GCC Santa Anita 4

400 S. Baldwin Avenue,
Arcadia, CA 91007

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This theatre was located on the second story of the Santa Anita Fashion Center (now Westfield Shoppingtown Santa Anita). It closed in the mid 90’s and was replaced with an Old Navy store.

It was a typical mall GCC with little flair. A small box office and a long corridor to the theatres in the back of the mall stores.

AMC, which bought GCC, later built a new 16 screen theatre in the same mall.

Contributed by Jeff Arellano

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br91975
br91975 on February 9, 2005 at 4:43 am

The GCC Santa Anita 4 closed sometime in ‘98 or early '99; I remember 'Saving Private Ryan’ having played there.

jmarellano
jmarellano on February 9, 2005 at 9:13 am

Anyone know when this theatre opened? Im guessing sometime in the 70’s (I beleive the mall was built during that time).

spikewriter
spikewriter on February 9, 2005 at 10:20 am

The main feature I remember about the Santa Anita 4 was that if there was a major feature playing it was a pain in the butt to wait in line for tickets for to be let into the theater or to visit any of the stores directly around the cinema because the “lobby” (said long corridor) just wasn’t set up to handle crowds. When I lived in Pasadena, I wound up going to the Pacific Hastings Ranch or the Mann’s Hastings Ranch, the UA in Old Town when that opened, or the Colorado, or Esquire to see features because they were just more pleasant and easier to deal with.

I still remember trying to do some shopping Memorial Day weekend of 1983 when the Santa Anita 4 was running “Return of the Jedi” almost non-stop for that opening weekend. The word “nightmare” comes to mind.

William
William on February 9, 2005 at 2:34 pm

The theatre might have opened sometime during late 1973 to 1974. Because GCC’s first theatre in Southern California was the Montclair Plaza Theatre.

Here is GCC’s unit roster from June of 1973.

WESTWOOD
Avco Center 1-3
Crest

BEVERLY HILLS
Beverly

HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood Cinema (aka. Paramount)
Holly
Century

REDONDO BEACH
South Bay Center 1-3

NORTHRIDGE
Fashion Center Cinema 1-3

SANTA MONICA
Cinema on the Mall

LOS ANGELES
Baldwin
Picfair

CANOGA PARK
Holiday

INGLEWOOD
Cine

GLENDALE
Roxy

PANORAMA CITY
Panorama

PASADENA
Colorado

CHATSWORTH
Cinema

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
Capri
Covina

GRANADA HILLS
Granda

WOODLAND HILLS
Valley Circle

OXNARD
Carriage Square Cinema

SAN BERNARDINO
Inland Cinema
Studio

MONTCLAIR
Montclair Plaza 1-2

LONG BEACH
Lakewood

FULLERTON
Titan

FOUNTAIN VALLEY
Fountain Valley 1-2

ANAHEIM
Century 21

BUENA PARK
Buena Park

STANTON
Stanton

So Santa Anita 4 and Woodland Hill 3 had to have come after that on the roster of units.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on February 13, 2005 at 9:44 pm

Likely this was the Cinema West 4 (1968 – 1969, single screen; 1974 – 1975, fourplex) later renamed Mall Cinemas 4 (1979 â€" 1990).

fliknpins
fliknpins on August 25, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Does anyone have a photo of this theatre??? Or does someone have a link to photos of it???

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 11:52 am

This was a great job. The view of the mountains and the horse track with all the wide open spaces was mystical. I use to relieve Bob, the regular projectionist, over there.

William
William on June 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

Bob later transfered over to their Sherman Oaks plex.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

You know a lot folks talk about how boring GCC theatres were.I wish I had little GCC triple to go back to instead of these Monster 20 plexes or more.You really miss it and managing a smaller theatre.But most of you wouldn’t understand.

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