Cinerama Theater

5889 University Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92115

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dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on July 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

To correct myself I would like to say that I was at the Cinerama in 1964. This was my 2nd tour in San Diego.

llco64
llco64 on May 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

Such a shame. I got to see Hair at the University Ave. Cinerama thanks to Mr Koldoff.

neeb
neeb on August 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

CINERAMA PART III (1984 to 1988): SATURATION AND GÖTTERDÄMERUNG

As the release patterns of movies changed, the Cinerama lost its distinguished role as being one of the few theaters that offered exclusive engagements in San Diego. Films would no longer open at one theater for their premiere run. Instead, they would open at several theaters on their opening day. Despite this, the Cinerama would continue to host significant runs for such films as Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Amadeus, and Top Gun. In 1988, against the wishes of its parent, the Cinerama was closed and demolished by the land owner, the Douglas Allred Company.

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates represent the first day of commercial release and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm – mono sound presentation. All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

01/20/84 … SCANDALOUS (2 weeks)
02/03/84 … AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
02/17/84 … BROADWAY DANNY ROSE (5 weeks)
03/23/84 … TENDER MERCIES (RE)
03/30/84 … GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/01/84 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/20/84 … BEST DEFENSE (3 weeks)
08/10/84 … THE NATURAL (MO, Dolby Stereo)
08/17/84 … SHEENA (Dolby Stereo)
08/24/84 … SHEENA / GREYSTOKE (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
08/31/84 … BOLERO (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/14/84 … THE RIGHT STUFF (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/19/84 … AMADEUS (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/05/84 … BEVERLY HILLS COP (19 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

04/19/85 … THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/03/85 … STOP MAKING SENSE (Dolby Stereo)
05/10/85 … RUSTLERS’ RHAPSODY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/31/85 … RUSTLERS’ RHAPSODY / PLACES IN THE HEART (Dolby Stereo / Mono)
06/07/85 … A PASSAGE TO INDIA / THE COTTON CLUB (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
06/14/85 … D.A.R.Y.L. (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/28/85 … D.A.R.Y.L. / DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (Dolby Stereo / Mono)
07/03/85 … AMADEUS (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/12/85 … EXPLORERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/26/85 … THE HEAVENLY KID (Dolby Stereo)
08/02/85 … THE HEAVENLY KID / ST. ELMO’S FIRE (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
08/09/85 … AMADEUS (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08/16/85 … THE BRIDE (Dolby Stereo)
08/23/85 … THE BRIDE / THE EMERALD FOREST (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
08/30/85 … ST. ELMO’S FIRE / THE EMERALD FOREST (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
09/06/85 … ST. ELMO’S FIRE / THE BREAKFAST CLUB (Dolby Stereo / Mono)
09/13/85 … ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE (3 weeks)
10/04/85 … JAGGED EDGE (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/04/85 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01/17/86 … RUNAWAY TRAIN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
01/31/86 … WHITE NIGHTS / ENEMY MINE (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
02/07/86 … WHITE NIGHTS / WITNESS (Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
02/14/86 … QUICKSILVER (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/28/86 … PRETTY IN PINK (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/18/86 … PRETTY IN PINK / YOUNGBLOOD (Dolby Stereo / Mono)
04/25/86 … JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS / MURPHY’S ROMANCE
05/02/86 … BLUE CITY (2 weeks)
05/16/86 … TOP GUN (20 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10/03/86 … CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (8 weeks)
11/25/86 … CROCODILE DUNDEE (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/12/86 … THE GOLDEN CHILD (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/30/87 … PLATOON (16 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/20/87 … BEVERLY HILLS COP II (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/22/87 … SUMMER SCHOOL (2 weeks)
08/07/87 … BACK TO THE BEACH
08/14/87 … CAN’T BUY ME LOVE (2 weeks)
08/28/87 … HAMBURGER HILL (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/18/87 … FATAL ATTRACTION (13 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/18/87 … EDDIE MURPHY RAW (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/15/88 … MOONSTRUCK (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/25/88 … A NEW LIFE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/08/88 … ABOVE THE LAW (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/06/88 … SALSA (2 weeks)
05/18/88 … TOP GUN (RE, Dolby Stereo)

05/23/88 … DARK

neeb
neeb on August 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

CINERAMA PART II (1970 to 1984): SAN DIEGO EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT ERA

5889 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92115

Films that played during these years often premiered and remained at the Cinerama exclusively during their run. While this was represented by extended runs of films like Deliverance or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, on many occasions, films that didn’t perform well were paired with a second feature for the last part of their runs. Return Engagements of other popular hits were even returned to the Cinerama when even those pairings proved to be of limited appeal.

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates for this part represent the first day of release or premiere, and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, exclusive premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm-mono sound presentation. All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

03/04/70 … JENNY (3 weeks)
03/27/70 … ZABRISKE POINT (3 weeks)
04/15/70 … ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS (10 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
06/26/70 … DARLING LILI (4 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
07/22/70 … GONE WITH THE WIND (MO, 70mm-Stereo)
07/29/70 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (RE, 70mm-Stereo)
08/05/70 … THE OUT OF TOWNERS (MO, 6 weeks)
09/18/70 … TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, JUNIE MOON (2 weeks)
10/09/70 … HOTEL
10/14/70 … LOVE AND OTHER STRANGERS (3 weeks)
11/04/70 … LOVE AND OTHER STRANGERS / WAIT UNTIL DARK (7 weeks)
12/23/70 … DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE (6 weeks)

02/03/71 … JULIUS CAESAR (2 weeks)
02/19/71 … MY FAIR LADY (RE, 3 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
03/12/71 … THE PRIEST’S WIFE / FRAIZER-ALI FIGHT (2 weeks)
03/24/71 … PAINT YOUR WAGON / ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
04/02/71 … FLIGHT OF THE DOVES
04/09/71 … GONE WITH THE WIND / HOW THE WEST WAS WON (3 weeks)
04/30/71 … THE NIGHT VISITOR
05/07/71 … PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD / ACT OF THE HEART (2 weeks)
05/19/71 … THIS MAN MUST DIE
05/27/71 … THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (12 weeks)
08/18/71 … THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN / COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT (3 weeks)
09/08/71 … SHINBONE ALLEY / A NEW LEAF
09/15/71 … ROMANCE OF A HORSE THIEF / VALDEZ IS COMING
09/22/71 … CARNAL KNOWLEDGE / THE BABY MAKER (6 weeks)
11/03/71 … KOTCH (6 weeks)
12/15/71 … SCROOGE / A NEW LEAF (2 weeks)
12/25/71 … STAR SPANGLED GIRL / BLACK BEAUTY (2 weeks)

01/05/72 … THE TWELVE CHAIRS / BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMMAGE
01/14/72 … WALKABOUT (4 weeks)
02/09/72 … POCKET MONEY / THE LAST RUN (5 weeks)
03/15/72 … THE LAST MOVIE / THE HIRED HAND
03/22/72 … SILENT RUNNING
03/29/72 … SILENT RUNNING / THE TWELVE CHAIRS (2 weeks)
04/12/72 … KLUTE / SUMMER OF ‘42 (2 weeks)
04/26/72 … MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ / TAKING OFF
05/03/72 … STAMPING GROUND
05/10/72 … PATTON / MAS*H (2 weeks)
05/24/72 … SKYJACKED / THE HONKER (4 weeks)
06/21/72 … THE GRADUATE / CAPTAIN APACHE
06/28/72 … THE GRADUATE / GOODBYE COLUMBUS (2 weeks)
07/12/72 … PRIME CUT / SOMETHING BIG (4 weeks)
08/09/72 … SNOOPY, COME HOME / WHO SAYS I CAN’T RIDE A RAINBOW! (2 weeks)
08/23/72 … SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE (7 weeks)
10/11/72 … THE BANK DICK / MY LITTLE CHICKADEE
10/18/72 … DRACULA / FRANKENSTEIN
10/25/72 … NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK / YOU CAN’T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN
11/01/72 … ELVIRA MADIGAN / THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY (3 weeks)
11/22/72 … RAGE / JUNIOR BONNER (2 weeks)
12/04/72 … closed (3 weeks)
12/22/72 … DELIVERANCE (22 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

05/25/73 … THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (6 weeks)
07/04/73 … THE DAY OF THE JACKAL / PETE ‘N TILLIE (6 weeks)
08/17/73 … THIS IS CINERAMA (RE, 4 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
09/14/73 … STATE OF SIEGE (2 weeks)
09/26/73 … STATE OF SIEGE / CESAR AND ROSALIE
10/03/73 … YOUR THREE MINUTES ARE UP / WHERE DOES IT HURT? (2 weeks)
10/17/73 … A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG / IMAGES
10/26/73 … THE NEW LAND (3 weeks)
11/16/73 … THE NEW LAND / BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON (3 weeks)
12/05/73 … THE NEW LAND / A WARM DECEMBER (2 weeks)
12/21/73 … CAMELOT / FINIAN’S RAINBOW
12/25/73 … ASH WEDNESDAY

01/02/74 … ASH WEDNESDAY / PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (3 weeks)
01/23/74 … THE LONG GOOD-BYE
01/30/74 … THE LONG GOOD-BYE / WHERE’S POPPA?
02/06/74 … CHARIOTS OF THE GODS / THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE
02/13/74 … THE EXORCIST (27 weeks)
08/21/74 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 6 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10/02/74 … LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES (2 weeks, Stereo)
10/18/74 … LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES / MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN (2 weeks)
10/30/74 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (RE, 4 weeks)
11/27/74 … THE CLANSMAN / CHRISTINA (2 weeks)
12/11/74 … THE CLANSMAN / CINDERELLA LIBERTY (2 weeks)
12/25/74 … LENNY (18 weeks)

05/02/75 … THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUND (4 weeks)
05/28/75 … THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUND / NIGHTWATCH (2 weeks)
06/11/75 … THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (5 weeks)
07/16/75 … ROLLERBALL (9 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
09/17/75 … A CLOCKWORK ORANGE / DELIVERANCE (3 weeks)
10/10/75 … A BOY AND HIS DOG (2 weeks)
10/24/75 … LISZTOMANIA (2 weeks)
11/05/75 … FAREWELL, MY LOVELY / CRAZY MAMA
11/12/75 … ROYAL FLASH
11/19/75 … ROYAL FLASH / W.W.AND THE DIXIE DANCE KINGS
11/26/75 … GUITAR PICKS AND ROACH CLIPS / BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? (2 weeks)
12/10/75 … MANSON / CAPONE
12/17/75 … ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (22 weeks)

05/21/76 … THE MISSOURI BREAKS (4 weeks)
06/18/76 … MIDWAY (11 weeks, Sensurround)
08/30/76 … MIDWAY / ROOSTER COGBURN (4 weeks)
09/29/76 … BURNT OFFERINGS
10/02/76 … BURNT OFFERINGS / ALI-NORTON HIGHLIGHTS (2 weeks)
10/20/76 … ALEX AND THE GYPSY / HARRY AND TONTO (4 weeks)
11/17/76 … CARRIE (4 weeks)
12/15/76 … THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN (6 weeks)

01/28/77 … ROCKY (8 weeks)
03/25/77 … AIRPORT ‘77 (6 weeks)
05/04/77 … AIRPORT ‘77 / SWASHBUCKLER (2 weeks)
05/20/77 … PUMPING IRON
05/25/77 … PUMPING IRON / MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (3 weeks)
06/15/77 … A BRIDGE TOO FAR (8 weeks)
08/10/77 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (7 weeks)
09/28/77 … FIRE SALE
10/05/77 … FIRE SALE / FANTASTIC ANIMATION FESTIVAL (2 weeks)
10/21/77 … FANTASIA (RE, 6 weeks, Stereo)
12/02/77 … ROCKY (RE, 3 weeks)
12/23/77 … THE CHOIRBOYS (2 weeks)

01/06/78 … THE CHOIRBOYS / TAXI DRIVER (3 weeks)
01/25/78 … THE CHOIRBOYS / HUSTLE (2 weeks)
02/08/78 … COMA (5 weeks)
03/15/78 … COMA / SWEET REVENGE (5 weeks)
03/31/78 … THE BIG SLEEP (2 weeks)
04/12/78 … THE BIG SLEEP / CARRIE
04/19/78 … THE BIG SLEEP / BLUME IN LOVE
04/26/78 … F.I.S.T. (5 weeks)
05/31/78 … F.I.S.T. / THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA
06/07/78 … F.I.S.T. / COMA (2 weeks)
06/23/78 … COMING HOME
06/28/78 … COMING HOME / THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE
07/05/78 … COMING HOME / ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (2 weeks)
07/19/78 … REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (7 weeks)
09/06/78 … REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER / INTERNATIONAL VELVET
09/13/78 … REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHERAVALANCHE
09/20/78 … REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER / TELEFON
09/29/78 … SOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND
10/04/78 … SOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND / THE CHEAP DETECTIVE
10/09/78 … SOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND / THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
10/18/78 … TOMMY (RE, Stereo)
10/27/78 … MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (8 weeks)
12/20/78 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02/01/79 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS / FANTASTIC ANIMATION FESTIVAL
02/07/79 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS / REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
02/14/79 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS / THE ONE AND ONLY
02/23/79 … HARDCORE (4 weeks)
03/21/79 … HARDCORE / PRETTY BABY
03/28/79 … HAIR (5 weeks, 4-Track Stereo)
05/02/79 … HAIR / THE LAST WALTZ
05/09/79 … HAIR / THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY
05/18/79 … WINTER KILLS
05/25/79 … WINTER KILLS / MURDER BY DECREE
05/30/79 … UP IN SMOKE (RE)
06/06/79 … COMING HOME (RE)
06/15/79 … BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY YEARS
06/20/79 … BUTCH AND SUNDANCE / THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES
06/29/79 … MOONRAKER (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/17/79 … HOT STUFF (2 weeks)
08/31/79 … HOT STUFF / CALIFORNIA SUITE
09/07/79 … THE CHAMP / THE BIG FIX
09/14/79 … THE WIZ / SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (Stereo / Stereo)
09/21/79 … THE TURNING POINT / AN UNMARRIED WOMAN
09/28/79 … THE ONION FIELD (3 weeks)
10/17/79 … APOCALYPSE NOW (16 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02/08/80 … BEING THERE (6 weeks)
03/21/80 … LITTLE DARLINGS (9 weeks)
05/21/80 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (30 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/19/80 … THE COMPETITION (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/06/81 … ALTERED STATES (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

04/10/81 … EXCALIBUR (12 weeks)
06/26/81 … DRAGONSLAYER (7 weeks, Vistasonic)
08/21/81 … FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER (6 weeks)
10/02/81 … PRINCE OF THE CITY (3 weeks)
10/23/81 … THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN (6 weeks)
12/04/81 … REDS (14 weeks)

03/12/82 … QUEST FOR FIRE (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05/14/82 … WRONG IS RIGHT (3 weeks)
06/04/82 … STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/28/82 … AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (19 weeks)
12/08/82 … 48 HOURS (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02/18/83 … THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE (5 weeks)
03/25/83 … THE KING OF COMEDY (3 weeks)
04/15/83 … LOCAL HERO (3 weeks)
05/06/83 … EXPOSED (2 weeks)
05/20/83 … TRON (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05/27/83 … SOPHIE’S CHOICE / THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
06/03/83 … WAR GAMES (17 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/30/83 … BRAINSTORM (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/16/83 … THE KEEP (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/13/84 … FANNY AND ALEXANDER

rivest266
rivest266 on April 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

November 20th, 1962 grand opening ad is in the photo section for this cinema.

neeb
neeb on June 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm

CINERAMA PART I (1963 to 1970): RESERVED SEAT ENGAGEMENT ERA

5889 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92115

The Cinerama Theatre opened on November 20, 1962 with The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and was heralded by local media as the first major movie theater in San Diego in over 25 years. Unlike other theaters, this was the first theater constructed exclusively for widescreen movies in San Diego. The Cinerama served as the premier house for the biggest films of its day and often played many films for several months. Tickets were sold at various locations around San Diego and guaranteed a specific seat.

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)
RSE = Reserved-Seat Engagement

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates for this part represent the first day of release or premiere, and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, exclusive premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm-mono sound presentation. All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

11/20/62 … THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM (RSE, 19 weeks, 3-Strip Cinerama)

04/05/63 … HOW THE WEST WAS WON (RSE, 55 weeks, 3-Strip Cinerama)

04/22/64 … IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (RSE, 50 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

04/05/65 … closed
04/14/65 … THIS IS CINERAMA (6 weeks, 3-Strip Cinerama)
05/26/65 … SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD (10 weeks, 3-Strip Cinerama)
08/04/65 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (MO, 9 weeks)
10/06/65 … SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE (10 weeks, 3-Strip Cinerama)
12/17/65 … CINERAMA HOLIDAY (7 weeks, 3-Strip Cinerama)

02/02/66 … OTHELLO (4 weeks)
03/02/66 … THE KING AND I (RE, 4 weeks)
03/31/66 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (RSE, 46 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

02/14/67 … HAWAII (RSE, 34 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10/11/67 … REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (10 weeks)
12/21/67 … CAMELOT (RSE, 41 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

10/02/68 … PETULIA (5 weeks)
11/06/68 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW (RSE, 15 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

02/20/69 … SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN (RSE, 12 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
05/15/69 … SWEET CHARITY (RSE, 13 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08/13/69 … THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK (4 weeks)
09/12/69 … THE LEARNING TREE (6 weeks)
10/22/69 … THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT
10/29/69 … THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT / RACHEL, RACHEL (2 weeks)
11/12/69 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (RE, 5 weeks)
12/17/69 … GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (RSE, 11 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

nritota
nritota on March 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I worked for L&G in the 60’s in New England and eventually managed the Cinerama in Providence, RI. San Diego looks like it was a beautiful house.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on March 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Following link. Thank you!

dcubs
dcubs on March 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

This was one of my favourite theatres in San Diego. Saw THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, ALTERED STATES, TRON, STAR TREK II, BRAINSTORM and so many others there. The sound system was excellent too. So sad that it’s gone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2011 at 5:29 am

The December 7, 1964, Boxoffice article about the Cinerama Theatre can be seen online here. Three additional photos of this Richard George Wheeler design are on the subsequent page (click “next page” link.)

dick
dick on November 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Having been stationed at North Island in 1961-1962 in the great city of SanDiego I had the privelege of being at the Grand Opening of the Cinerama Theatre for the premiere of The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm. What a beautifuil theatre. The reason I mention this is that I am from Scituate, Mass some 3000 miles away and when I walked into the lobby I bumped into the owners, Mr lockwood & Mr Gordon. I did not know that they had buily this new theatre. I was friendly with them because being from there home territory(New England) and a lot of my movie going was at there equally beautiful but many years older Satuit Playhouse in my hometowm, I was also Mr lockwoods paperboy from 1954-1955. This was a real surprise. I was really disappointed when they sold there theatres and the new company diced them up in multi-plex bandboxes. While in SanDiego I also had the pleasure of watching big movies i yhe beautiful California theatre and the Capri. The only theatre that was not that beautifyl was the flat floored big screen, good stereo four brick walled FOX where I sa The Music Man.. I do hope that they have saved some of the downtown theatres.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Here is an article in the San Diego Union dated 2/28/87:

The 940-seat Cinerama theater, showcase for Hollywood blockblusters for 25 years, will be demolished and replaced by a six- miniscreen complex, Pacific Theatres announced yesterday. The new theaters will be part of a $20 million, 230,000-square- foot redevelopment of the 1950s Belleview shopping center at 59th Street and University Avenue, south of San Diego State University, said Douglas Allred, the Belleview owner who is leasing the theater site to Pacific.

Only three weeks ago, Mann Theatres announced that it plans to close the 985-seat Loma theater in the Midway area so the property owner can redevelop the site into shops and restaurants. Pacific officials in Los Angeles could not be reached for comment, but the theater’s local managers said the Cinerama has been consistently successful with blockbusters such as “Amadeus,” the currently running “Platoon,” three of the four “Star Trek” films and “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second “Star Wars” movie that sold out every performance for six months in 1979 and 1980.

“It’s a shame to lose a big theater,” Allred said, “but we’re going to make a whole new property that we hope everybody will be proud of.” He said he still needs city approval of a development permit and signed leases from anchor tenants, including a supermarket and home improvement store. He hopes to begin construction by the end of the year.

The loss of the Cinerama and the Loma will leave only three large single-screen theaters locally: Cinema Grossmont at Grossmont Center in La Mesa, also owned by Pacific; and Cinema 21 and Valley Circle, both in Mission Valley and both owned by Mann.

Developed by the New England-based Lockwood and Gordon theater chain, the $500,000 Cinerama opened in November 1962 as San Diego’s first theater designed to show movies filmed in the “Cinerama” split- screen process. Early examples were “How the West Was Won” and “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.” It also was the first cinema built in a San Diego shopping center.

Three years later, Pacific acquired the theater along with the 986-seat, Cinerama-equipped Center theater in Mission Valley, which was converted to a triplex in 1971. “I hate to see the place go,” said Richard Koldoff, the semi- retired projectionist who operated the Cinerama cameras from 1962 to 1970, when they were removed.

Andy Friedenberg, director of the Cinema Society of San Diego, said, “Theater owners should be aware that their strength lies in their present big theaters with big sound that can’t be duplicated on a television screen. When I hear news like this, I think it’s going the wrong way.”

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Pretty looking place. Shame it’s gone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm

The architect of this theater was the noted San Diego modernist, Richard George Wheeler. Boxoffice Magazine featured an illustrated article on the San Diego Cinerama Theatre in its issue of December 7, 1964.

neeb
neeb on July 24, 2007 at 5:42 am

According to daily listings, the Cinerama 6- which replaced this theater in 1988, has closed.