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aeterna commented about Bay Harbor 4 Theatres on May 19, 2022 at 6:51 am

@sjteich: The 10/72 issue of Boxoffice indicated that Jack Blum was celebrating his 47th anniversary with Loews. He retired in 1975 so that places him with Loews for 50 years. I would presume by the math, he was about 70 when he retired.

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aeterna commented about Omni 10 on Feb 1, 2022 at 7:50 am

Added a link in the photo comments in ridethectrain’s photo upload of the box office. It is the same photo from the Herald article but of a much larger and better quality.

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aeterna commented about Omni 10 on Feb 1, 2022 at 7:45 am

Same shot of the box office above but much better quality:

https://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/elhtm6/picture257882993/alternates/FREE_1140/9-11282012-60000106AA.JPG

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aeterna commented about Sheridan Theatre on Oct 25, 2021 at 11:17 am

The theater was demolished sometime in the early 1980’s after remaining dormant for about 7 years. The structure that replaced it became the Centrust building and later the Sheridan Center and what it remains today. The site has never been retail oriented since - or before - the theaters demolition. Only financial and medical services

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aeterna commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on May 11, 2021 at 9:35 am

Al, it was until the early 1990’s when Cobb took over. See the clipping below with the Cobb Byron Carlyle clearly listed in 1994. At some later point in the 90’s Regal took over. (See the Loew’s Bay Harbor page for more) Wometco pretty much jettisoned a lot of their beach theaters in the late 1980’s (The Surf and Normandy were closed by then)

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/49433024/the-miami-herald/

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aeterna commented about Cinema Theatre on Mar 27, 2021 at 10:31 am

This appears to be the NYC location of the French Casino and not the Miami site. The marquee is much larger and has semi-circular design elements on each pane of the marquee which don’t appear in the Miami location. Also, note the mention of the Brass Rail.

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aeterna commented about Boynton Twin Cinema on Mar 10, 2021 at 5:42 am

A clipping from rivest266 announcing its changing to an independent run operation in 1976. There is some evidence this may have been a single screen venue upon its initial debut in 1973 but I have yet to corroborate that:

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195939/boynton-twin-opening/

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aeterna commented about Silver Screen Cinema on Mar 9, 2021 at 9:05 am

Part 2 of the article on Silver Screen, RLR and some other bargain theaters in the region:

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/49299478/braving-the-bargain-cinemas-2-of-2/

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aeterna commented about Silver Screen Cinema on Mar 9, 2021 at 9:02 am

The original marquee had the phrase “Dinner theater and comedy club” underneath the theater name in smaller print. However, it really was not “dinner theater” in the traditional sense of the term so at some point the owners amended the name to the Silver Screen Cinema Cafe. I attended several films there and it was a pleasant experience.

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/49299443/braving-the-bargain-cinemas-1-of-2/

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aeterna commented about Sheridan Theatre on Mar 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm

Closed Sunday September 17th, 1972. Reopened briefly in 1973 to screen the infamous “Deep Throat” and then was subsequently shuttered again after running afoul of local ordinances in February 1973.

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aeterna commented about Sheridan Theatre on Mar 7, 2021 at 9:43 pm

The Sheridan would briefly reopen several months later to screen the infamous “Deeo Throat” only to run afoul of local ordinances and be shuttered for good once again in 1973.

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aeterna commented about Sheridan Theatre on Mar 7, 2021 at 9:30 pm

After Florida State Theaters dissolved with the end of the 70’s, McGlohon went on to Wometco and managed theaters throughout the 1980s including the Byron Carlyle.

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aeterna commented about Boynton Theatre on Mar 4, 2021 at 7:03 am

Added newspaper clipping with opening date as June 13th, 1921. Menzel originally named it the Herald Theater.

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aeterna commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on Mar 4, 2021 at 5:33 am

PS Just a minor footnote, from 2001 to 2011, the theater was sometimes used for live productions though infrequently. From 2011 to 2014, it was used by the Broward theater company as a playhouse and O Cinema completed its full 5 year term lease from 2014 until its closure in late 2019.

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aeterna commented about Boynton Theatre on Mar 3, 2021 at 10:38 pm

@RickB: The theater was not demolished in the 60s. The owners held on to it until 1973, At some point not long after, the Steven’s Rexall drugstore took up residence but the projection equipment remained upstairs even during its use as a drugstore. There are several local accounts of this on various Boynton Beach groups. The entire plaza where the theater resided was razed in the mid 2000s but I don’t have an exact date of the theaters demolition itself. Possibly in the 1990s or earlier. The theater was also used as a makeshift community church by many local denominations over the decades.

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aeterna commented about Boynton Theater from a postcard, circa mid to late 1950s on Mar 3, 2021 at 9:43 am

Thank you for your memories and recollections. That theater later became the Steven’s Rexall drugstore. The photo is quite small due to CT resizing but the marquee reads “Gun that won the war” which was a mistake as the film was “The gun the that won the west” which places this photo in 1955.

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aeterna commented about Boynton Theatre on Mar 3, 2021 at 9:05 am

New photo uploaded of the facade of the Boynton.

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aeterna commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on Mar 3, 2021 at 8:03 am

Last developer effort/bid has been rejected by the city commission. Based on the article below and Al’s earlier comment, the main summary above should reflect that it closed in 2000 and was purchased by CMB in 2001.

https://www.remiamibeach.com/north-beach/miami-beach-commission-slams-door-on-byron-carlyle-redevelopment/

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aeterna commented about 170th Street Cinema on Nov 28, 2020 at 9:07 pm

GCC got rid of it in 1990. I can’t recall who took it over but the next owner after that in 1993 was Sun Vista Holdings out of MI IIRC. They were the final owners when the fire happened. I think in its final incarnation it was a 6 screen going through a 4 screen period if memory serves.

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aeterna commented about Bay Harbor 4 Theatres on May 25, 2020 at 11:38 am

Does someone recall the year that it was twinned? If my memory serves, it was in the early 1980s. Perhaps 1981 or 1982. I remember seeing some films in 1980 but I think it was still a single screen venue at that point.

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aeterna commented about Bay Harbor 4 Theatres on May 25, 2020 at 11:31 am

This was the end for this theater. It was not big enough to be quad-plexed. It became 4 itty bitty screens.

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aeterna commented about Normandy Theatre on Jul 1, 2019 at 7:10 am

It did close for a short period of 1987 (see the flashbackmiami link) but it was reopened and soldiered on at least until the early part of 1989. If I recall correctly, the last film screened was “Naked Gun”

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aeterna commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on Jul 1, 2019 at 6:52 am

Two bids for redevelopment of the Byron/O. If the bids are accepted, it looks like the end is likely near for this venue.

https://www.remiamibeach.com/north-beach/two-bids-to-redevelop-byron-carlyle-theater/

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aeterna commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on Jul 23, 2018 at 6:41 am

RW,

The image above from Boxoffice magazine is quite low quality even in its printed form. It depicts the original marquee but the detail is sorely lacking. I suggest you contact the Theater Historical Society of America and request the use of their slide of the Byron from the Edward T. Gibbs collection. I suspect that one was taken during the 1980’s and it reflects the original marquee much better than this early 1970’s shot in Boxoffice magazine. And congratulations on the Byron’s 50th!

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aeterna commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on May 9, 2018 at 6:58 am

By the by, in the summary written up top, I don’t believe Wometco was the final owner before the city took over the property in the early 2000’s. I think Cobb owned it among others. Wometco sold the Byron at some point in the 1990’s.