Carlyle opening, 1968.

View link

Harvey on August 11, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Looking at the photos, I can’t believe this is the same Byron Carlyle I went to in the mid-80’s. The marquee Maxter describes was awesome to me as a kid (I used to stand across the street after shows and just take it all in). The last time I ever went to the BC was a sneak preview for 1988’s THE UNHOLY. Then we moved out of Miami.

Man, it looks weird now.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm

This had seven screens at one point.

maxterethan on July 7, 2008 at 2:25 am

I worked at the Byron Carlyle 7 from 1990 to 1996 and I loved my job. Started as a usher and ended up as a Projectionist. The theater had a major renovation when Theater Aquisitions Inc. took over from Wometco, and than Cobb Theaters right after. The front markee that had the span of the whole front was removed and replaced by the hanging markee at front. Round mirror window wanna-be fixtures were attached to make it look like a cruise ship and it was painted baby blue… or Deco Style colors. “Deco Style” was the theme. The inside had two big auditoriums to the right, both with balcony and five to the left. I clearly remember the renovation, as they got raid of the old seats and old carpet and replaced it with some funky multicolor rug and gray rubber floor to replace the black tiles in the lobby. The consession stand remained the same but extensions were made to both sides to make it as long as the lobby itself. The inside hallways crossing from side to side were untouchedexcept for a new coat of paint. The old Century Projectors ramained the same, only that the sound system was upgraded to Dolby Digital, SDSS & DTS to meet the new sound experience. I had a good time and have very good memories of that place. I thought I’ll let you’ll know…..

Mikeoaklandpark on June 24, 2008 at 10:49 am

I was in Miami Beach in March and the theatre is well maintained. Unfortunatley the former Surf which is around the corber and housed Med Fit Gym for many years has closed. Veneviosn International which ha studios int he oild Shore theatre across the street had posters in the window, but no mention of taking it over.