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The 1-2-3 had 3D anaglyph 35mm projection. I remember seeing Jaws 3D, Spacehunter 3D, and Metal Storm 3D. Once the 4-5-6 was built, the 1-2-3 started to play movies like Friday the 13th and Avenging Angel type films while the 4-5-6 played the bigger films like Ghostbusters. Then the El Toro 5 across the street started to be the theatre that opened all of the blockbuster titles in 1984. The 1-2-3 had this weird landscape and waterfall displays behind the building. When you exited the auditoriums it led to this path where the waterfalls were. It was neat and weird at the same time.
The Hutton Center 8 was one of the few, if the only Edwards location, to play midnight movies weekly on Fridays and Saturdays which were always packed. They had THX sound systems as well. This was one of the better Edwards locations because the screen size didn’t cut off any of the scope image like some of the earlier Edwards theatres did.
Hey Ed, Just wanted to confirm that you are correct. When you would exit the Omnimax you would be able to see the projection area where the print would rewind. It was cool to watch that big 15/70 print start rewinding.
They were the first Orange County theatre to have THX sound in all of their 8 houses.
First of its kind in Orange County to have two Stadium Style theaters equipped with baby cry rooms. The two large stadium houses has 70mm capability. They screened 2 nice clean 70mm prints of The Hunt for Red October.
This was actually a cool theatre. Two of the six houses were these nice big stadium style houses with nice curved scope screens. The theatre was equipped with dts in all six houses. I saw Wyatt Earp and True Lies in their big houses. A shame it is gone.