Las Olas Cinemas

300 SW First Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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The Los Olas Riverfront is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale in the Los Olas Riverfront Entertainment, Dining and Shopping Center. The Los Olas was operated by Sunrise Cinemas until 2010, when Frank Theatres took over.

It featured 15 state of the art stadium style seating auditoriums. The Los Olas played great art, foreign and indepenedent as well as the latest blockbuster films. In 2011, four screens were closed, leaving eleven operating. In 2013, the Los Olas Cinemas was totally closed.

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bornjaded
bornjaded on March 22, 2005 at 5:29 am

When it opened in 1998, the Las Olas Riverfront cinema was a 23-screen, state-of-the-art multiplex run by Regal Cinemas. In only four years, it went sharply downhill, as I guess profits were unsatisfactory and therefore management and floor employees were scarce. I visited for a showing of ‘Town & Country’ one day and had an altercation with a disruptive patron who had wandered in from another film. It took me over five minutes to find an employee, by which point the offender had vanished after tossing my belongings from my seat to the aisle.

Sunrise Cinemas, a South Florida-based chain, relieved Regal of the chore of running this theater, pared the venue down to only 15 screens, and is hardly doing a better job. I rarely go to this theater — only when the film of choice is not playing elsewhere — but every time I do, I experience some sort of technical problem, be it an audio problem or a projection problem. When I went to see ‘Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut’ with a girlfriend and a friend, the anamorphic film was being projected as a spherical 1.85:1 film, thus distorting the image by making it too narrow. I had to complain three times before this mistake was corrected, and this introduced conflict to an otherwise rewarding social gathering.

The managers at this theater, as employed by Sunrise Cinemas, are bullies, plain and simple. Unapologetic at best and bellicose at worst, they’re the bottom of the barrel of uptight suburban trash and I’d sooner miss a film entirely than ever go to this venue again.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2007 at 10:58 pm

Really seedy, considering that it’s in a sort of prime location.

It’s very shabby and musty smelling…and in my auditorium the image jiggled and jumped the entire show, despite repeated reports to management.

Nice, graceful sloping stadium seating, though, and the rooms are nicely decorated; some are over 400 seats.

I heard this Riverfront complex is a financial bust and is being redeveloped. I wonder if this place is coming down, too.

All in all, pretty disappointing.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 23, 2007 at 9:59 pm

It’s now listed as Sunrise Cinemas Stadium 15 @ Las Olas Riverfront

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 1, 2010 at 3:20 am

It is now being operated by Frank Theatres; the new official website is: http://www.franktheatres.com/Home.aspx. (It is listed there as the “Las Olas”).

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on December 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm

OMG Sinrise cinemas was a great independant chain for many years in Ft lauderdale. Now Frank theaters has taken them over. The are the low life of theater chains. This is really sad news.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

According to the Yelp reviews cinemas 1-4 are now closed off leaving 11 cinemas. I confirmed it by checking the showtimes and find only 11 cinemas in use.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Originally this theater was 23 screens. I am not sure why they could not make all 23 work. I know parking was always an issue.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Acording to the Frank Theater web site it lists only showings for 9 screens. It was changed to 11 when Frank’s took it over. Please correct information at the top showing 15 screens

sporridge
sporridge on January 8, 2014 at 1:26 am

Closed sometime toward the end of 2013, and any mention removed from the Frank Theaters Website.

The whole Las Olas Riverfront complex continues to struggle, and various redevelopment possibilities continue to be floated.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 8, 2014 at 11:25 am

Update status to closed.

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