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Ken, I drove around to the back of the store. And I saw what looked like it could be a theatre. I was like, hmm…..I took some crappy pics on my cell phone if you would like to see, just email me.
So when I walked in the store I saw the shape and was like…hmm.
When my friend walked to the back room where the vintage guitars are, I was awestruck. Its the full screen area, from floor to ceiling.
What they did was add two side rooms next to the theatre to make the guitar center building bigger. I wonder what is behind all the fake wall in front. Unfortunately we may never know,
But definitely, this theatre is still existant.
I went into Guitar Center today. If you go in the store down a level to the acoustic room, and into the vintage room, not only can you see where the screen was located, but there is still some ornamental moulding on the ceiling. this is the only room where you can see this at, since drop ceilings were added to the other part.
Oddly enough, if you go upstairs in the Drum Store area, it takes you in part of what was the projection room.
Definitely a site to see.
If you look at terraserver, you can see the two newer auditoriums to the theatre:
The theatre was pristine when AMC ran it and was their Orange County flagship. I sat in numerous presentations there, even as a dollar house, that were tip top and great to watch. If I remember correctly, THX was in one of the auditoriums.
Oops, forgot about seating: It held ht following:
1,2,5,6,9,10,13,14 – All sat 200 each
3,4 – 150 Each
7,8 – 389 Each
11 – 500
12 – 575
3753 Seats total.
I took a tour of this theatre. The basement level (yes basement) holds the receiving room for the kitchen and offices. There is a huge employee breakroom down there with a private bathroom.
There are two elevators down to the basement, either through the regular lobby elevator or by the freight elevator in the kitchen.
Third level mezzanie has the entrance for handicapped to the big houses as well as the two side projection rooms.
There is a fourth level where the upper projection room is for the two main houses.
Driving by, construction crews are starting to gut out the theatre. Is demolition soon?
Anyone know when this theatre opened? Im guessing sometime in the 70’s (I beleive the mall was built during that time).
Unfortunately no Ron.
There are no plans for any theatre at all. AMC is building a new Century City 15 plex about two blocks down in the mall next to Macy’s. This will be the prime theatre.
The Schubert group was in talks to take over another theatre but I have not heard of what happened.
I had the pleasure to visit this theatre on Sunday with Ken Roe. Its a beautiful little theatre on an odd little side street.
The theatre does need a lot of work including tearing out the acoustic tiles and ceiling.
There is paintings on the wall, but are probably heavily damaged from the tiles and time.
The projection booth, although musty and low (the ceiling is only about 6'4" tall. Im that all and I hit the ceiling) is relatively clean. The tile union did build a handicap restroom in the back part of what was the auditorium and an office opposite it. They also replaced the original staircase with a makeshift one.
The marquee is gorgeous.
Thanks Ken. Had a mental lapse there.
There is remnants of the old theatre still when you visit. The concession area lighting and moulding is there, all the ceiling moulding in the auditorium remains, and much much more.
Today there is nothing left of the building that will remind you that it was a theatre, cept the flooring in front of the theatre.
Today, the unfinished furniture store only has one auditorium open for you to see, the second previous “showroom” is closed.
The auditorium is well intact with original seating that is in excellent shape. The building is locted between the Highland Park and Eagle Rock Districts of LA.
Also, this theatre is in the La Tijera district of Los Angeles, about 3 miles out of Westchester and the Airport area.
8260 La Tijera Blvd at the corner of Centinella.
In this theatre’s final days, it was an independent house. Pacific Dropped it sometime in the mid 90’s.
Today, it is a store. But the store only seems to take up what was once the lobby, box office, and concession area. I am curious to know what became of the theatres themselves, if they are part of the small store, or still intact in the back.
There is a directory of the mall. From the look of it, what would have been the theatre was once connected to to the mall section that later turned into a small food court.It looks like Fantastic Sams could be in what was once the Lobby of the theatre, the JoAnns the back of the auditoriums, and the Citibank the rear of it.
It will be a Lowes 14 Screen Theatre. Ground should be broken in 05.
It will be where the old Superior Pontiac once was. That lot has been just that, a lot, for ages now.
What is really sad, is the fact that they built a Walgreens down on Whittier and Greenleaf, about 1.5 miles away, there is a Sav-on across teh street, a Rite Aid at the Quad, a Rite Aid off Greenleaf less than a mile away, a new CVS on Whittier and Santa Fe Springs/Washington, and a new Sav-on being built at the Whittwood to replace the store in the mall that is going to be torn down.
Did we really need this Walgreens?
I actually worked with Randy Ruddy a few times. He was last working for AMC a few years back at their (now closed) Puente Mall 6. This had to be in 1997.
It is still a first run house. With the loss of 2 of the 3 multiplexes in Westwood (Mann Westwood 4, UA Westwood 4), this theatre will continue to get first run bookings for a long time…
The Edwards on Atlantic in Monterey Park or Alhambra. Hell, here are all the area theatres:
The Edwards Monterey Mall 3 Closed around 1999 after being a discount house for years. Its still vacant. No plans for it, and I highly doubt it reopening as a theatre since Lowes is planning a 14 plex just up Atlantic for 2006 (construction is supposed to start next year).
The Edwards Atlantic Palace in Alhambra is still open. It opened in 1988 to replace the Edwards Alhambra that was destroyed in the 1987 quake (Edwards lost all of their single screens and the Alhambra in 1987 due to the quake)
The Edwards Alhambra Place 5 on Bay State St opened in early 1980’s and survived until 2003, when it was closed after Regal opened the Alhambra Rennaisance up the block (Oddly enough, it shares product with the Atlantic Palace 10). This was torn down earlier this year and will be turned into senior housing.
Finally, the Temple City 4 opened by Edwards recently closed in 2004, after being opened for 20some years. It was opened a month later as a Regency Theatre and still shows first run flicks. I sense it being squeezed again by the Santa Anita 16 AMC just opened in Arcadia.
Correction: The Rosemead 4 was damaged in the 1987 whittier narrows quake, as the epicentre was only a few miles away.
It was torn down and replaced with a Kids R Us store (which closed in 2004, replaced by an Office Depot) and a couple little shops (both closed and now house a Party City). It was a typical shoebox AMC at the time, similar to the (now defunct) AMC Puente 4 in Puente Hills.
I used to frequent this theatre as a kid growing up. I thought it was way better than the Edwards in Monterey Park because it had 4 screens, not 3.