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I don’t believe it had Dolby as it was pretty small. I saw a re-release of Star Wars, I mean this where Fulci movies would play. It had two screens with the concession stand dividing the two so you couldn’t jump theatres. You would buy your ticket outside and the box office was connected to the concession stand, so you would have to go to the left or right depending on what auditorium to get in. My first time there was probably ‘76 and it was kind of run down. The Island was another one I saw there.
Fix70 that’s why I stopped by here, lol. I saw it there that August. I remember walking out of the theater and it reminded me of the cantina, the building was rough stucco, mission style but but that round 70s architecture, with very few windows like it belonged on Tattoine, like you said bunker like, which was really cool. There was a Mexican restaurant in that building as well I want to say it was a Don Jose. They later put more screens in it by splitting those to large screens. In the 90s my girlfriend and I went there a lot, it was a 1.00 theater by then but it was still nice. I think the last picture I saw there was Schindler’s List. I have very fond memories of that place. I thought about painting a picture of it sometime.
Saw a ton of films here. Empire Strikes Back a bunch of times. The Shining, Bear Island, GhostBusters. I think the first film I saw here was shortly after it opened was a double feature of Bambi and The Apple Dumpling Gang. Great times here.
Loved this theater. First film I saw here was Close Encounters in 70mm, I still have the program. Raiders of The Lost Ark a million times. Poltergeist, Gandhi, Krull, rerelease of Empire Strikes Back which I originally saw at the Big Newport.
I loved this theater and I agree it was a classy place. I liked how there was a balcony upstairs where they had giant windows and you could see the projectionist and projector. Some of the films I saw there, and there was a lot as this was one of my favorite theaters. Re-release of A Clockwork Orange, advanced screening of E.T., Conan The Barbarian, Videodrome, Blue Velvet, Visiting Hours, Tootsie, Platoon, What About Bob, The Dark Crystal.
Some of the films I saw here. Time Bandits, Sixteen Candles, The Last Starfighter, The Karate Kid, Poltergiest, Shocker, Batman, House of Wax in 3D, Comin' At Ya 3D, Treasure of The Four Crowns, Jaws3D, Universal Soldier, Hard Target
This theater was a revival theater in the late 70s and 80s, a cross between the New Bev and the NuArt. Saw a lot of cool doubles like A Clockwork Orange with The Road Warrior, Night of The Living Dead with Texas Chainsaw. First saw Citizen Kane here, Spike and Mike Animation Festivals. I trip out on how many art and underground films I saw when I was still in my early teens.
If you were into Fulci in the 80s and Nazi exploitation in the 70s this was the place that played ‘em in OC. I remember seeing Benji then me and my buddy sneaking into the next door theater and seeing hot blonds with pig tails getting whipped by Nazis. I always thought it may have been Love Camp 7.
Here is a list of some of the films I remember seeing here.
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Outlaw Josey Wales, with the old man.
MacArthur, with the old man
Skateboard The Movie
Tom Horn, with the old man
A re-release of Star Wars
Ice Castles, it was with my sister so shut up.
The Gates of Hell
Waxwork, I actually drove myself to that one when I finally got a car. I believe that was the last film I saw there, that would have been 1988.
Must’ve seen Dawn of The Dead a few dozen times here at midnight screenings. The earliest films I remember seeing there are Corvette Summer, Orca The Killer Whale and Island of Dr Moreau. Saw The Thing here on opening day aside from my friends and myself there must’ve only been about three other people!