Lauderhill Theatre

1225 N.W. 40th Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313

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rivest266 on March 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

This opened on June 30th, 1967. Grand opening ad in the photo section.


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nealtim on July 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

I worked in the mall just across from the theater in a pet shop “Pet Corner” in 1978. Although I worked there for about a year I never went to the movie theater.

mothra108 on August 7, 2015 at 11:13 am

I went to work there as an usher in 1968 and saw movies like “In Cold Blood”, “The President’s Analyst”, “In Like Flint”, and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. Peter Greybill was the manager and I remember the department store near it being a Richard’s. At the time I went to work there Lauderhill mall was not quite complete, with some minor finishing work still being done in some areas.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

S Porridge, I checked The Miami News for April 1972 it appears that the second Lauderhill opened the same week as the transfer from Loews to GCC. I suspect it took a while to change all the signs but I don’t think there was ever a case where each company ran one of the sites. The 16th Street Lauderhill opened as the Lauderhill II.

sporridge on April 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Al, it may have only been a year or little more, but Loews still managed the Lauderhill when the second screen opened. The one on 16th Street was originally named “Loews 2,” albeit briefly.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm

This should be listed as the Lauderhill and not Loews Lauderhill as it was only a Loews theatre for five years before it was sold to GCC.

It was located in the city of Lauderhill, not Fort Lauderdale, and it was already a GCC house when they opened the 16th Street Lauderhill location nearby.

Coate on February 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

<<< I’m pretty sure I saw ‘Star Wars’ there in 1977. I had seen it a couple of times in one or two different theaters in the area and I distinctly remember seeing it there. >>>

You did not see “Star Wars” in 1977 at Loew’s Lauderhill. The first-run engagements in Broward County were at…

Dania — Hi-Way Airport 9-Plex Drive-In
Fort Lauderdale — Sunrise I-II-III
Hollywood — Cine I & II
Lauderhill — Inverrary Triplex
Margate — Lake Shore 4-Plex Drive-In
Pompano Beach — Highway Drive-In

Perhaps you saw “Star Wars” here during a second-run or re-issue engagement.

sporridge on February 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

IIRC, Loew’s Lauderhill opened in 1967 with a long run of “The Dirty Dozen.” The theatre stood at the south end of Lauderhill Mall, bordered by a supermarket and a department store. The Loew’s 2 (later 16th Street Cinema), based in a smaller shopping center directly north of Lauderhill Mall, made its debut in 1971 with “The Last Picture Show.” Think GCC took over the Loew’s sites in 1973. By the time I finally visited for local exclusives of “Tommy” and “The Sunshine Boys,” it was an interchangeable GCC 1970s twin job. GCC ran it as a subrun dollar house after their newer Broward Mall fourplex opened, then turned it loose to local independent operators. Office space took over after closing.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 9, 2008 at 4:26 pm

The address was 1225 N.W. 40th Avenue

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2005 at 12:41 pm

The Lauderhill was down the street from the “16th Street Lauderhill”, both operated by GCC after Loews sold them several Florida sites.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 8, 2005 at 5:59 am

If you’re curious to see more Loew’s annual reports, I have compiled links to all of them from 1965 to 1985 inclusive. Loews Corporation sold off the theatre division in 1985 and then became primarily a tobacco and hotel company.

List of Loew’s annual reports, from

evmovieguy on July 7, 2005 at 8:27 am

Ron Newman-

South Florida: Ft.Lauderdale, Miami, Lauderhill, etc. has absolutely no hills or valleys. With the exception of the beaches South Florida has some of the most boring terrain humans have ever laid eyes on. Flat, overgrown, boring..yuck. To me it always looked like a big, dirty shag carpet.

Oh wait! There is one huge hill…a landfill, a mountain of trash, that’s visible from the Turnpike somewhere around Boca Raton(?). If you want to see a hill in S. Florida you can find it there, just hold your nose. But hey, the beaches can’t be beat and regardless of the lame terrain, I think at this point I would prefer living there in January instead of the Northeast any-day-of-the-week.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 7, 2005 at 8:14 am

I’ve never been to this part of Florida. Is it called ‘Lauderhill’ because it’s on a high hill or bluff above Ft. Lauderdale? (‘dale’ == valley)

dave-bronx™ on July 7, 2005 at 8:00 am

In those days, in addition to the Lauderhill Cinema, GCC had the Pompano Cinema, Sunrise Cinema I & II (now Galleria 4), and the Hollywood Cinema.

evmovieguy on July 7, 2005 at 7:36 am


I remember the Loews Lauderhill being a single screen as well. There were also two other theaters in that immediate area, but I can’t remember what they were called or exactly were they were. Actually one was right on 441. A single screen, and from what I remember somewhat ambitious in design. Definitely built in the 60s, just like everything else down there. Nothing existed in that area before then. I remember seeing ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ there. It may have been the GCC theater you’re talking about. I also saw ‘Animal House’ and ‘Grease’ in another theater around there. The design of that that theater was more ‘box-ee’ not ambitious or interesting like (what may have been) the GCC theater.

dave-bronx™ on July 7, 2005 at 1:24 am

When I was there in 1971, the Loew’s Lauderhill (a single-screen, then) was across the street from GCC’s Lauderhill Cinema, also a single-screen. Loew’s Lauderhill was their only theatre in Broward County, as I recall, and they had several in Dade.

evmovieguy on July 6, 2005 at 9:47 pm

I’m pretty sure I saw ‘Star Wars’ there in 1977. I had seen it a couple of times in one or two different theaters in the area and I distinctly remember seeing it there. Back then, the Lauderhill Mall and the Lakes Mall, located a few miles north on 441, were the two very accesible malls in the area, totally reachable by bus. I can remember going to both malls by myself or with friends when I was as young as 12 years old. Can’t beleive my parents actually let me run around like that so far from my neighborhood at a young age. Slightly different times I guess. This was before the Broward Mall opened around 1978.

Speaking of the Lakes Mall, does anybody have any info on the theater that was there called the Lakes 6? I saw many, many films there and hung around that mall a bunch. Jeez some of the films I saw at the Lakes 6:

Viva Knievel
Oh God!
Spinal Tap
Police Academy
Telefon (with Charles Bronson & Lee Remick)
and a few Midnight Movies

Mikeoaklandpark on July 6, 2005 at 5:28 am

This theater is long gone. I moved to Ft Lauderdale in 1996 and even than the Lauderhill Mall was a dump and mostly empty. I am not sure what year it closed. Lowes was not in the area when I moved there.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 5, 2005 at 7:59 pm

Here’s a link to Loew’s 1967 annual report. See page 6.

I do not know whether this theatre is still operating. Any further information would be appreciated.