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The drive-in closed in 1983! Pacific was to build a 8 screen movie theatre complex however the city had lots of restrictions! Pacific still owns the land and buildings. They are making a fortune without showing a movie! They did the same thing with the VEntura 101 Drive-In
Wrong! The other theatres in Oxnard in the 1970’s were “THE FOX” “CARRIAGE SQUARE” AND THE “MARINA CINEMA” which was at one time called “THE jerry Lewis Theatre”. In 1980 The Marina Cinema started playing XXX but it was never called Mini-Ciniema. In 1984 The Marina Cinema went back to regular movies and was re-named “The Channel Islands Theatre”. It was closed for go in the late 1980’s.
The Fox theatre in Oxnard Closed in the Fall of 1982. The Carriage Square theatre was turned into a twin theatre around 1972. In 1984 they added 3 more screens. In 1974 The Esplande Mall had a new theatre with three screens open! Sadly by the end of the 1990’s all of these places along with “The Skyview Drive-In” were all closed.
I lived in Oxnard! They never showed “SPANISH” porn here. They played American Movies dubbed in SPanish or Subtitled in Spanish! The movies they did play were horror movies most of the time! They never played “porn”.
The old Mann Theatre was called the “FOX”. I know I worked there in 1984-1985. In December of 1982 the movie theatre became a “Twin Theatre” and renamed the Mann Ventura Twin . Its opening movies (when it reopened) were Screen #1 “THE TOY” and Screen #2 was “Airplane II”. The last movie it played as a single screen was “An Officer and a Gentelmen”. This closed in the spring of 1998.
Since I worked there I also know the church next door were not nice neighbors. The “YOUTH GROUP KIDS” of that church use to make mess in the churches parking lot but they would blame our customers! So they always got a free “clean up on us”
In June of 1984 the movie theatre also became a concert hall! The opening concert was “The Pointer Sisters” who were hot at that moment in time. There last Recorde yielded the Hits “Neautron Dance” “JUMP” “Automatic”. Also an earlier song they recorded for another Alblum was re-issued and became the groups best known song which was “I’m so Excited”
The Ventura Theatre biggest movie they played was “Return of the Jedi”. Sadly the sound system there was never “above okay”
The Ventura Theatre was never a “Mann” theatre. The old Mann Theatre was called the “FOX”. I know I worked there in 1984-1985. In December of 1982 the movie theatre became a “Twin Theatre” and renamed the Mann Ventura Twin. Its opening movies were Screen #1 “THE TOY” and Screen #2 was “Airplane II”.