163rd Street & Patio Theatre
1245 NE 163rd Street,
North Miami Beach,
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The twin-screen, 1,200 seat, 163rd Street Theatre was opened on September 28, 1960 with Bing Crosby in “High Time”. It was run in conjunction with the 163rd Street Shopping Center. For years it was a busy first run house with a terrazzo lobby in a serpentine pattern, translucent fiberglass walls in the lobby with colored lights behind. It was part of the Wometco (Wolfson Meyers Theatre Company) from it’s inception.
In 1970 a seperate third screen was added (seating capacity unknown), named the Patio Theatre.
As the suburban neighborhood changed from well heeled Jewish retirees to working class West Indian, attendance dropped off and it was closed in April 1994. It was soon demolished. I was an usher there in the 1970’s and my brother before me in the 1960’s.
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