Santa Clarita theater shortage

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 24, 2006 at 12:35 pm

SANTA CLARITA, CA — As evidenced by the number of articles you see on this website, new megaplexes are popping up all around the country to fulfill the growing suburbia. However, with a constantly rising population, the Santa Clarita Valley is not seeing a rising number of screens.

Every year, throngs of movie crews flock to the Santa Clarita Valley to capitalize on the area’s photogenic suburban streets and mountainous topography.

But these days the rapidly growing city is missing a key component in the film business: movie screens.

Santa Clarita has just two movie theaters and 22 screens for an area of nearly 168,000 residents.

To read more about this, visit the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Comments (6)

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on October 24, 2006 at 2:50 pm

Santa Clarita doubles for the fictional city of Agrestic, where the Showtime television show Weeds takes place.

There’s also a crazy long list of other film and tv credits.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 24, 2006 at 5:17 pm

The Edwards in Town Center closed when they opened the megaplex across the street. Mann closed it’s 10 plex but Edwards built another megaplex in Canyon Country. The Plaza 3 in Newhall also closed. Would theaters close if the biz was there to support them?

rivest266
rivest266 on October 24, 2006 at 7:58 pm

The Santa Clarita Valley has one screen for every 7,637 persons an good average.

http://movie-theatre.org/usa/ca/la/lancaster.pdf

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 24, 2006 at 8:54 pm

According to the figures quoted in the article, 22 screens serving 168,000 people is more than enough screens. You need 10,000 people per screen to have a good business. Not really enough people to support all those screens. No wonder the other theaters closed.

jmarellano
jmarellano on October 24, 2006 at 11:00 pm

This area could support a larger theatre by the civic center. This area does get a lot of crowd from Magic mountain, and the northern San Fernando Valley, which near San Fernando doesnt have a single theatre. One 20 screen complex could compete with the others perfectly in this area.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 25, 2006 at 3:38 am

I think it’s funny that people think the area is underscreened. I think Santa Clarita is fine, and that perhaps people are just so used to seeing a glut everywhere else.

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