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Ron Pierce commented about Victory Drive-In on Aug 16, 2017 at 3:39 am

As previously commented on this was an early William Oldknow theater, opening May 25, 1949.

News Clip in photo section.

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Ron Pierce commented about Capri Theatre on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

Opened August 18, 1921.

Opened as Capri June 29, 1960

News clips and ads are in the photo section

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Ron Pierce commented about UA Twin Cinemas A & B on Aug 6, 2017 at 10:16 am

Maybe because the cinemas inside the mall were 1-2-3-4.

For some reason I remember seeing Bugsy Malone inside the mall

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Ron Pierce commented about House of Blues Anaheim on Aug 5, 2017 at 10:53 pm

The theater opened September 27, 2008 and ceased operations August 17, 2015

Completely gutted and renovated, opening February 28, 2017, as House of Blues Anaheim

Grand Opening Announcement for House of Blues.

Photographs

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Ron Pierce commented about Laemmle Playhouse 7 on Jul 27, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Opened February 5, 1999, per Daily news of Los Angeles

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Ron Pierce commented about AMC Fashion Valley 4 on Jul 26, 2017 at 11:44 pm

(From the San Diego Union Tribune) As previously commented on, opened June 3, 1970. Closed December 31, 1995.

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Ron Pierce commented about AMC Mission Valley 20 on Jul 26, 2017 at 11:39 pm

The Mission Valley 20 opened December 11, 1995, with special Charlton Heston screenings. First run began on December 15.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

“Locally, the big news is the Dec. 15 opening of the area’s biggest multiplex, the AMC Mission Valley 20 at Mission Valley Center (which may doom the chain’s old Fashion Valley four-plex). The new theater will be inaugurated as a pleasure palace by Moses himself, Charlton Heston, who comes down on Dec. 11 for an all-day, free spree of 20 of his films, one on each screen, including such rarely seen (in theaters) Hestonflix as “Major Dundee,” “Mother Lode,” “The Naked Jungle” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Let’s hope for “Touch of Evil,” also; stay tuned for more news.”

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Ron Pierce commented about AMC La Jolla 12 on Jul 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

AMC La Jolla 12 opened December 8, 1994.

Here is a notice from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“SPECIAL EVENTS: Actor Tony Curtis will be saluted Thursday with a reception, book-signing and one-night film festival at the opening of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres. Twelve of Curtis' films will be shown, starting every five minutes beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. Films will include “Houdini,” “The Sweet Smell of Success,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “Naked in New York.” Co-sponsored by the Cinema Society of San Diego. Information: 454-7373.”

June 12, 1994 Architect: Los Angeles-based Altoon & Porter

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Ron Pierce commented about Lakewood Center 16 on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Since the Lakewood Theatre annex has long been closed, the last sentence that reads: “Currently both Lakewood Center theatres have a total of 25 screens” can be deleted.

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Ron Pierce commented about Universale Grand Cinemas 16 on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Renamed Universal Grand Cinema 16

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Ron Pierce commented about AMC Classic Woodbridge 5 on Jul 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The AMC website now lists this theater as playing first run, ($6.99 to $9.99 Adult). Same for La Mirada, except ($4.99 to $6.99 Adult). The renovation of the Wodbridge center is coming along but they haven’t reached the theater.

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Ron Pierce commented about Blue Mouse Theater on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Actually a cinema opened at this location 23 years before 1972. On September 7, 1949, Cinema Art opened in the basement of Western Sound and Equipment, a subsidiary of Intermountain Theatre Supply Co. Gordon Crowe, a 28 year-old advertising man, operated the 99-seat cinema as Salt Lake’s first art house, giving true meaning to underground cinema.

The previous July 24 the Salt Lake Tribune noted the new building was to be used as a screening room for film distributors and have vaults for film storage. Opening it to the public may have been an afterthought but the building owners were convinced by Mr. Crowe to give him a five-year lease. The lobby, also downstairs, served as an art gallery for local artists.

On April 9, 1950, Mr. Crowe was profiled in the New York Times in a quarter page article that fit neatly into their movie page. It was noted how against all warnings from film row he had made a success of the tiny theater. Mr. Crowe was convinced that in Salt Lake “there existed a small but solid audience that habitually sought out the ‘un-Hollywood’ type of motion picture fare.” His first film was The Quiet One, which he had viewed on a business trip to New York. The cinema’s early films, for a one-week run on a two shows a night basis, were filling the theater to 90 percent capacity. Crowe said he could break even with a 50 percent capacity at 75 cents a seat.

Cinema Art dropped out of the Tribune after February 15, 1953, and a notice read “available for private screenings.” According to Boxoffice Magazine March 7, 1953, Cinema Art had closed and would be used only as a screening room. There is some information that Cinema Art opened again but probably under different management.

Mr. Crowe went on to larger endeavors and his 2008 passing was even mentioned in Variety Magazine.

A 1949 photo of the building, news clip and ad are in the photo section. The New York Times story is divided into four sections for easier reading.

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Ron Pierce commented about District Theatres on Jul 16, 2017 at 12:17 am

Open again since July 7 as District Theatres

More Information

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Ron Pierce commented about Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 opened November 22, 1995.
Ads and news clips are in the photo section

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Ron Pierce commented about De Anza Theatre on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

The June 6, 1939, opening was a partnership between Roy Hunt and Fox West Coast Theatres. Other Hunt/Fox theaters were the Fox Riverside, Golden State, and Rubidoux (which closed when the De Anza opened).

The Fox Riverside is remembered as holding the first known preview for Gone with the Wind’ in 1939. After the Academy Awards were held February 29, 1940, Riverside residents were treated to a reprise at the De Anza starting March 7 for one week. GWTW continued its run at the Carthay Circle and United Artists in Los Angeles.

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Ron Pierce commented about AMC Bakersfield 6 on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

Currently closed for remodeling. Due to reopen in August.

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Ron Pierce commented about Golden State Theatre on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Redesigned by architect Welmar Lamar, the Golden State Theatre reopened October 15, 1928. Roy Hunt’s (mentioned in the news clip) partnership with Fox West Coast began in 1929 when the Fox opened. A news clip detailing the improvements and opening ad are in the photo section.

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Ron Pierce commented about Circle Theatre on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm

The Grand Opening ads for Teatro Chapultepec July 29,1926, and the renamed Circle Theatre October 1, 1936, are now in the photo section. AKA Radio Theatre,1935-1936. It closed in 1955.