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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.
I agree with Manwithnoname, I live (actually close to him) in Monterey Park and go to the Chinese a lot. It will sell a lot of shows during the week, especially when a huge movie opens.
The Monterey theatre was torn down in the early 90’s after being vacant for years. Its now a parking lot for the hospital next door. It was located right next to the gas station that is on the corner of Hellman and Garfield, right off the 10 freeway.
Another possibility is that this theatre was torn down in the 70’s or 80’s when they built the shopping centre on Muscatel and Valley (where the supermarket is/was), since there are a lot of old buildings still existant between Muscatel and Mission. I drove by tonight but it was too dark to see.
700 block would have placed this theatre near the corner of San Gabriel and Garvey, where the old KMart store is located (now a chinese supermarket).
8900 block is where the old toytown used to be in Rosemead. That was just one block west of Rosemead blvd at muscatel. Oddly enough, the 1000 block shares number with San Gabriel. If this was the case, then the 1600 block of Rosemead would have been around here if not a block east, where “downtown” rosemead is located. Im thinking the theatre had to be located between Mission Dr and Rosemead on valley.
The AMC was torn down after the 1987 quake. I heard it suffered quake damage as the a result of the Whittier quake whos epicentre was located less than a mile away. It was replaced with some stores and a Kids R Us, which closed in 2004. Today its an Office Depot. This theatre was a standard 4plex AMC opened. It looked nothing special.
The Toys R Us closed in 2003. It was freestanding and located west of the Square. Its now a Levitz Furniture.
When did this theatre close? It was open pretty recently.
And it was a typical 80’s UA located in the Valley Plaza.
This theatre closed not get any bookings at all. It had Lord Of The RIngs: ROTK up through June. It was a full price second run house under AMC.
The Washington Mutual has opened. Oddly enough, the exterior has been kept the same The box office area is still there, and the marquee is still there. A back entrance has been added
The Stadium theatre was located in downtown Torrance. Also there were a few in Manhattan Beach, Redondo, and Hermosa.
These are south bay too.
The theatre today is an Unfinished Furniture store. The theatre was not converted so the angled floors still exist. The drapes still line the walls, and the smell of a theatre is still in the air. I walked through it yesterday and couldnt beleive the great condition its in. The only changes is in one theatre they added a huge roll up door to the outside for loading of furniture, and in another they built an office in part of the back (you can tell, the carpet still is on the floors).
There are 18 screens plus the Imax. I hate this theatre with a passion, the small screens are junk. I’ve never been in a large theatre. Do they even have a large theatre?!
The theatre has a lot more seats. I worked at this theatre from 1992-1996 and in 2001. The remodel was done in 2000 to convert the old main concession stand and 4 self-service stations into one large concession stand. They also redid lobby lighting, and the walls and floors. It now looks like all newer AMC Theatres. It also had 8 box office stations at opening, but after the remodel went down to 5 stations (the 6th in front is no longer used, and the two stations inside are no longer used).
It also has over 3000 seats. The theatres seat the following (approximately):
1, 10 – 275
2, 9 – 150
3, 8 – 225
4, 7 – 375
5, 6 – 475
One odd thing to note about this theatre, it is haunted. A Ghost has been seen by many in the projection booth, and lights have turned on mysteriously after being shut off. Theatre 9,10 have been the most haunted. A lady died in theatre 10 during a screening of Twister.
The address is 1475 N. Montebello Blvd, Montebello.
This theatre is located one block from the Balboa live theatre, and close to megaplexes in Gaslamp (Pacific’s 16 plex) and Horton Plaza (UA/Regal 14 plex)