163rd Street & Patio Theatre

1245 NE 163rd Street,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

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 Wometco's 163 rd Street and Patio Theatres in 1980. Christmas Attractions.

The twin-screen, 1,200 seat, 163rd Street Theatre was opened in 1960 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 demolished around 1991. I was an usher there in the 1970’s and my brother before me in the 1960’s.

Contributed by Roy Bower

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 1, 2010 at 5:56 am

“So what’s the story?”

It was big hit at the time.

The Patio had a separate boxoffice and entrance. When the theatre was tripled, the main boxoffice sold all tickets but the Patio (screen # 3), still had a separate doorman. Wometco did a nice job twinning their main screens. They were not sloppy rush jobs like General Cinema did in Florida.

Kieranx on May 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Loved this theater. When I was a teen-aged mall rat in the early-mid ‘80s, I used to take the bus to N. Miami and hang out, shop and go see movies at these cavernous barns of a theater. Saw Class, Brainstorm, Easy Money, The Mel Gibson version of The Bounty, Hannah & Her Sisters, Ruthless People and Aliens before I moved out of the area. It was really an event to go to this theater.

rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

I have uploaded some ads and a picture of this theatre.

jdoc001 on May 17, 2013 at 1:01 am

it was demolished and became a home depot

elric300 on May 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

The 163rd St. was a single screen until it twinned around 1983. Yes, The Patio screen was completely separate. It had 850 seats. both sides had 70mm capability. In fact, during the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI’s run, an attempt was made to run the 70mm print in one of the now 300 seat sides, since the projector had been left upstairs during the twinning. It…did not go well. We would often get 70mm exclusives before the other theaters.

dblatt01 on June 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I Just posted a Photo of Wometco’s 163 rd Street and Patio Theatres. I Did This Marquee in 1980 for their Holiday Attractions.

MSC77 on December 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play a successful four months while playing concurrent in a few other area venues. And to commemorate the classic film’s golden anniversary, here’s a new retrospective article which includes some exhibition history (and other) details.

Ripshin on December 25, 2017 at 10:04 am

So, Linda Gray actually did the poster?

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