UA Twin Cinemas A & B
11202 South Street,
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UA Twin-Cerritos, opening in 1972, was the second of three United Artists locations at Los Cerritos Center, a large shopping venue in southeast Los Angeles County. The UA Twin was a freestanding building on the outside of the center in its southwest parking lot, the address given was 11202 E. South Street. Spacious, it was officially designated UA Twin Cinemas A & B to distinguish it from smaller inside-mall screens previously opened as UA Mall Cinemas 1-4. Configurations similar to this one could be seen elsewhere in the 1970’s and 1980’s, particularly in suburban Southern Califonia. City Center-Orange, Grossmont Center-La Mesa, and Westminster Mall, for example, also once had big screen satellites opposite small mall ‘minimas’.
Cerritos Twin (as it was commonly called), was UA’s prestige house for the area, featuring 70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo presentation, larger auditoriums and loge seating. 70mm engagements included “Ghandi”, “Ghostbusters”, and “2010”. The plush loge sections, located in the back rows, offered extra comfort and wider seats. However, they were more expensive. This two-tiered pricing structure was difficult for the ushers to enforce, irrelevant during slow times, and required cashiers to upsell at the box office. By the late-1980’s UA abandoned the policy. The seats of course, physically remained, but without an extra charge.
Unlike the Mall 4, the Twin was given periodic upgrades. The most extensive renovation took place in 1991. However, UA had also opened a new sixplex at Lakewood Plaza by then – Just a short distance down South Street. The Megaplex era was even more unkind. UA Mall 1-4 and the UA Twin Cinemas A & B closed, respectively in 1996 and 1997. United Artists Galaxy Stadium 11 Theatres, a replacement complex located elsewhere in the Los Cerritos Center, opened in 1998 (it too would close in 2014).
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