Bay Harbor 4 Theatres

1170 Kane Concourse,
Bay Harbor, FL 33154

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Loews' Bay Harbor Theater 1972

Built sometime in the mid-1960’s as a single screen 972-seat house, Loews Bay Harbor was a mid-sized theatre with plush rocking chair seats. The marquee was set against the building. The theatre played exclusive engagements of “The Lion in Winter” as well as “Oliver”. By the 1980’s the theatre was twinned. I remember seeing “War Games” at the theatre.

Sometime after that I left the city and the theatre was split into four auditoriums. Its hard to imagine this theatre as a four-plex since each auditorium must have been quite small.

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rivest266 on January 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

This cinema opened with a single screen on Feb 18 1966
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2010 at 12:54 am

I think this must be the theater that was, in its original plans, to have been called the Broadway. A rendering of the Broadway Theatre, which was then under construction, appeared in Boxoffice of December 20, 1965. One of the owners of the proposed Broadway, Herb Kaplan, was mentioned in later issues of Boxoffice as a co-owner of the Bay Harbor Theatre. In even later issues of Boxoffice, Kaplan is mentioned as a director of Loew’s Florida division.

The caption of the drawing says that the Broadway was designed by architect Arthur Thomas. I’ve been unable to find anything about him on the Internet.

Originally operated by a partnership called Broadway Enterprises, by May, 1968, the Bay Harbor was being operated by Loew’s. A January 13, 1969, item about the planned benefit premier of “Oliver” referred to the house as “…Loew’s 972-seat Bay Harbor Theatre….”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

The exclusive engagement of “The Lion In Winter” was at the Byron, not here as the intro states.

rivest266 on October 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

The February 17th, 1966 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

The Bay Harbor theatre was where my high school always went for art films. This included 1971’s “Mary, Queen of Scots.” The school didn’t know about the brief bit in the film with gay subject and (imagine …. kissing), and whoever gave the go-ahead for the busloads of kids must have been mortified as the auditorium of 10-12th graders erupted into howls and screams at what the school film trip had given us that day. Truly glorious and hilarious high school memories.

scottjsilverman on January 6, 2015 at 8:02 am

I remember it well. I worked there as an usher/doorman/student assistant manager from December 21, 1971 to June 1975. Some of my co-workers are my friends to this very day.

The theater sat 972 people. It had an orchestra and loge. The biggest complaint people had about the theater was that the movies stayed there for so long. For example, Nicholas and Alexandra (a roadshow) played at the theater from February 2, 1972 until June of that year.

I will post photos in the near future.

jeffrey platt
jeffrey platt on January 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

scott. i do remember you. this IS jeff platt. I was blown away when I saw this picture of me . now 72. I had no other pictures of me from my younger days.THANK YOU. why don’t you e mail me

GSRPBS on January 29, 2015 at 10:51 am

It is amazing how time can eventually bring people back to where they began. I ushered at the Bay Harbor theatre back in 1974 and worked with both Scott and Jeff. I have also remained friends with Al Alvarez who has posted on this site. The Bay Harbor was the most elegant theatre in it’s day. It was great having the upstairs balcony all to yourself when the movie was running. It was also the day when some theatres had soda machines as well as a concession stand, but the coins in the soda machine always got stuck, memories. I did go back once when the theatre was converted to a fourplex, that was the end of an era.

aeterna on December 18, 2015 at 12:09 am

I think the theater was twinned sometime in the early 1980s. I recall seeing “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu” and it was a single screen. This was easily one of the nicest theaters in the entire region. I never went to any shows when it was quadplexed (although it was still nice as a twin) That would have been too sad.

aeterna on January 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I believe this shot is from Boxoffice and the marquee is displaying “The Group” as the feature so this places it somewhere in the first month or so of operation.

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