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This Theater was later run by Socal Cinemas, Who Also ran the Wescove and The Eastland Theaters in the Covinas in the Late 80’s early 90’s
I don’t blame Landmark Theaters, for thier decision to close the Rialto Theater. They are in the business to make money. Landmark propsed a remodel some time ago, I asume as a point to starting a discussion. The multiplexing was the last proposal I heard. It may have not have been as bad as people think. Many people have only seen multi-plexing done on the cheap. Expamles are the Highland 3, The Academy, and the old Eastland theater. But anyone whos been to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood knows what a proper updating/remodeling can be like. Part of the Problem has been were the theater is located. I have a hard time with the people in South Pasadena. They work really hard in stopping things from happening. Examples are stopping a freeway extension, and keeping the the theater from being demolished. Outside of not protesting the construction of the Gold Line. They have protested the running of it. They are not really good at putting a plan togather for Preserving the theater, or doing something about the never ending trafic jam on Fair Oaks. I can see why a theater operator wouldn’t want to spend more money on a site that they didn’t have a future plan for. There is a costly changes coming to the movie business that are very expensive.
The Hastings fate has been sealed for some time. The theatre had been up for sale or leased for a long time. Pacific tryed to find a new theater company to come in a take over operations. There were no takers. There are very few Independent theater operator left in the area that could do that. The Theater needs some work. Some time last year Pacific took the theater off the market.
I guess Pacific and the landlord feels that building a new theater on the sites would not be supported by the local homeowner association. The local howowners came out against Pacific building a new theater in a near by shopping center. I understand the reason they oposed it, was over an obstructed view. I gussed they like the view of the freeway, gold line station and Apartment complx thats being built better.
The Mult-plex has become a fashion item. Statium seating, Digital Souind and Projection are all fashion items.For the theater companies and studios, the youth market is where its at. And the youth market likes new theaters.They have no customer loyality to the older theaters. Because of this life cycles of future movie houses will b much shorter.
The Panorama theatre may have started as a twin , but it had been multi-plexed by the time I visited it several times in the early 1990’s. The theartre appeared to be two separate structures. The main auditorium was on the north side of the complex, and seemed to have been left unaltered, It had a separate entrance and lobby with concession at street level on Van Nuys Blvd. This auditorium I think sat between 340 to 450 patrons. The structure to the south Contained the box office, the main lobby and concession, the south theatre had beenpoorly multi-plexed sometime in it recent past, splitting the theatre in to 4 separate screens with a central hall. There was a small hall that crossed the main hall halfway down the building. This made each auditorium is own separate little box. The doors to theses auditorium used to slam shut rather loudly. The curtain material that llined the walls of these auditoriums were in need of a real good cleaning. I do believe the name of the company to run the theatre was Cinemacal. Later on I think part of the building was a bueaty college
The Glendale Cinema 5 is being run as an indepent theatre by the Office building owner. I'am told that the theatre will be closed either at the end of September, or maybe late December. The theater which is part of the office buildings parking structure, will be torn down and rebuilt as more profitable office space.
The Glendale Cinema 5 is being run as an indepent theatre by the Office building owner. I'am told that the theatre will be closed either at the end of September, or maybe late December. The theater which is part of the office buildings parking structure, will be torn down and rebuilt as more profititable office space.