79th Street Twin II Cinema

137 NE 79th Street,
Miami, FL 33138

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Originally a single screen adult cinema, by the mid-1970’s it had been twinned and offered gay male adult films in Screen I and regular adult films in Screen II. By 1980 it was offering triple-feature regular adult films in Screen I and gay male adult films in Screen II. It was located in the Little River district of Miami.

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on June 22, 2008 at 11:36 am

Don great to see you on this board! I am sure you will bring a wealth of information here. I enjoy your website very much, there is not a week that goes by that I don’t go in and reminisce!

OldMiamiMemories
OldMiamiMemories on June 22, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for your comments Louis. I found this site looking for information on another old movie theatre (Palm Springs) and it has some good information, links and comments that I can use on my site. I’m glad you enjoy the old photos like I do.

Don

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

This location one housed the Little River theatre. I am unsure if it is the same building.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm

This was also the location for the Bard theatre which ran movies as well as live burlesque in the late fifties.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Here is a Star Twin ad. I have not added the theatre since I cannot find an actual address.

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on March 22, 2009 at 3:40 am

I think the Star theatre was located close to where Woolco opened a store back in the late 60s or early 70s. This was west of the Northside Shopping Center, very close to the Peoples Commerce Bank, which amazingly enough is still there. I remember that there was a small mall type shopping center built there, but I don’t think it did very well. The Frank & Bun was more towards the corner of 79th Street & 27th Avenue. I don’t remember the Frank & Bun, however I have seen it’s location on Don’s website. At the time Woolco was there, the Frank & Bun was not. An amusement park, Funland Park was on that corner too, kind of like behind the Royal Castle, which is still there.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 8, 2009 at 12:13 am

Here are photos from 1985 and 1989, respectively:
http://tinyurl.com/c27pyq
http://tinyurl.com/c9mvbk

jeffsfonts
jeffsfonts on March 24, 2010 at 12:27 am

I used to go to my friend’s record store The Reord Gallery in the early 1970’s, which was located directly across the “hall” from the Star Cinema in the Woolco mall. Afetr a number of friendly chats with the manager, I used to go in there and kill some time watching the films… Ah! The indiscretions of youth!

Don Boyd is a buddy of mine and has a great site… so check it out!

As for the 79th Street Twin II, It WAS originally the Bard, then the Little River, then the 79th Street Art Theater. Right around the corner from it (on NE 2nd Avenue) was the King, formerly the Rex… originally the Rosetta.

There was another theater on NE 2nd Avenue South of 79th Street which became a split location for two businesses… Newgay Table Tennis and a company that did yearbook photos – I think it was called Nationwide Studios.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Jeff, are you thinking of the United (7829 NE Second Avenue)?

The_Inventor
The_Inventor on February 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

What was unusual about the Little River Theater was the balcony. The projection booth was in the center and on either side were two soundproof glassed in viewing rooms. One was for smokers and the other for people with small children so that their crying and/or talking wouldn’t disturb people – a great idea.

When it became an “adult” theater it showed those horribly filmed movies of the 30’s and 40’s that were so bad they made “Reefer Madness” look like high art. Supposedly no one under 21 was allowed, but we were in our mid-teens and were never challenged. The live show would have some strippers who couldn’t get work anywhere else. We were sure they were all someone’s grandmothers. Even so, we felt like hot shots for getting in.

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