Southport Cinema & Drafthouse

1455 SE 17th Street,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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Previously operated by: Chris McGuire Cinemas, Gulf States Theaters

Previous Names: Southport Cinema, Cinema & More East, Cinema Cafe 1 & 2

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One of several suburban Broward County theaters opened by Southland Cinemas on January 30, 1969, the Southport spent most of its years as a Cinema & Drafthouse franchise, retaining its single large screen into the 1990’s (but eventually twinned). "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" found its longest-lasting Broward home at the Southport.

Contributed by Steve Menke (sporridge)

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sporridge on June 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

P.S.: Having seen revivals of “House of Wax” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the Southport Cinema & Drafthouse in the early 1990s, I can confirm it was still a single-screen house up to that time. Only made one visit after it was twinned: “claustrophobic” doesn’t begin to describe the experience.

After Cinema & Drafthouse closed, live theater moved in for several scattered engagements.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 6, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Chris McGuire was a franchise deal similar to Jerry Lewis, so they had many different owners. Their sites were quickly passed on to other operators once mini cinemas became the norm for new builds.

I know the Reef was acquired by ABC Florida State (Plitt) for a few years as was the Chris McGuire Village in Hialeah, which closed as the Atlas Twin.

sporridge on June 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Went to the Reef a few times when ABC Florida State gave a try at art film programming: “Days of Heaven” had its Broward exclusive there, looked great on its wide screen. The Reef probably used floor plans identical to the Southport (and the Reef also had a go as a Cinema & Drafthouse, then a Chinese cinema named Screen Play, a church, and vacant the last time I looked).

sporridge on June 20, 2009 at 8:56 am

“Cinema Cafe 1 & 2” was yet another alias for the Southport.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 21, 2009 at 6:30 am

Chris McGuire was a chain and not really an AKA for this site. In 1993 it did operate as the CINEMA & MORE EAST.

sporridge on August 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Drove into the area tonight, and pulled over to find out thie theater’s fate. Retail space. Vacant retail space. Plenty of it.

rivest266 on October 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

According to

James Duffy was involved with this cinema from June 19th, 1984-July 10th, 1994.

rivest266 on March 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm

This opened on January 30th, 1969. Grand opening ad in the photo section.


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50sSNIPES on June 18, 2023 at 6:08 am

Once operated by Gulf State Theatres.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 18, 2023 at 1:36 pm

I saw Boogie Nights there

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