Gaslamp 15

701 5th Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92101

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The Pacific Gaslamp 15 is a multiplex theater located in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. The building was designed by the firm of Benson & Bohl. A review that I read calls this theater “A multiplex with style”.

This is part of that review:

“So the cozy movie house is all but extinct. Hey, at least this multiplex has style! It is the grande dame of the Gaslamp’s matriarchy of Victorian buildings: Its art deco, Puttin' on the Ritz exterior is spectacular. In the lobby, the same kind of top-hatted poshness is achieved via lavishly patterned, thick carpets, "Gone With The Wind” staircases (inside it’s a two-story affair), and concession people dressed just like genuine riverboat gamblers whose fortunes have taken a bizarre turn".

In 2010, it is operated by Reading Cinemas.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2005 at 4:20 am

Here is another photo of the Pacific Gaslamp 15. Caption with photo reads:

“A notable exception to the dreary formula of most contemporary multiplexes is this tour de force in the turn-of-the-century district of downtown San Diego. It respects and celebrates its neighborhood instead of violating it. The four-story 15-screen theater touts itself by stating: "Its art deco Puttin’ on the Ritz exterior is spectacular. In the lobby, the same kind of top-hatted poshness is achieved via lavishly patterned, thick carpets, Gone With the Wind staircases (inside it’s a two-story affair), and concession people dressed just like genuine riverboat gamblers whose fortunes have taken a bizarre turn.” It is just this kind of pizzazz that is sorely lacking in so many of the contemporary buildings of today".

rabohl
rabohl on April 20, 2007 at 5:47 am

This project was designed by BENSON & BOHL ARCHITECTS of San Diego, CA. For additional information on this and other B&B theaters, see www.bensonbohl.com

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 19, 2008 at 8:52 am

Here is a close-up view of the Gaslamp 15.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2008 at 5:37 pm

This is no longer the Pacific Gaslamp 15. It’s being called the Gaslamp Stadium by its new operator, Reading Cinemas.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 26, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Fandango gives the name as Gaslamp Stadium and Reading Cinemas gives the name as Gaslamp 15. Gaslamp 15 is probably the name that should be used since it is given on the theaters website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm

This is another photo of the Gaslamp.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Two interior photos can be seen here and here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

Here is a 2009 photo and the Pacific name still hasn’t been removed.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

This opened in November 1997

San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) – November 6, 1997

Life in the age of the ‘plex Gaslamp 15 looks like a movie house … now if it would just act and sound like one … It is called the Pacific Gaslamp 15 Theater and it has no gas lamps — or Ingrid Bergman in “Gaslight.” But it might be a gas, as Sinatra would say: 73,000 square feet including 15 theaters, with “wall-to-wall” screens up to 30 by 46 feet large, plus raked “stadium” seating, plush red seats, lights shaped like Academy Awards, digital sound and a lobby fit for a train depot — or a “popcorn

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