Skylake Twin Theatre
1720 Miami Gardens Drive,
North Miami Beach,
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Previously operated by: Loews
Previous Names: Skylake Mall Twin Cinema
Opened on July 7, 1972 with Charlton Heston in “Skyjacked” & Marlon Brando in “The Godfather”. A small twin cinema that operated within the Skylake Mall for many years in the Miami Gardens area of North Miami Beach. Had really high screens which sometimes made for an unpleasant movie experience.
The cinema lobby was small and had a fence/rail separating the two auditoriums. You either went in one side or the other but the one snack bar served both sides. I believe there was turnstiles as well. It sounds like an original Jerry Lewis theatre design but I’m only going on that assumption because it seems similar to what folks have told me about the way the Jerry Lewis theatres were set up.
It was a Loews first run theatre at one time and died as an independent double-feature bargain house, which sat well with the large number of retirees in the area. Closure came on February 13, 1997.
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The Skylake opened in 1972 as an independent. It was snatched up by Loews in 1974, along with the Kendall Twin, when General Cinema bought other Florida theatres.
Due to the Bay Harbor and 167th St Twin having a partner, Loews was unable to sell those two. Since they were unable to leave the market altogether they started buying theatres again.
Thanks to Loews, the little Skylake premiered some big films such as “Saturday Night Fever” in the then very competitive and over-screened North Miami Beach market.
A.K.A. LOEWS SKYLAKE?
This venue was known for showing midnight movie fare. I recall seeing “American Pop” at this location at a very late night screening.
The Skylake cinema opened on July 7th, 1972 with “Skyjacked” and “The Godfather” on July 12th. Grand opening ad posted.
The Skylake Twin Cinema closed February 13, 1997 as a sub-run discount house with “Set it Off” and “Daylight” on Screen I and “Space Jam” and “Jingle All the Way” on Screen II. At that point, the mall had 48 vacancies in its 71 storefronts and the cinema was able to opt out of its lease early at the 15-year mark.