GCC Sherman Oaks 1 & 2

4500 Van Nuys Boulevard,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 12:56 pm

March 17th, 1978 grand opening ad for cinemas III IV V in photo section.

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

Nice photos Ken Roe.

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

Where are you Stolberg?

Kurt Messerschmidt

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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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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 23, 2009 at 3:16 am

Dave; Here are your links, thanks for sharing them
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dtws
dtws on September 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

hm, sorry about those links…

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.

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!

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.

Haliwood1
Haliwood1 on March 29, 2008 at 5:03 am

Oh, and the best popcorn! I don’t know what it was (perhaps hot butter, and not room temperature-get me sick topping that they serve in theaters now), but my friends and I could never get enough. When we weren’t sneaking milk and cookies into a showing of “Tapeheads” on the 3-4-5 side.

Haliwood1
Haliwood1 on March 29, 2008 at 5:00 am

I have such great memories of the GCC Sherman Oaks. It was my favorite theater. I saw too many films there to count, but remember being there for the opening of “Lost Boys” when the film reel snapped, and having to return to see it, with a pass, at a later time. I remember the crowded nights (like the opening of “Jurassic Park” where it seemed like everyone in the neighborhood showed up) to the near empty shows (like the opening of “The Waterboy”). It’s where I learned to truly love films. And it was great to sneak away on a weekday afternoon for a matinee or two. If you worked there, I want to thank you, because I always was greeted with a smile, and felt very welcome. It was like being invited over to a friend’s house. It’s so sad to see the theater gone.

TimiKing
TimiKing on March 8, 2008 at 10:39 am

I met my husband at the GCC Sherman Oaks back in the Neal, Pat, George, Kara, Jeff, Pam, Steve, Danny, Darren, etc. days. It was the best first job I could have had and taught me a lot. I still tell people stories of throwing a customer’s change in the lobby after he rudely ordered Hot Tamales, my husband threatening to shove a broomstick up a customer’s @, and Neal literally throwing me out on my @ after poor customer service…imagine that! He taught me about letting things go and how to treat people for 4 years. Believe it or not, it stuck with me and I actually know how to treat people now. Those were great times full of laughter and fun. It was more like a family and a place you wanted to be. Thanks for the great memories Sherman Oaks!

saugezfree
saugezfree on December 17, 2007 at 8:57 pm

I miss the days of GCC and remember the Sherman Oaks theatre very well. I trained there before working at the South Bay theatres. I use to work at the GCC Montclair Cinemas for 12 years before going over to Paramount Pictures. I think working for Neal Stoldberg during the UA and GCC days was the best learning experience I had.

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 21, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Scott: GCC lovefest happening at the recently added Overlake I & II:
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markinthedark
markinthedark on August 21, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Oh, Scott! If only you could have been with me seeing Return of the Jedi as a kid in 1983 on the glorious shadowboxed screen in the corrugated-walled auditorium of the Villa Plaza I-II-III. Settling down in the white and red adjustable chairs. Waiting for the blue lights to dim and 20th Century Fox Logo to appear. Ah, the memories!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 21, 2007 at 11:28 am

Does anybody have pictures of ANY of the GCCs in Southern California? Sadly, my love for GCC started too late. :(

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 21, 2007 at 10:25 am

Anyone have any photos of the Sherman Oaks?

DannyWhite
DannyWhite on June 30, 2007 at 9:16 am

I worked for GCC Sherman Oaks and Neal Stolberg from late 1983 to 1991. Some of my best times were spent then.

I was on the construction/remodel of Sherman Oaks 1-2 and remember the day the windows needed to be removed. The construction company, Magnum, originally wanted to keep the windows but found out they couldn’t cut them again since they were tempered. So they decided to break them out. I remember a 6 foot wrecking bar being thrown like a spear at the south facing window. The bar bounced off! After a fews attempts they learned to hit the window on the very bottom at the frame, which shattered the window completely.

I don’t remember Neal with a gun, though.

tarantex
tarantex on May 14, 2007 at 9:26 am

Neal e-mAIL

William
William on May 14, 2007 at 2:12 am

Neal was a Great DM when I worked for the chain. And he ran a Good District, I never saw the problems that other chains had with him running the places. And Sherman Oaks was a fun place to work along with Beverly Connection, Avco, Fallbrook, Santa Anita and South Bay.

Lanstrider
Lanstrider on May 13, 2007 at 9:39 pm

I saw four films when it was the GCC chain. Titanic, James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies, There’s Something About Mary, Good Will Hunting, and As Good As I Gets. Nice place and the sound was GREAT!

alaskan55
alaskan55 on March 30, 2007 at 12:33 pm

John Tarantino —

How can I get a hold of you?

Neal

alaskan55
alaskan55 on March 30, 2007 at 12:33 pm

John Tarantino —

How can I get a hold of you?

Neal

alaskan55
alaskan55 on March 30, 2007 at 12:32 pm

John Tarantino —

How can I get a hold of you?

Neal