Eagle Rock Plaza 4

2700 Colorado Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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josephsobora
josephsobora on August 17, 2017 at 7:57 am

It was reopened as “Eagle Rock Plaza 4” on Friday, January 15, 1999, listed on the Independent Theatre Movie Guide from L.A. Times.

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Mccarthy
Mccarthy on August 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

As a movie-crazed kid growing up in Glendale, I felt like I came to the Eagle Rock Plaza theaters at least once a week through the eighties, into the early ‘90s. (The fact that it was walkable from Glendale High School did not hurt.) The theaters themselves were unimpressive, but they stole many of the best first-run movies away from the “better” theaters on Brand Boulevard in Glendale. I distinctly recall that, in the summer of 1982, they had E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Rocky III and Poltergeist running simultaneously. If you went to the theater on a Saturday night, the line would be so long it would snake halfway down the bottom floor of the mall.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 6:23 am

This opened on October 3rd, 1973. its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section. It was taken over by Pacific Theatres in 1986 and closed in 2001.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on January 17, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Wasn’t the original Eagle Rock sign different in the 70s/80s? I can’t find ANY vintage pics of the place

Impumag
Impumag on January 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

Yeah it was on the 1st floor I had my 1st kiss there wow weird. Oh and to Joe W the janitor took the money it was an opportunity not planned he happen to see it in the bag with the zipper and everyone knows what a money bag looks like. He didn’t think it was really the money because it was so packed but he looked and there it was. He waited there which I’m sure seemed like 10 years and he no doubt was sweating with a heartbeat he can see through his shirt. For a while he stood there contemplating what to do and thinking someone just might walk in at that moment. He wanted to just take it and run. The manager went to the restroom for a long time apparently. So he finally threw it in the trash with wheels he used while working and rolled it away and proceeded to keep working and look as normal as possible. When the cops got there he already hid it in a safe place but they never even batted an eye his way. Later he went home when it was time then came back at 2 am and got the loot. Cameras were available this is what happens to cheap skate owners and careless managers. Sad but true there are scumbag people everywhere and you’d never know it no matter how good you think you know them. Case: ~SOLVED~

JoeW
JoeW on December 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

Joseph, The theater was not on the second floor, it was on the first floor. I worked there when Phantasm showed in 1979! In early 1979, someone walked off with about $10,000 in cash from the managers office. They were sure it was an inside job but they could never prove who did it. They polygraphed everyone but never solved it.

fieldight
fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 4:27 am

I saw Phantasm as a kid 1978 there!!!

mrquisp
mrquisp on August 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Boy, how I remember those shoebox shaped theatres there. I remember how big of a thing it was when the Eagle Rock Plaza, and its theatres, opened since it was the first mall and multiplex in the Glendale area. I remember seeing Rocky and Jaws 2 there (among other films) and how easy it was to just from one theatre to another to see movies, and not get caught.

Roxy_Employee
Roxy_Employee on September 13, 2011 at 5:53 am

I worked there a couple of times under Pacific Theatres During the mid-80’s

josephsobora
josephsobora on August 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

The Eagle Rock Plaza Theatre, that was located on the second floor next to Wards (Now Target), was owned and operated by Pacific Theatres since 1973. It became second-run in the fall of 1996, and was closed in September, 1998. An Independent theatre operator took over the theatre around January, 1999 after the theatre was newly remodeled and closed down for about a few months and lasted until November, 2001. I remember seeing a lot of movies there such as “Short Circuit 1 & 2”, “The War of the Roses”, “Good Burger” and many others. They basically played movies on 4 screens whenever the Glendale area isn’t playing there. It was a good theatre that lasted for 28 years. I still missed it from this day.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on June 2, 2009 at 5:25 am

i still live around the corner from the Eagle Rock Plaza, all i remember (during it’s final years) was one of the screens looked like it had a heavy diffusion lense on the projector. The first patented “Murko-vision”.
I’d be interested in hearing more about this place in the 70’s. Too bad there are no cinema’s left in the eagle rock area. The theatre scene is dead. These are the final years before D-Day

William
William on July 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm

When Pacific Theatres operated this theatre the seating capacities were 244, 244, 244, 227.

jmarellano
jmarellano on September 9, 2006 at 12:50 pm

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Looking at the website for the mall, the area where the theatres were are now used as storage for Target. Check out the above link and you can see the four theatres and emergency exits. The lobby was turned into a shop and hallway for access to this area.

JoeW
JoeW on October 21, 2005 at 3:47 am

This theater open in the summer of 1973 when the Eagle Rock Plaza opened. It did great business for many years. There would often be long lines outside, especially when first run movies were there. I worked there in 1979 for a few months and it was a great place for a movie buff to work because they let you watch movies all day long.

Now closed and divided into several stores.

MRY886
MRY886 on July 4, 2005 at 7:07 pm

The Eagle Rock Plaza was bought a couple of years ago by the Westfield group that officially changed its name to “Westfields Shoppingtown, Eagle Rock”. No one calls it that. The theater closed sometime after that sale. I have a feeling that the events are more than just a little related. Most of the stores have changed as well, including the removal of a Bobs Big Boy Jr that, like the theaters, had been there since the mall opened in 1971. I worked for several months at the May Company that also opened in the beginning. The theaters did do first run movies and we saw a lot of great films there. With the closure here, along with the closure of the Eagle Theater, which is now a church, the only open theater left in Northeast Los Angeles is the L. A. Smith designed Highland Theatre in Highland Park. I’ve been told that the theaters at the Eagle Rock Plaza are being used for storage, but there are plans to open a “Chucky Cheese” restaurant, which may take some of the space.

jackhicko
jackhicko on May 25, 2005 at 1:26 am

Strangest mall parking lot anywhere! For late shows, you had to park clustered around the north door in this quasi-subterranean parking level. It’s partially on a hill which explains the need, but it sure is ugly!
I remember a theater full of screaming brats during ROBOCOP. The film soon picked them up and shook them so hard that they sat stunned with their mouths hanging open. I still love ROBOCOP for this great feat it accomplished. (I mean 12-year-olds and yes, it’s rated R).
The Hillside Strangler met one victim at this mall in a bar/restaurant near the theater.

120305
120305 on March 30, 2005 at 5:37 am

when i was a kid… i used to hate going here because the seats were so high… you could barely see the screen

jmarellano
jmarellano on January 12, 2005 at 6:30 pm

In this theatre’s final days, it was an independent house. Pacific Dropped it sometime in the mid 90’s.

Today, it is a store. But the store only seems to take up what was once the lobby, box office, and concession area. I am curious to know what became of the theatres themselves, if they are part of the small store, or still intact in the back.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2005 at 11:04 pm

In the Los Angeles Times theatre listings for Sunday, August 24th, 1986, this multiplex is called simply the Eagle Rock. It was being operated by Pacific Theatres, and all four screens were presenting first run films. They were “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,Part 2” “Extremities,” “Stand by Me,” and “Ruthless People.”