Loew's Konover Theatre

5445 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

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Konover Theater from a Hotel Konover brochure

The Loew’s Konover Theatre, inside the Konover Hotel, was an experiment in turning a Miami Beach hotel cabaret into a luxury cinema featuring valet parking, bartender service from your seat and upscale snacks. It opened on December 25, 1975 with Sean Connery in "The Man Who Would Be King".

That spring it hosted a special free screening of Scorcese’s "Taxi Driver" to a group of dumbfounded local cab drivers. By Christmas, 1976 it was once again a cabaret.

Today the Konover Hotel is home to the troubled Castle Beach Club Hotel and Condominium.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

sporridge
sporridge on February 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Screening “Taxi Driver” to cab drivers is reminiscent of the time the Miami Film Festival premiered “My Beautiful Laundrette”… sponsored by Maytag. The Lonely Repairman might have been in for a surprise…

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

TAXI DRIVER for cab drivers what a comcept.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Should have thought of that when we played"BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS" at Regency Mall,by that time that part of Augusta was noted for all the bad things.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Marcus Loew was born on tis date in 1870. 141 years ago.

aeterna
aeterna on January 15, 2016 at 10:24 am

This was originally a Hilton and later became the Playboy Plaza. Jackie Gleason purportedly helped in the design of the theater when it opened in ‘67 and subsequently Maurice Revitz and Loews plunked down close to a million for its renovation.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Grand opening ad posted. Opened with “The Man Who Would be King”.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 19, 2023 at 9:02 pm

There was a Grand Theatre at this site in the early 1900s. Was the Konover just a later iteration of the Grand or was the Grand demolished? The seating capacity was roughly the same.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 19, 2023 at 10:08 pm

The Hotel Plaza opened in 1967. Miami Beach in the early 1900’s was a sandbar.

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