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Its also in West Covina, not Covina.
The Chain was SoCal Theatres.
This theatre closed for good around 1999. For years after closing it was a church. The city of West Covina, is planning to tear down the theatre, and all surrounding businesses, for a supermarket center.
2504 E. Workman Avenue is the correct address of the theatre
AMC Covina 30 which is of a different design has only about 4500 seats. Most of the auditoriums are only 75-100 seats with 4 in the 250 range, 2 in the 380 range, and 2 in the 500 range.
Joe, the Kmart opened when I was young. I beleive in the early 80s cause I remember it opening. This Kmart only lasted a few years and was closed by the late 80’s, becoming a Builders Square store for a few years, then closing in the early 90s. It was vacant for several years before a Chinese supermarket moved in by the mid 90’s. I remember seeing them gut out the store, and they still had the Builders Square interior still there.
Thanks Bill. I do recall the inside theatre. It was kind of in between May Company and JCPenney (I only recall this mall having two anchors). I only went to it a handful of times before it closed.
This theatre closed prior to the renovation of the mall in the mid 90’s. It was replaced by the UA 11 plex down by Macys. The location today is filled by The Finish Line. The Main Part of the store in the back is where the auditoriums were. It was a typical shoebox. I went there before the theatre closed.
Was this the outside the City Mall, near JCPenney / The City Tower?
The space that was once the theatre is now a DSW Shoe Warehouse
Oh, and yes, its still closed.
This theatre is still there. Marquee and all. It closed not long after the opening of the Edwards West Covina 18 down the street, and the AMC Covina 30. I want to say it closed around 1997, along with the Eastland 5 a year or two later (both were owned by SoCal Theatres).
I beleive this theatre is still there.
I drove by this block and when in the parking lot of the Washington Mutual building across the street, I noticed what looked like a stage house in the back of the building. From the front, you can tell that its not the original facade, but there is only a set of center doors to enter teh building.
I have looked at it on Google Earth, and you can see something that looks like a stage house and the roof that looks like it could angle where the seats are.
I have uploaded a pic of it here from Google Earth.:
After the selling of both AMC’s in San Francisco, they will re-enter the market when they take over the Metreon. So keep the cards and points, you will still need them for the Metreon.
I would like to know what lurks upstairs beyond the door next to the concession stand. The original staircase to teh upper lobby is still there, along with what I beleive to be the two doorways into the old lobby. The back of the theatre there is used today as a game room. The old theatre was cut into two and two theatres built into it. Six additional screens were built in the back of the old one. This theatre has stadium seating in all 8 screens, and the two large houses have really good sound.
The hall to the theatres im thinking could have been most likely part of the original auditorium.
Yea, the status on this theatre should be OPEN. It is a 2nd run
Here is a satellite look at the old AMC 4 in 1994, and the Regal in 2005.
I had made a comment on this, why was it deleted?
Anyhow, this theatre was located in the East End of what used to be the La Habra Fashion Square. When the mall was closed, the entire area except for the outbuildings and the theatre were torn down.
The theatre lived into the new center. After AMC Closed the theatre in 1992, Krikorian Premiere Theatres ran the cinema for a few years, then was sold to Regal Theatres, which bought most of Krikorian’s theatres.
Regal closed the theatre and built the stadium next to it. Today, the parking lot on the side of the Regal is where the old AMC once stood.
Dont forget that on the west end of the valley, this theatre had competition from AMC’s Promenade 16, and just north of it there was the Mann Plant 16.
This theatre lasted a long time.
Picture of the sign there.
was this theatre an AMC at one point in its early life?
Downtown Renewal? La Habra’s downtown was located on La Habra Blvd. Thats a little ways away.
So Agreed Chris. Glad to see you!
This theatre has been demolished.
The 5 plex is still open and operated by Pacific as either a move over theatre from their Galleria 16 about a mile away, or art product does open here as well.
This theatre was operated by AMC when GCC was sold to AMC. AMC closed the theatre when they sold the 5-plex to Pacific Theatres.