Mann Tarzana West Valley 9

18632 Ventura Boulevard,
Tarzana, CA 91356

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I went to this theatre for the first time August 12, 2005 and saw “Duece Bigalow European Gigolo”. I had no idea that the very next Thursday was to be it’s last showtimes. The employees were the usual upbeat people and showed no dissapointment that their jobs were coming to an end. I thought the theatre was a cozy little getaway from the over crowded multiplex monsters.

Theatres 1-6 had signs showing their seating capacity, Aud #1 261, #2 254, #3 306, #4 256, #5 306, #6 183, and #7-8-9 were very small auditoriums. This theatre was old and dated but fit the area well. No stadium seating due to it’s age and the auditoriums were wide but lacked length.

Apparently developers are clearing the way for demolition of the theater and some nearby shops to start construction of an upscale retail development. Demolition is set for October 2005. It would have been nice if Mann Theatres would let the public know in advance so patrons can give their home town theatre one last viewing…

Contributed by Mike Juarez

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spikewriter
spikewriter on August 25, 2005 at 12:22 pm

I live in the area and I only found out last Sunday afternoon that it was closed when coming back from a meeting. It was rather a shock because in addition to working locally, I used to work across the street, so it was a familiar site and I’d sometimes go there to catch a film after work. That was almost two years ago.

sjs1234
sjs1234 on January 18, 2006 at 8:34 pm

Mann Valley West AKA The Movies Of Tarzana started out as a supermarket in the 70’s. The Movies was owned by the same people who ran the Pan Pacific Theater in Hollywood. In the early 80’s The Movies was sold to Mann Theaters. Mann did a renovation during the mid 90’s and added three more screens to make it nine.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on January 31, 2006 at 12:07 am

Was this known as the Cinema Showcase at some time in the mid-1990s?

William
William on April 8, 2006 at 11:12 am

The Movies was sold to Mann Theatres and they reopened the theatre on Dec. 17th, 1982.

Knatcal
Knatcal on November 8, 2006 at 12:32 pm

I frequently went to this theater in the late 1980s, as this was the closest Mann Theater while I was attending nearby California State University, Northridge. This was important because the university sold discount tickets to Mann Theaters. Mann Tarzana West Valley was never too crowded when compared to the options such as the Mann Theaters in Westwood.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 20, 2007 at 12:27 pm

This is an 8/19/2005 article about the closing of this theater.

“Mann Valley West theater shut down, to be demolished.

Source: Daily News
By Brent Hopkins and Evan Pondel.

Aug. 19—TARZANA — Mann Valley West rolled its last reel Thursday night, clearing the way for demolition of the theater and some nearby shops and for construction of an upscale retail development.

Bounced between owners for decades, the movie house was one of only a few remaining on Ventura Boulevard, and it bowed out with late showings of “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo” and “Skeleton Key.” Mann representatives confirmed that Thursday night’s shows were the last.

“I’m really saddened by the news,” said Jennifer Lewis, who worked there as an usher at age 16 and now owns Body & Sol Swimwear up the block. “The Mann is where I go see all my movies. It’s a Tarzana landmark.”

The development company notified business owners several months ago of renovation plans to bring in an upscale grocery and other high-tone shops.

Although the theater lacked the stadium seating and ritzy digital projection of the megaplexes, local residents expressed displeasure at its closure.

“Most of the residents here in Tarzana got very upset,” said Helen Itria Norman, president of the Tarzana Property Owners Association. “You get used to having something in a location, even if you don’t patronize it.”

She said the theater and neighboring buildings, including Shoe Pavilion, would be razed in October to make way for extensive construction. Retail, restaurants and possibly condominiums will be developed in three phases.

Norman said residents have lobbied the developers to include a new theater in the construction plan.

“They’re very sad about losing it, but they accept the fact that the new shopping center will be most attractive,” she said. “We’ll do our best to make it succeed.”

Charles Greene, a North Hills resident who still made the trip down to Tarzana, mourned the loss of the theater he’d frequented for years.

“I try to get in for the cheap matinee,” he said. “There’s a lot of the old theaters closing down. It’s sad that they’re closing”.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 10:06 pm

It was called Movies of Tarzana in September 1974. Six screens at that time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 12:54 am

Here is an April 1975 ad from the Van Nuys News:
http://tinyurl.com/44v2w8

LarryDickman
LarryDickman on January 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

Re the 1975 ad in ken mc’s above post:

When you called the theatre’s answering machine, the voice did indeed enthusiatically chime, “Thank you for calling Theeeeeee Movies of Tarzana!” With ample parking in back, this was a swell neighborhood multi to see drive-in-type stuff like “Tentacles,” “Damien-Omen II,” the giant rat epic “Deadly Eyes,” Morgan Fairchild in"The Seduction" and Walter Hill’s “The Driver,” not to mention “The Howling,” “The Terminator” and “Missing in Action.” Once I saw actor Henry Silva leaving a matinee. And does anyone remember the collage of one-sheets on the ceiling? In the good ol' days of neighborhood theatres, such an eye-catching touch of showmanship is part of what gave Movies of Tarzana its charm.

fieldight
fieldight on June 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

So cool to see comments mentioning the very movies I saw there as well. Morgan Fairchild’s Seduction! Good lord that was a while ago! Most significantly I remember the original Halloween at this theatre in 1978 and I was too chicken to go in and even peek which I regret so much now. I remember seeing Xanadu here, Rollerboogie. Remember Heaven’s Gate playing there, even Howard The Duck coincidentally another bomb. C. Thomas Howell in Soul Man. Saw Can’t Buy Me Love! Jump way ahead to Rocky IV in the later 80’s, what a night of douche bags that audience! Good lord. Lethal Weapon 2… I miss this theatre. Snuck in the back door many times and always theatre hopped—actually got kicked out once, an usher followed me into the theatre as I sat down! Miss the comfortable theatres and seating. I still drive by to this day and never not mention or acknowledge what was once there ;( RIP!

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