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This theater has already closed. Its last day in operation was 6-13.
Anyone who is interested, I have uploaded 25 of the 225 pictures I took on Thursday night to the Cinematour page on Facebook. Other pictures will be posted on Cinematour in the future.
What he meant was this is the first 20 screen theatre built, and now its closing.
Another AMC that is different from the rest is AMC La Jolla 12. It opened in 1994 before the stadium seating era, and is strange design with 3 theatres down a little hall to the right side of the main lobby, and 9 theatres down the main hall.
On a side note, the Loews designed AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 in Monterey Park I beleive is the very last Lowes designed theatre to open. It has the look of a Late model Lowes theatre, but who knows what the inside will be like. There are pictures of it floating around, but here is the layout:
There will be 2 theatres in the mail lobby area, and 14 down the hall. This theatre is scheduled to open sometime next year. Walls are not up yet.
One last thing, it was never finished as of a few years ago and the upstairs recently was still closed.
The main words about this theatre: NEVER FINISHED.
this theatre is a relatively small neighborhood theatre. 10 relatively small screens (less than 150 seats) and two theatres that hold about 250-300. One of the main theatres is an LFX screen. When this theatre was built, it originally had 3 concession stands planned. One was never finished and never opened. Its used on occasion for some merchandise. The Elevator never opened to go to the upstairs level. In fact, for years……unfinished. Upstairs they originally planned a bar, then a kids room, then a coffee bar, then back to bar……but it was, you guessed it, NEVER FINISHED. The stairway is behind the Box Office.
I thought this was interesting.
I drove by the Globe today and noticed that they have finally replaced and restored the GLOBE letters on the marquee. not only that, the neon inside was lit and it was beautiful. Im glad that they finally have finished it. I wish I had a camera. But if you are in the area, stop by and look.
The north view shows the theatre before demolition.
The lower level was rebuilt as a loading dock area, and the upper area is now a Home Goods. If you go to Windows Live Local and look at the Beverly Connection, the south view shows the demolished theatre, and you can see the footprint of the three downstairs theatres. The sloped floors were all that was left when the picture was taken.
I worked at a 20 and 30 plex from 1998-2002. All the schedules were done manually by hand. Usually the first thing that was done was choosing the auditoriums for the films. Kids films that had only morning shows and could be used for interlocks for evening shows. Then showtimes were made. You would have a lot of shows starting at the same time (2 Saban Theatre:00, 2Saban Theatre:15, 2Saban Theatre:30 etc). You would have to adust times slightly to make sure auditoriums weren’t breaking at the same time next to each other. It was a tedious task.
The AMC Rolling Hills 20 started out originally as the AMC Rolling Hills 6. It was your typical early 80’s 6plex, mirrored in design to the AMC Marina Pacifica 6 amongst others. The theatre was always busy and expansion was needed. In the mid 90’s, it was determined that the theatre would be added on, and expanded to a 20 plex. A new 13 plex was added next to the old 6 plex (which stayed open, sans one doorway out) while the 6 plex stayed opened. AMC then opened the new 13 plex with stadium seating, and all theatres under 300 seats.
With the new theatre, the old 6 plex was semi gutted. The old 6 screens were rebuilt with stadium seating, and a 7th theatre was added where the former lobby was. The concession stand there was remodeled to form a very small satellite stand, and the restrooms were kept in the old lobby area, just long corridors led to them. Its definitely neat to see a movie in the old lobby!
Nevermind, i read the other article. So the 3 plex was to the east of the buffums store and then 6 screens added at the buffums.
Where was the 1,2,3 located at originally. I know the 9 plex opened when the old Buffums store closed and that was converted to the 9 plex.
The Alondra 6 actully had more than 1200 seats. Each theatre were narrow, with a center row, reminiscent of early AMC’s. The theatre actually stayed open as a successful dollar house for many years. It succumbed to the new theatres at Norwalk and Cerritos. It finally closed around 1998. It was ran as a unit of Norwalk 20 in its final days. The site was torn down.
Two interesting notes:
– sound was Mono all the way until the theatre closed. AMC never upgraded it.
– it had a crusty toilet in the booth for the projectionist that looked like had never been cleaned.
I may try and go if I am free that night.
The AMC Santa Monica 7 is three levels. 2 large theatres in the basement, two large on the ground floor and three small in the upstairs.
Mann National may not be dead
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The sign pictured at right showed up this weekend in the ticket window of the shuttered Mann National in Westwood Village, calling into question reports of the big-screen movie house’s reported “date with the wrecking ball.”
As previously mentioned on LAO, the Mann National is one of a dwindling number of big-screen theaters still standing in LA. It’s a place where “The Exorcist opened to huge lines and ran what seemed like forever, and same for The Godfather.”
Perhaps this means it has achieved a stay of execution, as some had hoped would happen.
For now, all I know is that the sign says “Theatre opening Friday May 11th.”
*UPDATED: Mann Theatres no longer leases the theater building and referred questions about its operation to Tom Daugherty, who said during a brief telephone interview that he and a partner now hold the lease. Daugherty said the ticket window sign is correct, that the theatre will reopen this Friday (May 11) with The Ex, starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet.
Daugherty said movie goers can expect the theatre to continue to show first-run features, just as it did under Mann.
If my memory serves me correctly, this theatre and the old Broadway department store were torn down for the construction of the Wal-Mart now at the mall.
This theatre is in the process of getting remodeled. Gone is the marquee, the west box office is closed, and stadium seating is going in. I dont know what is going to happen to the two auditoriums with balconies.
Our AMC had a policy that a seat could be saved up until the trailers started, then the seat needed to be given up.
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.
It looks like it is going to be a mix of art and second run.
This theatre used to be part of the AMC Chain.
The original theatre opened up in the 80’s by AMC, a typical 10 plex they built during that time (same as Bubank, Chino, Plaza). They got rid of it around the late 90s when they pulled out of the market and Cinemark picked it up.