Hollywood Cinema

1710 Harrison Street,
Hollywood, FL 33020

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Previously operated by: Claughton Theaters, General Cinema Corp.

Architects: Donald H. Moeller, Cedric Start

Firms: Start & Moeller

Previous Names: Hollywood Theatre, Bombay Cinema

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The Hollywood Cinema was opened by the Claughton Theaters chain on December 7, 1956 with Doris Day in “Julie”. It was designed by the architectural firm Start & Moeller.

This may be same building that became the GCC Hollywood and closed on January 11, 1996 after a period as a discount independent and a shot at Bollywood. Does anyone know?

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

sixstringrob
sixstringrob on November 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I’ve been trying to find out who owns the building to see if I can possibly be granted access to take some pictures of the inside for historical purposes. I’ve looked on the Broward County Property Appraisers website but it seems there is no record of any ownership.

From the research Ive done about the Hollywood Cinema it was first opened back around 1926. I also remember them having the largest screen in South Florida before they switched it over to a 2 theater cinema in the 90’s

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

sixstringrob, the 1924 Hollywood Cinema was located at 1921 Hollywood Boulevard and closed in 1933 before this one opened.

Pat R.
Pat R. on November 26, 2015 at 4:30 am

Hwd. Cinema on the circle was converted into a “twin” in the 90s?? I never knew that! Is that accurate? Not sure who owns it. It’s been shuttered for many years now. In ‘14 there was a problem with pieces of the “ceiling” falling onto the sidewalk out front!

sixstringrob
sixstringrob on December 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm

It was definitely converted to a twin sometime in the 90’s. Im going to have to say around 92ish? It was after I graduated from high school and that was in 90. The reason I remember it is because me and my GF at the time used to go there for the cheap 2.00 2nd run movies and I used to tell her that the theater used to have the biggest screen in S. Florida before they converted it to a twin. Im going to have to assume that the City of Hollywood owns it. Maybe if I go to the CoH Art and Culture center which is right across the street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

I can’t find any sign that this was ever a twin although it did run two features per night with separate admissions in the early nineties. In 1994 it ran Bollywood features under the name Bombay Cinema while still showing an earlier showtime of a mainstream film under the name Hollywood Cinema.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm

This opened on December 7th, 1956. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

WilliamG
WilliamG on March 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm

I knew the owner of the Hollywood Cinema over the years 1986 – 1990 or so. I can’t remember his name, but he was a WWII vet – air force. He flew bombers I think – B- 17s or B – 29s. He flew bombers for Chiang Kai Chek after the war too. I was just out of the army and he let me stay in the theater for a while – heck of a nice guy. I couldn’t remember his name so I went online and wound up here. He was well known around Hollywood and had an apartment for himself and his wife in Hallandale I believe – I wish I could remember his name… You could smoke in the theater and I got to know the candy lady and the ticket taker too – nice people…

WilliamG
WilliamG on August 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm

…yeah – his name was Lester Altman – I remember the layout of the theater very well – I did some paintings for his lobby too – a scene in the movie “Cape Fear” was filmed inside the theater…the ticket taker was from New York – actor – and he told me about when they were filming – the trailer in the back and a bit about Nick Nolte…so much character in those early days – people, places – life was a couple of notches up in terms of meaning and purpose…

Pat R.
Pat R. on August 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm

AT LEAST a couple notches up! Amen! We live(d) at 16th and Grant and my mom was an extra in the parade scene in Cape Fear. You can recognize her as she wore a BIG brim, tannish woven straw hat (2' diam.)! The scene where they shot from overhead! I wish I could post the photos she took as well! That theater was the best!

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