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Demolished when the I-10/I-37 interchange was built.
Sorry to see it closed. Caught “West Side Story” there in December, but there were only five people in that auditorium. They served strong margaritas.
jw is correct, that Military street number is not the address of the former drive-in. Just compare Google Maps to the historical aerial view map posted with the photographs. Sam’s is north of where the theater existed.
In the place of Dillard’s, there are various stores/restaurants within the old building, which was “shelled out” almost ten years ago.
6602 Blanco Road would be the proper address. It was on Rector and Blanco. Rector was absorbed into the big box center, once Central Park Mall was demolished.
As mentioned, the theater was engulfed by the mall, but the building form is still clearly visible in the photograph I have added.
The site now holds a Dave & Buster’s Restaurant. Picture added.
The building is STILL there, and will soon be part of a new Alamo museum. For several years it has been a Guinness World Record Museum. Picture attached.
113 South Mill Avenue is now a law office (2021). I have added a photo.
116 South Main Avenue is the “yellow” (2021) building in the center. I am assuming that was the theater?
Joe, it appears that you are correct. I added two pics. And you can see the stage house.
Building is currently a law office (2021). In the 70s/80s, it was a women’s dress store.
The two films in the photograph came out in 1983. They obviously misspelled “Scarface.” That theater was split in the late 70s or early 80s. Building twins (two NEW theaters together) was huge in the 60s, but SPLITTING an existing auditorium in two gained steam in the mid-70s, especially in small towns/cities. I attached another photo, showing how I believe they split the existing theater.
Is that Dr. Evil poster really from 1963? I ask, because I thought the theater was built later than that. Also, I guess it wasn’t originally a twin? It’s twin theaters were really small, so even prior to splitting, it would have been a small venue. I also see what looks like a “G” rating in the lower left. The rating system wasn’t created until late 1968. May 10, 1968 fell on a Friday, but the rating system wasn’t utilized till months later. May 10, 1974?
That theater definitely had a late 60s/early 70s vibe. Dr. Evil’s shows did run from around 1959 until the early 80s(?).
Wow, thanks for posting this. I’ll never forget watching “2001: A Space Odyssey” at my San Remo Apartment (now demolished), and rushing to this nearby theater to watch “2010: The Year We Make Contact” in 1984 - with minutes to spare. was a UM student, and went there often.
Sorry, left side of complex.
If you go to Google satellite, and zoom in on the shopping center, you can tell where the twins formed an “L” shape. The adjacent, small business to the left (currently a style salon in 2021) was added after the theater was built. Parkway Plaza is now the name of the “shopping center,” which started as a self-standing A&P Grocery, probably in the 50s.
The actual address for this former theater is approximately 947/949 Volunteer Parkway. The strip center is still there. Even the movie poster holders are on the wall! I have attached some photos. When it was built, it was as an addition to a former A&P Grocery Store. I went to one movie there, and the twins were tiny.
Overhead shot of the former drive-in property has been added.
A Belk Department Store (Women) now stands on the site, although it was built as a now defunct Proffitt’s Department Store. I have included a photo of the current site.
That area was my neighborhood, while I was a film student at UM in the early 80s. We turned in our film to the “Stock Room” in the “Film Shack” on campus, then a person took it over there for us. I never set foot in Riviera Photo myself.
I did go to several films at the theater while in college, but never as a child, when I first lived in Miami from 67 until 73.
I wonder what will happen to the old Publix space, on Riviera Park. I’m guessing condos, etc. I lived in an apartment right on the park. I also worked as a front desk clerk at nearby The University Inn (OWNED by UM at the time). UM had NO idea that the sleazy general manager was allowing porn to be filmed in the Don Shula Suite. There also was a hep C outbreak in the restaurant. I think the building along the canal, now houses business suites.
Yes, East TN was a “testing ground” for Urban Renewal in the 70s, and it really damaged several small towns in the area. Uniqueness was destroyed, buildings (historic) were demolished, etc. In Elizabethton, they built that horrible covered walkway for blocks on either side. There was smart talk to remove it a few years back, but “the public” likes it. For of prime example of a contrast, just cross the near-by state line into North Carolina, and find several towns – dozens – with vibrant downtowns, historically restored. The Tri-Cities of TN (Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City) never recovered from those Urban Renewal fiascos.
I have added a Google StreetView screen grab of the remaining facade, for clarity. The other old photographs do not really have a “clear” shot of the facade.
I uploaded a shot from October 2019.
I just uploaded a pic of the Bonnie Kate from last October.