El Camino 8

2617 Vista Way,
Oceanside, CA 92054

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Site of the former El Camino 8

The Mann Oceanside 8 was opened June 13, 1980. Later renamed El Camino 8, it closed in February 2000 and was demolished.

Contributed by Robert R

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hownowbrownpaul
hownowbrownpaul on December 28, 2005 at 11:22 pm

This theater was also known as the Mann Oceanside 8. It closed in February 2000. The seats reportedly were sold to Oceanside’s Sunshine Brooks theater. A Barnes and Noble store sits on the spot of the demolished theater.

hownowbrownpaul
hownowbrownpaul on December 28, 2005 at 11:26 pm

I’m looking for a photo of this theater. If anyone has one, please contact me!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 11:20 am

Here is an article from the LA Times, dated 6/13/80:

Eight new motion picture theaters will open today in Oceanside. The new theaters, named El Camino 8, are operated by Mann Theaters, operators of the world-famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Mann El Camino is part of an expansion plan set up by company president Ted Mann several years ago that has opened more than 130 new screens. The El Camino is part of this master plan.

Also planned for opening this month are the Poca Fiesta 4 in Mesa, Arizona and the Rancho Bernardo 8 in Rancho Bernardo.

kma87
kma87 on June 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

I remember this theater from when I was a kid. In fact I believe I saw Titantic there with my mom, my brother and my grandma. It was part of the Carosel Shopping Center in Oceanside.

moax429
moax429 on August 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm

I remember seeing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with my dad (may he rest in peace) for the very first time ever at this theater in July 1981. We were visiting my grandparents in Vista (may they also rest in peace) for a week; during the middle of that week we went on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, and I believe they showed a snippet of “Raiders,” which talked about special effects in the movies. The next day my dad and I went to see “Raiders” at this theater. Every time I see “Raiders” now, I always think of when my dad and I first saw it in California.

Pity it wasn’t shown in 70mm and Dolby Stereo at the Oceanside 8; that was remedied, however, when I got back home to Illinois (my family and I were then living in the Chicago suburb of Glenwood) and I saw “Raiders” three more times at the River Oaks Theaters in Calumet City (which I understand has since been closed and more recently demolished – shame).

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