GCC Sherman Oaks 1 & 2

4500 Van Nuys Boulevard,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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The GCC Sherman Oaks Theatre originally opened as a twin in the mid 70’s, but a year or so later GCC added a triplex theatre across the street from the twin theatre. So the twin was known as the Sherman Oaks 1 & 2 and Sherman Oaks 3,4,5. The twin featured two large 500 seat auditoriums, later featuring THX sound systems.

While the triplex featured three long bowling alley type theatres. The triplex would last till the Northridge earthquake damaged the building. GCC rebuilt a new fiveplex on that site. The twin was a favorite with the studios for films in the Sherman Oaks area in the valley and as a major studio preview theatre during the 1990’s.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Knatcal
Knatcal on July 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I remember this theater often being quite crowded. Maybe because of this I did not frequent it and only saw a few films here even though I have lived in or near the San Fernando Valley for most of my life. A Best Buy, with a small parking structure behind the store, now occupies the site.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I went to High School in Van Nuys and, after getting a driver’s license, used to come here quite frequently after school on Fridays. Biggest flick I saw here was “Backdraft” – sound and picture were top notch!

dtws
dtws on September 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm

A few more, pre-demolition:

<a rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.flickr.com/photos/davethewetsprocket/3876568016/sizes/o/” >one</a>
<a rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.flickr.com/photos/davethewetsprocket/3875777905/sizes/o/” >two</a>
<a rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.flickr.com/photos/davethewetsprocket/3876568630/sizes/o/” >three</a>

I’ve got maybe a dozen other shots of the place as it was being gutted for salvage. I was the last manager out, spent many nights those last few months going through and boxing up operations notes from over the years. Technically, the theatre site is now parking- the Best Buy occupies the old theatre parking lot.

dtws
dtws on September 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

hm, sorry about those links…

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 23, 2009 at 3:16 am

Dave; Here are your links, thanks for sharing them
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I WORKED FOR GCC IN AUGUSTA,GEORGIA . THE COMPANY WAS REALLY A HARD WORKING PLACE FOR AN ASSISTANT MANAGER ON A SALARY. WITH KID SHOWS AND MIDNIGHT SHOWS WE FIGURED WE WORKED ABOUT 80 HOURS A WEEK or 1.25 an hour IN THE EARLY 80’s. THAT IS NOT EVEN WRITING ABOUT THE REGULAR FEATURES THAT ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE TO START AT 10 pm.

dtws
dtws on January 14, 2010 at 2:50 am

added a few more images from the emptied twin. 8 in total.

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km109
km109 on April 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Where are you Stolberg?

Kurt Messerschmidt

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Nice photos Ken Roe.

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