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1978 - the Omni Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard at the Omni International Mall
22-DEC-1978 Courtesy of Duane Zimmerman

1978 - the Omni Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard at the Omni International Mall

1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida


Thank you to Duane Zimmerman for contributing this old image. The Omni Hotel was part of the Omni International Mall that was built on the north and east sides of the long-standing popular Jordan Marsh store. The hotel and mall opened in 1976 and featured Jordan Marsh as the south end anchor department store and a J. C. Penney's as the north end anchor department store. There were two levels of other national chain stores, a movie theatre, and restaurants in between the anchors. The Omni mall also had a "Treasure Island" - a children's entertainment area with a Florida-themed carousel, video games and other rides and carnival type games. Jordan Marsh closed in the early 1990's, Penney's closed afterward and the mall was in a downhill spiral, finally closing in 2000. Two floors of the Jordan Marsh are now an art school.

The hotel has changed brands several times and is now the Hilton Miami Downtown with 527 newly renovated guest rooms including 58 suites that overlook Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami.
http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/MIADTHF-Hilton-Miami-Downtown-Florida/index.do


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Sergio Z. 21-Apr-2013 13:32
Does anyone remember a science store at Omni mall? As a kid back in 1978, I remember visiting this store and being in utter amazement. They showcased moving robots, high-end telescopes and the latest electrical gadgets. What an era.
F. Izquierdo 22-May-2012 20:30
I loved this place. Does anyone remember Treasure Island? I think that was the name of the arcade. Great place for kids. My friends and I would go to the OMNI all the time to catch a movie. I remember going with my wife (girl-friend then) to see Mississipi Burning. Don't know why they closed it down. My kids would have enjoyed it.
Retro Vic 25-Feb-2012 03:24
I cannot believe there are so few photos of this mall (1976-1980) which was really when it was great. Does anyone out there remember: Key West Aloe, The Time Machine, Helmut's Streudel, Per Spook, Ugo Di Roma, Focus, Wong Kai, Scaramouche? I used to spend alot of my hard earned money in these stores & many more of the disco era. There was a really cool designer jeans store across from the Greek Gyro place on the second level, and there was also a record store around there somewhere where I used to buy all of my (vinyl) disco albums & 45's can't remember the name. Then I would spend quarters by the roll in the Time Machine on Satan's Hollow, Phoenix, BurgerTime & Star Trek simulator. I remember vividly seeing the following movies at the AMC Theatres: The Spy Who Loved Me (Bond), Star Trek The Motion Picture, Logan's Run, Halloween, Friday The 13th....LOL. PLEASE if anyone else out there has pics or memories to share please post here!
Retro Vic 25-Feb-2012 03:23
I cannot believe there are so few photos of this mall (1976-1980) which was really when it was great. Does anyone out there remember: Key West Aloe, The Time Machine, Helmut's Streudel, Per Spook, Ugo Di Roma, Focus, Wong Kai, Scaramouche? I used to spend alot of my hard earned money in these stores & many more of the disco era. There was a really cool designer jeans store across from the Greek Gyro place on the second level, and there was also a record store around there somewhere where I used to buy all of my (vinyl) disco albums & 45's can't remember the name. Then I would spend quarters by the roll in the Time Machine on Satan's Hollow, Phoenix, BurgerTime & Star Trek simulator. I remember vividly seeing the following movies at the AMC Theatres: The Spy Who Loved Me (Bond), Star Trek The Motion Picture, Logan's Run, Halloween, Friday The 13th....LOL. PLEASE if anyone else out there has pics or memories to share please post here!
Edward C 18-Apr-2011 05:53
The Omni was my absolute favorite place in the whole world... I even wrote an article/editorial on it . It's such a shame it closed down.
Edward C 18-Apr-2011 05:44
Love this pic. Would love to see more pics of the Omni, especially in its heyday!
miamihulk23-Mar-2010 01:59
Hi! Do you remember the lower mall area where there was a boxing wooden ring with ropes around there and the mall BLDG's collums with ropes around them where it became a food court in 1986 at the Omni Mall. Wow that was very cool area of the mall. I felt very sad that it closed in 2000. It would be a success during the present time!! Please email me and discuss about the Omni mall how it use to be!!! I know a lot of history of the mall!! miamiblandino1978@yahoo.com Mike I was born in 1978, That's how I grew up going to the Omni!!