163rd Street & Patio Theatre

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

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elric300
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.

jdoc001
jdoc001 on May 17, 2013 at 1:01 am

it was demolished and became a home depot

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

Described in this 1960 trade article: Boxoffice

rivest266
rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

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

Kieranx
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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez 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.

Ripshin
Ripshin on February 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Did the “Patio” have a separate entrance? I finally saw that “Lovers and Other Strangers” on TCM – hated it. Would probably be a PG13 today.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Bea Auther was in the openeing movie,Arrrrggggg!

rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2010 at 3:44 am

Patio grand opening ad October 29th, 1970 at View link

rivest266
rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Article with picture September 25th, 1960 View link

Grand opening ad View link

hittman305
hittman305 on September 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I saw Nightmare on elm street 2 there as a kid. I dont think the neighborhhod suffered from “west indian” folks. i think it was the hatins, and the other blacks. they destroyed that area. Now it is a walmart, and a home depot in its place.

Ripshin
Ripshin on March 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Yep, remember “Oliver!” there. Again, we never went to Miami Beach/Bay Harbor. “The Bible: In the Beginning” had a big rerelease showing at Dadeland – I know it wasn’t the initial 1966 release – wasn’t in Miami then. In 83, I stood in line five hours for “Return of the Jedi” – number five in line. Unfortunately, it was with a bunch of sci-fi nerds in costume – I hid from the news cameras.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm

The Dadeland Twin ran “FUNNY GIRL” and “OLIVER!” on roadshow although they were added runs after both had played a while in Miami Beach/Bay Harbor.

Ripshin
Ripshin on March 30, 2009 at 11:52 am

I attended a few roadshows at Dadeland Twin in the late 60s. I’ll check out Sunny Isles – to a mere six year-old, all I remember was 163rd Street – it was Siberia to a kid who rarely traversed north of the airport (except Westland). In college, though, it was indeed the 163rd Street Theater where I say “Eddie…”

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 30, 2009 at 6:55 am

This theatre opened in 1960 with the exclusive South Florida roadshow engagement of “SPARTACUS”. The run was a failure and Wometco refused to book roadshows for several years at any of its theatres as a result.

Ripshin, that “CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG” roadshow actually ran on both screens of the nearby SUNNY ISLES TWIN further down 163rd Street. It had staggered showtimes there.

Roadshows eventually settled back on South Beach where they always did best with the tourists keeping them going for months, sometimes years.

Ripshin
Ripshin on March 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I only went here twice, as we lived down in the Fairlawn area (Flagler & Red), and it was too far. My family saw the roadshow engagement of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (with Intermission) in 68, then while attending UM, I caught “Eddie and the Cruisers” in 1983. It was definitely a triple by then.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in April 1962:

Members of CORE staged a 40-minute demonstration April 3 at Wometco’s 163rd Street Theater in the 163rd Street shopping center. The Committee of Racial Equality sent some 30 Negroes to the box office to purchase tickets. When they were refused, the demonstrators formed a revolving line which continued the requests until the ticket window closed for the night.

cranberry
cranberry on May 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

The Patio Theatre had about 900 seats in it. I remember working there when it had the South Florida premiere of “ The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” It was a lot of fun meeting all of the stars.

spiderman2000s
spiderman2000s on March 28, 2008 at 6:17 am

Remembered seeing “Porky’s”, All of the Star Wars movies, “Firefox” and “Hot Stuff”(filmed in Miami) there. It’s sad to see that it’s a parking lot for Home Depot.

cranberry
cranberry on October 10, 2007 at 9:19 am

I worked for Wometco Theatres in the 70’s and 80’s. I did the marquee at the 163 rd St. when it was still a single theatre. The theatre was unusual in that it had 2 sets of curtains up on the stage. One was gold and one was red. It also had the biggest screen in the state of Florida. This theatre had real showmanship. We would decorate the lobby to the theme of the movie that was playing there. I also did the marquees at the Plaza, Surf, Normandy, Byron/Carlyle, etc.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 3, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Harvey,

This marquee had a platform that you could walk on once you climbed up. It was indeed huge and wide. The Sunny Isles and Loews 167th Street along the same stretch were also large, but not quite as wide as this one and had no platform.

I do remember these three vividly as I was older then and actually managed the Sunny Isles for several years and often changed the marquee myself, a dangerous exercise on windy Florida night.

I think it was more of a sixties thing than a particular Wometco trademark.

Harvey
Harvey on April 3, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Now, Al, I know the marquee here at 163rd Street was huge! Hell, there were marquees all over: by the road, over the entrance and back over by the Patio. I’m assuming these large marquees were a trademark of Wometco ? The Plaza, The Palm Springs, 163rd, etc ?

I saw so many movies at this theater growing up it pains me to know it’s gone.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 13, 2005 at 9:13 am

The Patio Theatre was added behind this site in 1970 with a separate entrance and opened with LOVERS & OTHER STRANGERS. The larger 163rd Street screen was later twinned and the three screens were marketed as a triple.

moviesmovies
moviesmovies on July 13, 2005 at 1:07 pm

saw the hilarious ‘Scenes From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills’ here.