|City/Town: • Miami|
|Location Class: • Theatrical|
|Built: • 1980s | Abandoned: • 2014|
|Status: • Demolished|
|Photojournalist: • David Bulit|
Located at the Intracoastal Mall in North Miami Beach, it opened in the late-1980s as an eight-screen movie theater. Despite renovations in later years, customers complained of it being outdated and having an odd smell throughout the building. Here are some reviews from a few years ago when it was still operating:
“Came in for a free screening, and surprised I even sat down for as long as 15 minutes. I can’t imagine watching a movie with the lingering smell of old and sour. Thinking this theater is located in a nice plaza I expected better. The seats are old school and remind of the seats you find on public transportation. I tried to cope with the smell but couldn’t help feel like I would take bake unwanted things with me home. At that point it didn’t matter if the movie was free, It was time to go. This place is need of major upgrades and a professional cleaning. I feel dirty, gotta take a shower and wash my clothes now.” –Yelp, Limuel G.
“I’m sorry I don’t care if the cost of the movie ticket is lower than most (or free in the case of a free screening) or that parking is a bit more convenient, but I refuse to sit in a theater that smells like an elderly person who is overdue for their adult diaper to be changed. Simple as that.” -Yelp, Danielle B.
“Yes you can come here to get away from packed movie theaters with obnoxious movie goers, but is it really worth it? There sound system is horrible and the theaters kind of smell. It’s a trade off but I’d rather deal with the crowds.” -Yelp, Jenna M.
After closing down in 2014, iPic Theaters signed a lease to build a new eight-screen, 40,000-square-foot luxury movie theater in place of the old theater which will be gutted and renovated. iPic offers different option from large, plush leather seats to reclining, oversized leather chairs, pillows and blankets, and individual service-call buttons that summon servers who deliver signature dishes or hand-crafted cocktails. It opened in 2015.