Brea Plaza 5
453 S. Associated Road,
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The Brea Plaza 5 was operated as a first run Mann Theatre until the mid-1990’s, when it was taken over by Edwards and booked as an art house. Following Edwards' bankruptcy, and subsequent purchase by Regal Entertainment, the Brea 5 was briefly closed, before being picked up by Captain Blood’s Family Theatres in 2002. Blood’s ran the theatre as a discount house for several years, until it was forced to close, yet again, in the spring of 2006.
Located directly across from the 57 freeway’s Imperial Highway off-ramp, the property is a relatively busy shopping plaza, next door to the Brea Mall. However, the theatre is tucked away in a back corner of the plaza, almost hidden behind the other structures. Were it not for a five foot, ground level marquee, located beside a Denny’s restaurant, there would be little evidence a theatre existed on the property.
The theatre is a non-descript, free standing, beige box and only identifiable via faded Mann era signage. Inside, the decor and layout are typical of an early/mid-1980’s multiplex; shoebox auditoriums off of a small, generic lobby, with vaulted ceiling. The theatre was obviously built on a modest budget and little effort was ever placed on maintaining/upgrading the building, resulting in a sub par venue that is in a general state of disrepair.
Underbuilt, poorly maintained, located in the worst possible area of a prime property, in close proximity to numerous competitors, and changing ownership annually; hardly the ingredients for a successful theatre, but, somehow, the Brea Plaza 5 managed to stay in business for over twenty years.
Itt was completely remodeled and renovated reopened by the Tristone Cinema Group on July 30, 2010.
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