If you think Miami is eccentric now, you wont want to miss footage the citys club and bar scene in the 1980s. The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College (MDC) have hours of vintage video that captures Club 1235, Regine’s, Tobacco Road, and Fire & Ice, among other popular night spots during the Miami Vice years. South Florida Nights screenings, a component of the Wolfson Archives REWIND series, will take place from noon 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29 at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Free and open to the public, the screenings are 15 – 30 minutes in length and repeat during each ninety-minute screening.
Watch the May 1986 report by WTVJ’s Nick Bogert on trendy clubs, neighborhood hangouts and off-the-beaten-track nighttime adventures. A report on the opening night of Club OVO on Miami Beach leads a story covering high-end clubs, such as Regines and Cats. Other stories in the series seek out more relaxed joints, such as Duffys pub in West Miami, Tobacco Road near downtown and Satellite Club in Liberty City. Other featured spots include Chevys and Studebakers car bars, night tours of the Everglades and venues devoted to bowling and darts.
This program came about when we heard that Tobacco Road was closing, says Wolfson Archives Director Rene Ramos. We went looking for Tobacco Road materials and found much more.
South Florida Nights kicked-off with Art Before Basel, a selection of news stories covering Miamis art scene decades before Art Basel came to town, as well as other REWIND programs exploring Latino culture, the development of MDC campuses, and fads and follies of the 1980s.