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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)
The Avco has been a fixture since the 1960’s in Westwood. It currently is a 4plex, but I beleive started as a twin, then both auditoriums split. It was built by General Cinemas, and remained so until AMC Took it over when it bought GCC.
The Mission Drive-In is the one you are thinking of in Montclair, off Mission Blvd on old US 60.
I beleive they added Stadium in all theatres now. I saw Passion here and it was not bad at all.
A Shame? Why would you even consider it a shame?! Most likely the old Empire would have been torn down and nothing would be left if AMC didnt step in to build this megaplex in the shell of the Empire.
This theatre used to be a really busy AMC Theatre. Upstairs there is a huge room that used to be the Regional Offices for AMC. For a while, it was a top grossing theatre. It really suffered when Century opened the Century 24 a few miles north, and the real nail in the coffin came when AMC opened the Block less than a mile away. At this time, both theatres were still ran by AMC, with Mainplace being used as an Arthouse, except for some larger kids fare.
AMC closed the theatre around 1999/2000. I cant remember the exact date. It was a really nice theatre to see a movie at when it was with AMC. I have heard the place is falling apart now.
Actually the theatre lot sat vacant and the remianing buildings were demolished about 1999. Today, a new home development sits on the lot.