University Towne Centre 6

4525 La Jolla Village Drive,
San Diego, CA 92122

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This multiplex lasted about 20 years (approx. 1979-1999) and was built in the standard 1970s style (narrow theaters with aisles down the middle).

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rleather
rleather on May 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

AKA UTC 6. Small but long “L” shaped construction, lobby went along this way, then theatres along a narrow hall to the right. Office was upstairs on 2nd floor and open so the mgrs could look down on lobby. All theatres were the same size, about 197 seats (with 2 wheelchairs, this still was under 200 which then was a legal limit to prevent needing a 3rd exit door?) along the hallway. Theatre was at edge of the mall by the parking. Always sold out 100% on Fri and Sat nights when I worked there (late ‘70s) and they would schedule busy/new movies (such as Moonraker) first, then let the overflow fill each increasingly older film next. The ushers would try to rig the pinball machines with a quarter on a string. Now converted to a Sports Chalet. (see pic: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2784.html))

rivest266
rivest266 on April 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

This opened on October 12th, 1977. Ted Mann’s wife, Rhonda Fleming was at the opening.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Why didn’t the Ushers ask the manager to key to the cash box on the pinball machine.like we did.strange.

exprojector23
exprojector23 on November 27, 2012 at 12:41 am

@ Mike Rogers: what’s the challenge in that?

By the way, I love the photo on this page. I was there for the opening as part of the staff.

ajimenez
ajimenez on February 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

I know these posts are from long ago so I’m sure this is a long shot. This theater has many memories for me and I’ve been documenting it’s various stages from the Sports Challett and being then turned into a Halloween pop up store. I’ve been trying to map the old footprint of the six auditoriums along the long hallway. Would anyone have any pictures of the UTC 6 when it was open?

rleather
rleather on December 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Speaking of Rhonda Fleming, every so often Ted Mann (the big shot who owned the chain) would come in with his wife Rhonda (who most of us young kids had no idea who she was) and hand his Cadillac keys to the manager. The manager would have to go park his car in the mall lot. @ajimenez, I could draw you a pic, no actual photos. When you walked down the hallway, they were all on the right with recessed entrance doors and slight sideways hallways (to protect from light from the long main hallway).

There was one usher who would put the garbage can at the bottom of the autidorium and throw half-full sodas at it while cleaning up during the intermissions. He hit the screen on “accident” more than once.

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