Movies 6

4200 California Avenue,
Bakersfield, CA 93309

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Movies 6

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United Artists opened Movies 6 on June 15, 1979 and ran the moderately successful theatre until July 25, 2000. The building sat vacant, until Interstate Theatres (now Starplex Cinemas) reopened the theatre as a discount house in 2004. The pricing format change proved successful and Movies 6 currently experiences heavy traffic, as Bakersfield’s only sub-run venue.

The theatre is a bare bones 70’s style multiplex, with auditoriums directly off of a small lobby; two largest auditoriums seating 400, with remaining four seating 120-180. The decor is basic white, with vaulted ceilings and track lighting. Due to space limitations, projection booth access is gained via an entry door located in the back of an auditorium. This compact design also results in an awkward concession stand that is partially obstructed by a series of columns.

Contributed by Christopher Crouch

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2006 at 3:22 pm

The Starplex website shows this theater as “temporarily closed”.

CTCrouch on October 13, 2006 at 9:39 pm

The theatre is currently (10/06) undergong some repairs from an afterhours fire in one of the small auditoriums and should reopen shortly.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm

This is an April 2004 article about the opening of Movies 6.

“The Bakersfield Californian
Byline: Erin Waldner

Apr. 11—Local movie-goers will soon have one more theater choice in Bakersfield — and these are cheap seats.

Bakersfield Movies 6 will hold its grand opening on Friday. The theater is at 4200 California Ave., in the same shopping center as Circuit City.

It’s been several years since the buttery smell of popcorn wafted from this space. United Artists operated a theater there before pulling out around 1997.

Solomon Haddad, who owns C C Brown’s Yogurt across from the theater, is pleased the theater is reopening.

He said families who want to go to the movies but don’t want to spend a fortune will benefit, as will other businesses in the shopping center that will see the increased traffic.

The new operator of the movie theater is Interstate Theatres.

Company Vice President Tod Hanna said Interstate looks for opportunities to move into existing six-screen or larger theaters in communities with the right demographics.

“We felt it was a perfect match for what we were looking for,” Hanna said.

Interstate, headquartered in Plano, Texas, has 10 movie theaters in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Jersey and California. The company’s two other theaters in California are in Anaheim and La Mirada.

Hanna said Interstate wants to build a stronger presence in California.

Bakersfield is currently home to three movie theaters, including Edwards Stadium at The Marketplace, United Artists at East Hills Mall and Pacific Theatres at the Valley Plaza Shopping Center.

Hanna said Interstate competes with other movie theaters by offering inexpensive ticket prices.

Tickets are $1 each for all shows before 6 p.m., $1.50 after 6 p.m. and 50 cents on Tuesdays.

Maria Dowling, Interstate’s operations coordinator, said the company’s target audience is families.

Bakersfield Movies 6 will be a “second-run” theater, meaning the movies it shows will have been out at least a few weeks. In some cases, they’re available on DVD and video.

The opening features at Movies 6 will include “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” “Butterfly Effect,” “Miracle,” “Mystic River,” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Haunted Mansion,” “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” and “Along Came Polly.”

Hanna said Interstate theaters are not run-down discount theaters. They are just as nice as any first-run movie theater, he said.

Interstate has renovated the California Avenue venue. The seats have been upgraded and include cup holder armrests. New drapes, floors, screens and a digital sound system are also being installed.

The theater will employ 20 to 30 individuals, Hanna said.

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