Five Star Cinema
10155 Reseda Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: United General Theatres
Previous Names: Peppertree Cinemas
Opened on July 3, 1973 as a fully automated movie theatre, operated by United General Theatres. I first came to the Peppertree Cinemas in the fall of 1986 when I began attending nearby California State University, Northridge. At the time the theatre showed deep run movies for one dollar. It had three screens. This was a great bargain for a college student on a limited budget. In the parking lot was a Farrell’s (later briefly Barrell’s). This was a novelty ice cream chain that closed around 1987. A film for one dollar and then ice cream afterwards was quite the bargain.
The Peppertree Cinemas slowly raised their prices 25 cents here and there. They eventually required everyone to buy a card – for about one dollar – valid for six months to pay the cheaper price to see a film. Eventually the Peppertree Cinemas remodeled around 1990 and acquired the space next door. They built two new screens with very narrow auditoriums.
Sometime in the mid-1990’s the Peppertree Cinemas became the Five Star Cinema. It closed not long after that in the late-1990’s. A gym is now located in the space.
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