Valley Circle Theater

5040 Mission Center Road,
San Diego, CA 92108

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stowaway2k
stowaway2k on August 10, 2014 at 3:33 am

What great memories. I too worked at the Valley Circle for about two years. I was hired on as a high school senior for “Star Wars”, and I stayed through “Starting Over”. The Star Wars run was incredible. Sold out solid for months on end, and then those crazy midnight shows. We had to borrow staff from other local Mann theaters. We were robbed at gunpoint one Saturday night after the midnight show began. A couple of us were slightly injured. We also hosted a few “sneak previews”, I remember Barbara Streisand attending one of her movies being previewed. It was a great time for me, nothing but very fond memories. Oh the movie memorabilia I collected from here that I should have kept!

LomaUsher
LomaUsher on March 14, 2014 at 8:30 am

I saw Star Wars in this cinema, and it my first taste of a Hollywood “blockbuster.” I remember the lines around the theater, the excitement, the chatter and high spirits, and I had NEVER heard an audience react like that in front of a movie-screen. I thought I was at a football game, sometimes for all the cheering. The theater itself was relatively nondescript, but the memories are not!

zeussd
zeussd on February 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

Started working here in 1991 and was a manager from 1994 to 1997 along with the Cinema 21. Saw many films here starting with That’s Entertainment at 6 years old. Had my 10th birthday party here with Star Wars and vividly remember the line we had to wait in for a matinee. It definitely wrapped around the building!

The Center theatre was the Cinerama theatre for the valley. While both the Valley Circle and the Cinema 21 were originally equipped for it, I don’t believe any films were actually shown in the format. Correct me if I’m wrong.

neeb
neeb on August 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

THE VALLEY CIRCLE: THE SWINGING SIXTIES 5040 Mission Center Road San Diego, CA 92108

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater) GSE = Guaranteed-Seat Engagement

Listings include regular engagements only. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm – mono sound presentation. All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

12/23/66 … AFTER THE FOX (3 weeks)

01/13/67 … A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (4 weeks)
02/08/67 … BLOW UP (6 weeks)
03/22/67 … HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
03/29/67 … HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING / KHARTOUM
04/05/67 … HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING / ANY WEDNESDAY
04/12/67 … OH DAD, POOR DAD / 25th HOUR
04/19/67 … OH DAD, POOR DAD / PENELOPE
04/26/67 … HOMBRE
05/03/67 … HOMBRE / THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM
05/24/67 … FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE / WELCOME TO HARD TIMES (2 weeks)
06/07/67 … EIGHT ON THE LAM
06/14/67 … EIGHT ON THE LAM / FINDERS KEEPERS
06/21/67 … EIGHT ON THE LAM / THE GREAT ESCAPE
06/28/67 … THE DIRTY DOZEN (9 weeks)
08/30/67 … UP THE DOWN STAIR CASE (3 weeks)
09/20/67 … UP THE DOWN STAIR CASE / THE NAKED RUNNER
09/27/67 … THE FAMILY WAY / THE BOBO (5 weeks)
11/01/67 … THE FLIM-FLAM MAN / ZORBA THE GREEK
11/08/67 … THE FLIM-FLAM MAN / DIVORCE, AMERICAN STYLE
11/15/67 … COOL HAND LUKE (2 weeks)
11/29/67 … COOL HAND LUKE / WHO’S MINDING THE MINT? (2 weeks)
12/11/67 … JOHN F. KENNEDY: YEARS OF LIGHTNING, DAY OF DRUMS (two days only)
12/13/67 … COOL HAND LUKE / WHO’S MINDING THE MINT?
12/20/67 … FITZWILLY / ROSIE
12/27/67 … FITZWILLY / GEORGY GIRL

01/03/68 … FITZWILLY / LUV
01/10/68 … SMASHING TIME / WATERHOLE #3
01/17/68 … BONNIE AND CLYDE / YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW (MO, 4 weeks)
02/16/68 … GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? (17 weeks)
06/13/68 … YOURS, MINE AND OURS (6 weeks)
07/24/68 … YOURS, MINE AND OURS / THE DEVIL’S BRIGADE
07/31/68 … YOURS, MINE AND OURS / THE PRIVATE NAVY OF SGT. O'FARRELL
08/07/68 … FOR LOVE OF IVY (7 weeks)
09/25/68 … THE SWIMMER (2 weeks)
10/09/68 … THE SWIMMER / THE PARTY
10/16/68 … HELGA / PLANET OF LIFE
10/23/68 … THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM / HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
10/30/68 … THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE / WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT?
11/06/68 … SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
11/13/68 … WEST SIDE STORY (RE, 2 weeks)
11/27/68 … YELLOW SUBMARINE (3 weeks)
12/18/68 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (GSE, 14 weeks, 70 mm-Stereo)

03/27/69 … OLIVER! (GSE, 26 weeks, 70 mm-Stereo*)
09/24/69 … EASY RIDER (9 weeks)
11/26/69 … OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR (2 weeks)
12/10/69 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 2 weeks)
12/25/69 … BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE (12 weeks)

*:May not have been 70mm for its entire run.

03/18/70 … MAS*H (32 weeks)
10/28/70 … closed
11/25/70 … DIRTY DINGUS MAGEE (4 weeks)
12/23/70 … WHERE’S POPPA? (2 weeks

01/08/71 … THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / BORSALINO
01/15/71 … THUNDERBALL / YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (2 weeks)
01/27/71 … CROMWELL (5 weeks)
03/05/71 … I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (2 weeks)
03/19/71 … COLD TURKEY (7 weeks)
05/05/71 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 4 weeks)
06/02/71 … BANANAS (4 weeks)
06/30/72 … WILD ROVERS / PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW
07/21/71 … FORTUNE AND MEN’S EYE (2 weeks)
08/04/71 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY / GRAND PRIX (RE, 70mm-Stereo)
08/13/71 … THE LOVE MACHINE (6 weeks)
09/22/71 … DOC / THE HUNTING PARTY
10/06/71 … JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (3 weeks)
10/29/71 … WEST SIDE STORY / AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (RE, 2 weeks)
11/10/71 … AMERICAN WILDERNESS
11/19/71 … BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (9 weeks)

01/21/72 … STRAW DOGS (7 weeks)
03/08/72 … THE TROJAN WOMEN
03/15/72 … NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA (RSE, 12 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
06/07/72 … FUZZ (3 weeks)
06/29/72 … A CLOCKWORK ORANGE** (13 weeks)
09/29/72 … EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX * BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (8 weeks)
11/22/72 … THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS (3 weeks)
12/11/72 … THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS / THE DEADLY TRAP
12/20/72 … THE GETAWAY (12 weeks)

** listed as “An X-Rated Movie in Color”

03/16/73 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (RE, 15 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
06/29/73 … 40 CARATS (3 weeks)
07/18/73 … TOM SAWYER (3 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08/10/73 … OKLAHOMA CRUDE (3 weeks)
08/29/73 … A TOUCH OF CLASS (MO, 6 weeks)
10/10/73 … JEREMY (4 weeks)
11/07/73 … EXECUTIVE ACTION (6 weeks)
12/19/73 … PAPILLON (15 weeks)

04/05/74 … THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (2 weeks)
04/17/74 … THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS / PAPER MOON (3 weeks)
05/17/74 … THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS / A TOUCH OF CLASS (8 weeks)
06/26/74 … OUR TIME
07/05/74 … OUR TIME / 40 CARATS (2 weeks)
07/17/74 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT (14 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10/23/74 … THE GAMBLER (5 weeks)
11/27/74 … THE NIGHT PORTER (3 weeks)
12/19/74 … THE TOWERING INFERNO (13 weeks)

03/19/75 … FUNNY LADY (15 weeks)
07/04/75 … BITE THE BULLET (7 weeks)
08/22/75 … THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (4 weeks)
09/19/75 … THE HAPPY HOOKER (2 weeks)
10/03/75 … FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (3 weeks)
10/24/75 … MAHOGANY (4 weeks)
11/21/75 … FANTASIA (RE, 5 weeks)
12/25/75 … HUSTLE (7 weeks)

02/11/76 … BARRY LYNDON (11 weeks)
04/28/76 … ROBIN AND MARIAN (4 weeks)
05/26/76 … WON TON TON (3 weeks)
06/16/76 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Part II (7 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08/04/76 … FUTUREWORLD (6 weeks)
09/15/76 … HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK (4 weeks)
10/15/76 … CAR WASH (5 weeks)
11/19/76 … LED ZEPPELIN: THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME (4 weeks)
12/17/76 … KING KONG (9 weeks)

02/16/77 … TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING (2 weeks)
03/04/77 … BOUND FOR GLORY (4 weeks)
03/30/77 … BLACK SUNDAY (8 weeks)
05/25/77 … STAR WARS (37 weeks)

02/10/78 … STAR WARS (20 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06/28/78 … HEAVEN CAN WAIT (16 weeks)
10/20/78 … FANTASIA (3 weeks, Stereo)
11/08/78 … MAGIC (6 weeks)
12/22/78 … ICE CASTLES (9 weeks)

02/23/79 … DAYS OF HEAVEN (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03/16/79 … THE CHINA SYNDROME (9 weeks)
05/18/79 … HANOVER STREET (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/08/79 … PLAYERS (5 weeks)
07/13/79 … JUST YOU AND ME, KID (3 weeks)
08/03/79 … NORTH DALLAS FORTY (9 weeks)
10/05/79 … STARTING OVER (9 weeks)
12/07/79 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (17 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

04/04/80 … NIJINSKY (4 weeks)
05/02/80 … THE 39 STEPS (6 weeks)
06/13/80 … THE SHINING (7 weeks)
08/01/80 … RAISE THE TITANIC (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/26/80 … ORDINARY PEOPLE (12 weeks)
12/19/80 … SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (13 weeks)

03/20/81 … THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (5 weeks)
04/24/81 … ATLANTIC CITY (4 weeks)
05/22/81 … OUTLAND (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/17/81 … ARTHUR (10 weeks)
09/25/81 … ONLY WHEN I LAUGH (12 weeks)
12/18/81 … PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (6 weeks)

01/29/82 … ON GOLDEN POND (18 weeks)
06/04/82 … POLTERGEIST (27 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/10/82 … AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL (6 weeks)

01/21/83 … SOPHIE’S CHOICE (9 weeks)
03/25/83 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04/01/83 … MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD (4 weeks)
04/29/83 … BABY, IT’S YOU (4 weeks)
05/27/83 … LA TRAVIATA (4 weeks)
06/24/83 … TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/29/83 … KRULL (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/09/83 … PUBERTY BLUES (2 weeks)
09/21/83 … GANDHI (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/30/83 … THE BIG CHILL (8 weeks)
11/23/83 … TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (19 weeks)

04/06/84 … MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/01/84 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (3 weeks)
06/22/84 … THE KARATE KID (16 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/12/84 … COUNTRY (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/07/84 … 2010 (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02/08/85 … MRS. SOFFEL (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/08/85 … FANTASIA (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/22/85 … MASK (9 weeks)
05/24/85 … A VIEW TO A KILL (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/28/85 … ST. ELMO’S FIRE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/24/85 … THE BLACK CAULDRON (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08/16/85 … YEAR OF THE DRAGON (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/27/85 … MARIE (2 weeks)
10/11/85 … AFTER HOURS (4 weeks)
11/08/85 … THAT WAS THEN… THIS IS NOW (2 weeks)
11/22/85 … ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/06/85 … WHITE NIGHTS (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01/31/86 … MURPHY’S ROMANCE (5 weeks)
03/07/86 … NINE ½ WEEKS (Dolby Stereo)
03/14/86 … CROSSROADS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/11/86 … THE COLOR PURPLE (RE, Dolby Stereo)
04/18/86 … TROUBLE IN MIND (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/16/86 … SALVADOR (3 weeks)
06/06/86 … ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/20/86 … THE KARATE KID II (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/22/86 … STAND BY ME (8 weeks)
10/17/86 … THE COLOR OF MONEY (10 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/25/86 … THE MISSION (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

03/13/87 … TIN MEN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/10/87 … THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (12 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/01/87 … INNERSPACE (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/24/87 … LA BAMBA (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/28/87 … THE FOURTH PROTOCOL (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/18/87 … HELLRAISER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/09/87 … SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/28/87 … WEEDS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/20/87 … FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/11/87 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02/05/88 … SHE’S HAVING A BABY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/26/88 … FRANTIC (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/18/88 … LITTLE NIKITA (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/30/88 … BEETLEJUICE (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/25/88 … CROCODILE DUNDEE (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/15/88 … BAMBI (RE, 2 weeks)
07/29/88 … A FISH CALLED WANDA (10 weeks)
10/07/88 … MEMORIES OF ME (4 weeks)
11/04/88 … THE GOOD MOTHER (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo )
11/18/88 … 1969 (3 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
12/09/88 … 1969 / A CRY IN THE DARK (Ultra Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
12/16/88 … RAIN MAN (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

02/17/89 … TRUE BELIEVER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/10/89 … NEW YORK STORIES (2 weeks)
03/24/89 … DEAD BANG (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/07/89 … DEAD CALM (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/28/89 … CRIMINAL LAW (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/12/89 … EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (Dolby Stereo)
05/19/89 … ROAD HOUSE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
06/09/89 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
06/16/89 … GHOSTBUSTERS II (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/12/89 … WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (12 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/06/89 … A DRY WHITE SEASON (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/20/89 … GROSS ANATOMY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/10/89 … STAYING TOGETHER (Dolby Stereo)
11/17/89 … ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/01/89 … NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/12/90 … STEEL MAGNOLIAS (MO, Dolby Stereo)
01/19/90 … MUSIC BOX (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/02/90 … STELLA (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/16/90 … REVENGE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/09/90 … BAD INFLUENCE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/23/90 … PRETTY WOMAN (13 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/22/90 … BETSY’S WEDDING (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/18/90 … ARACHNOPHOBIA (5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08/22/90 … PUMP UP THE VOLUME (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/14/90 … POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/19/90 … QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11/09/90 … REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/30/90 … MISERY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/11/91 … AWAKENINGS (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/01/91 … SHIPWRECKED (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/15/91 … GUILTY BY SUSPICION (Dolby Stereo)
03/22/91 … THE LONG WALK HOME (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/26/91 … OSCAR (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/17/91 … IMPROMPTU (Dolby Stereo)
05/24/91 … FANTASIA (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05/21/91 … AMBITION (Dolby Stereo)
06/07/91 … DANCES WITH WOLVES (MO, Dolby Stereo SR)
06/14/91 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
07/10/91 … REGARDING HENRY (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/16/91 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
09/07/91 … STAR TREK MARATHON (one day, Dolby Stereo)
09/20/91 … LATE FOR DINNER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/11/91 … FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/22/91 … THE ADDAMS FAMILY (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
12/25/91 … THE PRINCE OF TIDES (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

02/07/92 … MEDICINE MAN (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/13/92 … THE MAMBO KINGS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04/10/92 … NEWSIES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04/24/92 … PASSED AWAY (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/08/92 … WILD ORCHID 2 (2 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
05/22/92 … ENCINO MAN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/05/92 … PATRIOT GAMES (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/17/92 … HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/14/92 … SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/25/92 … MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
10/16/92 … CONSENTING ADULTS (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11/25/92 … ALADDIN (17 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

03/26/93 … BORN YESTERDAY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/16/93 … BOILING POINT (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/30/93 … SIDEKICKS (Dolby Stereo)
05/07/93 … DAVE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/18/93 … LAST ACTION HERO (4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/16/93 … FREE WILLY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/27/93 … FATHER HOOD (Dolby Stereo)
09/03/93 … FORTRESS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/24/93 … THE JOY LUCK CLUB (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/24/93 … A PERFECT WORLD (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/25/93 … HEAVEN & EARTH (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

01/21/94 … SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/04/94 … MY FATHER THE HERO (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/18/94 … ON DEADLY GROUND (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/11/94 … THE REF (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/30/94 … JIMMY HOLLYWOOD (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/15/94 … WHITE FANG 2: MYTH OF THE WHITE WOLF (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/29/94 … THE FAVOR (Dolby Stereo)
05/06/94 … WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/03/94 … THE ENDLESS SUMMER II (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/24/94 … MAVERICK (MO, Dolby Stereo)
07/01/94 … BLOWN AWAY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/20/94 … THE CLIENT (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/02/94 … A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/16/94 … QUIZ SHOW (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/21/94 … LOVE AFFAIR (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/11/94 … INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/09/94 … DISCLOSURE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/06/95 … SAFE PASSAGE (Dolby Stereo)
01/13/95 … NOBODY’S FOOL (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/17/95 … FORREST GUMP (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/10/95 … OUTBREAK (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/07/95 … DON JUAN DEMARCO (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/21/94 … WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/24/95 … BRAVEHEART (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/23/95 … POCAHONTAS (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08/11/95 … DANGEROUS MINDS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/15/95 … BRAVEHEART (Dolby Stereo)
09/22/95 … SHOWGIRLS (3 weeks, DTS)
10/13/95 … THE SCARLET LETTER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/03/95 … HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/17/95 … THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/20/95 … NIXON (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/12/96 … TWO IF BY SEA (Dolby Stereo)
01/19/96 … FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/16/96 … MR. WRONG (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/08/96 … BRAVEHEART (RE, Dolby Stereo)
03/15/96 … TWO MUCH (Dolby Stereo)
03/22/96 … DIABOLIQUE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/03/96 … PRIMAL FEAR (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/22/96 … MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (6 weeks, DTS)
07/03/96 … PHENOMENON (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/09/96 … ESCAPE FROM L.A. (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/23/96 … THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/20/96 … THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/18/96 … SLEEPERS (5 weeks, DTS)
11/22/96 … STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (5 weeks, DTS)
12/25/96 … EVENING STAR (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/10/97 … THE RELIC (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
01/31/97 … METRO (MO, weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/12/97 … DANGEROUS GROUND (Dolby Stereo)
02/21/97 … STAR WARS (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03/14/97 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (RE, 5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04/18/97 … 8 HEADS IN A DUFFEL BAG (Dolby Stereo)
04/25/97 … ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05/09/97 … FATHERS’ DAY (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06/06/97 … BREAKDOWN (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06/20/97 … BATMAN AND ROBIN (5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07/25/97 … AIR FORCE ONE (9 weeks, DTS)
09/26/97 … THE EDGE (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10/24/97 … A LIFE LESS ORDINARY (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/07/97 … MAD CITY (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11/21/97 … MAD CITY / RED CORNER (Dolby Digital / DTS)
11/26/97 … ALIEN: RESURRECTION (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12/25/97 … AS GOOD AS IT GETS (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)

02/13/98 … SPHERE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)

03/02/98 … DARK

Booking lists are also available for for the Cinema Grossmont, the Center, Cinerama and the Cinema 21.

rperaza
rperaza on May 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Although no pun intended, this Valley Circle ad from 1966 really brings it full circle to me: I was born in 1966 and this theater was a a second home for my brother and I during the summer of 1978. Star Wars was on it’s 2nd-year run there and my brother and I would do a double viewing every day Monday through Friday while our recently-remarried dad went to work ( we didn’t want to spend time with the step-monster, I mean ‘mother’), so it became our coping sanctuary. What a beautiful theater this was with its 150-degree Cinerama screen and all!

rivest266
rivest266 on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

The December 23rd, 1966 grand opening ad has been posted here.

neeb
neeb on August 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

@kagemusha98 OLIVER wasn’t 70mm?! Oh man… I have to go check the ads because I think it was advertised as 70mm! I’ve been toying with a cleaned up version of the playlist so this is invaluable. Thanks!

kagemusha98
kagemusha98 on June 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I worked at the Valley Circle from OLIVER! ( I had to open the OLIVER program to the photo of Fagin holding a sausage as the manager thought it would help sell hot dogs:–)) to PAPILLON as an usher. I remember the manager Art Paulson. Nice man but was shocked as the films got more and more explicit! I remember 2 Sneak Previews….One was the original X rated version of WHERE"S POPPA? and also the 12 CHAIRS. The OLIVER print was 35mm and stereo. I remember the projectionist telling me hoe disappointed that we did not get a 70mm print) He also virtually turned off the surrounds because he did not like the high pitched “whistle” coming from the surrounds. Also the 70mm print of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG was replaced with a 35mm one two weeks into the run.

Zubi
Zubi on May 31, 2011 at 4:09 am

Correct URL for photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32990413@N08/4588682538/ per link kindly provided by rleather.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

thanks neeb for the earlier movies,sorta lost interest in the ninties.

rleather
rleather on May 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

Picture from www.modernsandiego.com A beautiful 1960s modern building.

View link

neeb
neeb on September 15, 2008 at 9:37 am

THE VALLEY CIRCLE: THE NIFTY NINETIES

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates represent the first day of commercial release and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm â€" mono sound presentation.
All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

01/12/90 … STEEL MAGNOLIAS (MO, Dolby Stereo)
01/19/90 … MUSIC BOX (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/02/90 … STELLA (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/16/90 … REVENGE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/09/90 … BAD INFLUENCE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/23/90 … PRETTY WOMAN (13 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/22/90 … BETSY’S WEDDING (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/18/90 … ARACHNOPHOBIA (5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08/22/90 … PUMP UP THE VOLUME (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/14/90 … POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/19/90 … QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11/09/90 … REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/30/90 … MISERY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/11/91 … AWAKENINGS (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/01/91 … SHIPWRECKED (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/15/91 … GUILTY BY SUSPICION (Dolby Stereo)
03/22/91 … THE LONG WALK HOME (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/26/91 … OSCAR (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/17/91 … IMPROMPTU (Dolby Stereo)
05/24/91 … FANTASIA (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05/21/91 … AMBITION (Dolby Stereo)
06/07/91 … DANCES WITH WOLVES (MO, Dolby Stereo SR)
06/14/91 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
07/10/91 … REGARDING HENRY (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/16/91 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
09/07/91 … STAR TREK MARATHON (one day, Dolby Stereo)
09/20/91 … LATE FOR DINNER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/11/91 … FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/22/91 … THE ADDAMS FAMILY (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
12/25/91 … THE PRINCE OF TIDES (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

02/07/92 … MEDICINE MAN (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/13/92 … THE MAMBO KINGS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04/10/92 … NEWSIES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04/24/92 … PASSED AWAY (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/08/92 … WILD ORCHID 2 (2 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
05/22/92 … ENCINO MAN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/05/92 … PATRIOT GAMES (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/17/92 … HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/14/92 … SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/25/92 … MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
10/16/92 … CONSENTING ADULTS (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11/25/92 … ALADDIN (17 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

03/26/93 … BORN YESTERDAY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/16/93 … BOILING POINT (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/30/93 … SIDEKICKS (Dolby Stereo)
05/07/93 … DAVE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/18/93 … LAST ACTION HERO (4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/16/93 … FREE WILLY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/27/93 … FATHER HOOD (Dolby Stereo)
09/03/93 … FORTRESS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/24/93 … THE JOY LUCK CLUB (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/24/93 … A PERFECT WORLD (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/25/93 … HEAVEN & EARTH (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

01/21/94 … SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/04/94 … MY FATHER THE HERO (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/18/94 … ON DEADLY GROUND (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/11/94 … THE REF (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/30/94 … JIMMY HOLLYWOOD (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/15/94 … WHITE FANG 2: MYTH OF THE WHITE WOLF (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/29/94 … THE FAVOR (Dolby Stereo)
05/06/94 … WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/03/94 … THE ENDLESS SUMMER II (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/24/94 … MAVERICK (MO, Dolby Stereo)
07/01/94 … BLOWN AWAY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/20/94 … THE CLIENT (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/02/94 … A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/16/94 … QUIZ SHOW (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/21/94 … LOVE AFFAIR (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/11/94 … INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/09/94 … DISCLOSURE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/06/95 … SAFE PASSAGE (Dolby Stereo)
01/13/95 … NOBODY’S FOOL (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/17/95 … FORREST GUMP (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/10/95 … OUTBREAK (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/07/95 … DON JUAN DEMARCO (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/21/94 … WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/24/95 … BRAVEHEART (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/23/95 … POCAHONTAS (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08/11/95 … DANGEROUS MINDS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/15/95 … BRAVEHEART (Dolby Stereo)
09/22/95 … SHOWGIRLS (3 weeks, DTS)
10/13/95 … THE SCARLET LETTER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/03/95 … HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/17/95 … THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/20/95 … NIXON (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/12/96 … TWO IF BY SEA (Dolby Stereo)
01/19/96 … FROM DUCK TILL DAWN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/16/96 … MR. WRONG (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/08/96 … BRAVEHEART (RE, Dolby Stereo)
03/15/96 … TWO MUCH (Dolby Stereo)
03/22/96 … DIABOLIQUE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/03/96 … PRIMAL FEAR (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/22/96 … MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (6 weeks, DTS)
07/03/96 … PHENOMENON (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/09/96 … ESCAPE FROM L.A. (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/23/96 … THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/20/96 … THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/18/96 … SLEEPERS (5 weeks, DTS)
11/22/96 … STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (5 weeks, DTS)
12/25/96 … EVENING STAR (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/10/97 … THE RELIC (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
01/31/97 … METRO (MO, weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/12/97 … DANGEROUS GROUND (Dolby Stereo)
02/21/97 … STAR WARS (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03/14/97 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (RE, 5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04/18/97 … 8 HEADS IN A DUFFEL BAG (Dolby Stereo)
04/25/97 … ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05/09/97 … FATHERS’ DAY (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06/06/97 … BREAKDOWN (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06/20/97 … BATMAN AND ROBIN (5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07/25/97 … AIR FORCE ONE (9 weeks, DTS)
09/26/97 … THE EDGE (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10/24/97 … A LIFE LESS ORDINARY (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/07/97 … MAD CITY (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11/21/97 … MAD CITY / RED CORNER (Dolby Digital / DTS)
11/26/97 … ALIEN: RESURRECTION (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12/25/97 … AS GOOD AS IT GETS (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)

02/13/98 … SPHERE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)

03/02/98 … CLOSED

Further information on the Valley Circle can be found by clicking the link.

Booking lists are also available for for the Cinema Grossmont, the Center, and the Cinerama.

The Cinema 21 is coming soon.

Champlin
Champlin on June 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Am looking for first hand accounts of seeing The Night Porter at this theater in connection with film history research i am engaged in. Anyone with memories of The night Porter, please feel free to get in touch. .co.uk

neeb
neeb on June 16, 2008 at 9:31 am

THE VALLEY CIRCLE: THE AWESOME EIGHTIES
RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates represent the first day of commercial release and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm â€" mono sound presentation.
All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

04/04/80 … NIJINSKY (4 weeks)
05/02/80 … THE 39 STEPS (6 weeks)
06/13/80 … THE SHINING (7 weeks)
08/01/80 … RAISE THE TITANIC (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/26/80 … ORDINARY PEOPLE (12 weeks)
12/19/80 … SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (13 weeks)

03/20/81 … THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (5 weeks)
04/24/81 … ATLANTIC CITY (4 weeks)
05/22/81 … OUTLAND (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/17/81 … ARTHUR (10 weeks)
09/25/81 … ONLY WHEN I LAUGH (12 weeks)
12/18/81 … PENNIES FOM HEAVEN (6 weeks)

01/29/82 … ON GOLDEN POND (18 weeks)
06/04/82 … POLTERGEIST (27 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/10/82 … AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL (6 weeks)

01/21/83 … SOPHIE’S CHOICE (9 weeks)
03/25/83 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04/01/83 … MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD (4 weeks)
04/29/83 … BABY, IT’S YOU (4 weeks)
05/27/83 … LA TRAVIATA (4 weeks)
06/24/83 … TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/29/83 … KRULL (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/09/83 … PUBERTY BLUES (2 weeks)
09/21/83 … GANDHI (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/30/83 … THE BIG CHILL (8 weeks)
11/23/83 … TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (19 weeks)

04/06/84 … MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/01/84 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (3 weeks)
06/22/84 … THE KARATE KID (16 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/12/84 … COUNTRY (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/07/84 … 2010 (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02/08/85 … MRS. SOFFEL (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/08/85 … FANTASIA (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/22/85 … MASK (9 weeks)
05/24/85 … A VIEW TO A KILL (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/28/85 … ST. ELMO’S FIRE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/24/85 … THE BLACK CAULDRON (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08/16/85 … YEAR OF THE DRAGON (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/27/85 … MARIE (2 weeks)
10/11/85 … AFTER HOURS (4 weeks)
11/08/85 … THAT WAS THEN… THIS IS NOW (2 weeks)
11/22/85 … ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/06/85 … WHITE NIGHTS (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01/31/86 … MURPHY’S ROMANCE (5 weeks)
03/07/86 … NINE ½ WEEKS (Dolby Stereo)
03/14/86 … CROSSROADS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/11/86 … THE COLOR PURPLE (RE, Dolby Stereo)
04/18/86 … TROUBLE IN MIND (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/16/86 … SALVADOR (3 weeks)
06/06/86 … ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/20/86 … THE KARATE KID II (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/22/86 … STAND BY ME (8 weeks)
10/17/86 … THE COLOR OF MONEY (10 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/25/86 … THE MISSION (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

03/13/87 … TIN MEN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/10/87 … THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (12 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/01/87 … INNERSPACE (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/24/87 … LA BAMBA (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/28/87 … THE FOURTH PROTOCOL (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/18/87 … HELLRAISER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/09/87 … SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/28/87 … WEEDS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/20/87 … FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/11/87 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02/05/88 … SHE’S HAVING A BABY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/26/88 … FRANTIC (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/18/88 … LITTLE NIKITA (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/30/88 … BEETLEJUICE (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/25/88 … CROCODILE DUNDEE (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/15/88 … BAMBI (RE, 2 weeks)
07/29/88 … A FISH CALLED WANDA (10 weeks)
10/07/88 … MEMORIES OF ME (4 weeks)
11/04/88 … THE GOOD MOTHER (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo )
11/18/88 … 1969 (3 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
12/09/88 … 1969 / A CRY IN THE DARK (Ultra Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
12/16/88 … RAIN MAN (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

02/17/89 … TRUE BELIEVER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03/10/89 … NEW YORK STORIES (2 weeks)
03/24/89 … DEAD BANG (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/07/89 … DEAD CALM (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/28/89 … CRIMINAL LAW (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/12/89 … EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (Dolby Stereo)
05/19/89 … ROAD HOUSE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
06/09/89 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
06/16/89 … GHOSTBUSTERS II (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/12/89 … WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (12 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/06/89 … A DRY WHITE SEASON (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/20/89 … GROSS ANATOMY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/10/89 … STAYING TOGETHER (Dolby Stereo)
11/17/89 … ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/01/89 … NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

neeb
neeb on June 16, 2008 at 9:27 am

THE VALLEY CIRCLE: THE SUPER SEVENTIES

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)
RSE = Reserve-Seat Engagement

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates represent the first day of commercial release and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm â€" mono sound presentation.
All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

03/18/70 … MAS*H (32 weeks)
10/28/70 … closed
11/25/70 … DIRTY DINGUS MAGEE (4 weeks)
12/23/70 … WHERE’S POPPA? (2 weeks

01/08/71 … THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / BORSALINO
01/15/71 … THUNDERBALL / YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (2 weeks)
01/27/71 … CROMWELL (5 weeks)
03/05/71 … I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (2 weeks)
03/19/71 … COLD TURKEY (7weeks)
05/05/71 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 4 weeks)
06/02/71 … BANANAS (4 weeks)
06/30/72 … WILD ROVERS / PRETTY MAIDS IN A ROW
07/21/71 … FORTUNE AND MEN’S EYE (2 weeks)
08/04/71 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY / GRAND PRIX (RE, 70mm-Stereo)
08/13/71 … THE LOVE MACHINE (6 weeks)
09/22/71 … DOC / THE HUNTING PARTY
10/06/71 … JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (3 weeks)
10/29/71 … WEST SIDE STORY / AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (RE, 2 weeks)
11/10/71 … AMERICAN WILDERNESS
11/19/71 … BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (9 weeks)

01/21/72 … STRAW DOGS (7 weeks)
03/08/72 … THE TROJAN WOMEN
03/15/72 … NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA (RSE, 12 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
06/07/72 … FUZZ (3 weeks)
06/29/72 … A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (13 weeks)
09/29/72 …
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX * BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (8 weeks)
11/22/72 …
THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS (3 weeks)
12/11/72 …
THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS / THE DEADLY TRAP
12/20/72 …
THE GETAWAY (12 weeks)

** listed as “An X-Rated Movie in Color”

03/16/73 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (RE, 15 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
06/29/73 … 40 CARATS (3 weeks)
07/18/73 … TOM SAWYER (3 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08/10/73 … OKLAHOMA CRUDE (3 weeks)
08/29/73 … A TOUCH OF CLASS (MO, 6 weeks)
10/10/73 … JEREMY (4 weeks)
11/07/73 … EXECUTIVE ACTION (6 weeks)
12/19/73 … PAPILLON (15 weeks)

04/05/74 … THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (2 weeks)
04/17/74 … THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS / PAPER MOON (3 weeks)
05/17/74 … THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS / A TOUCH OF CLASS (8 weeks)
06/26/74 … OUR TIME
07/05/74 … OUR TIME / 40 CARATS (2 weeks)
07/17/74 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT (14 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10/23/74 … THE GAMBLER (5 weeks)
11/27/74 … THE NIGHT PORTER (3 weeks)
12/19/74 … THE TOWERING INFERNO (13 weeks)

03/19/75 … FUNNY LADY (15 weeks)
07/04/75 … BITE THE BULLET (7 weeks)
08/22/75 … THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (4 weeks)
09/19/75 … THE HAPPY HOOKER (2 weeks)
10/03/75 … FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (3 weeks)
10/24/75 … MAHOGANY (4 weeks)
11/21/75 … FANTASIA (RE, 5 weeks)
12/25/75 … HUSTLE (7 weeks)

02/11/76 … BARRY LYNDON (11 weeks)
04/28/76 … ROBIN AND MARIAN (4 weeks)
05/26/76 … WON TON TON (3 weeks)
06/16/76 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Part II (7 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08/04/76 … FUTUREWORLD (6 weeks)
09/15/76 … HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK (4 weeks)
10/15/76 … CAR WASH (5 weeks)
11/19/76 … LED ZEPPELIN: THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME (4 weeks)
12/17/76 … KING KONG (9 weeks)

02/16/77 … TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING (2 weeks)
03/04/77 … BOUND FOR GLORY (4 weeks)
03/30/77 … BLACK SUNDAY (8 weeks)
05/25/77 … STAR WARS (37 weeks)

02/10/78 … STAR WARS (20 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06/28/78 … HEAVEN CAN WAIT (16 weeks)
10/20/78 … FANTASIA (3 weeks, Stereo)
11/08/78 … MAGIC (6 weeks)
12/22/78 … ICE CASTLES (9 weeks)

02/23/79 … DAYS OF HEAVEN (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03/16/79 … THE CHINA SYNDROME (9 weeks)
05/18/79 … HANOVER STREET (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/08/79 … PLAYERS (5 weeks)
07/13/79 … JUST YOU AND ME, KID (3 weeks)
08/03/79 … NORTH DALLAS FORTY (9 weeks)
10/05/79 … STARTING OVER (9 weeks)
12/07/79 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (17 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

William
William on March 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm

The currect title for the film you list for Jun 7,14,21 1967 is “Eight on the Lam” with Bob Hope.

neeb
neeb on February 19, 2008 at 8:42 am

THE VALLEY CIRCLE: THE SWINGING SIXTIES

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)
GSE = Guaranteed-Seat Enagement

Listings include regular engagements only. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm â€" mono sound presentation.
All listing from San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” (http://www.in70mm.com/library/70mm_in/san_diego.htm) by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

23 Dec 1966 … AFTER THE FOX (3 weeks)

13 Jan 1967 … A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (4 weeks)
08 Feb 1967 … BLOW UP (6 weeks)
22 Mar 1967 … HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
29 Mar 1967 … HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING / KHARTOUM
05 Apr 1967 … HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING / ANY WEDNESDAY
12 Apr 1967 … OH DAD, POOR DAD / 25th HOUR
19 Apr 1967 … OH DAD, POOR DAD / PENELOPE
26 Apr 1967 … HOMBRE
03 May 1967 … HOMBRE / THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM
24 May 1967 … FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE / WELCOME TO HARD TIMES (2 weeks)
07 Jun 1967 … EIGHT ON THE LAMB
14 Jun 1967 … EIGHT ON THE LAMB / FINDERS KEEPERS
21 Jun 1967 … EIGHT ON THE LAMB / THE GREAT ESCAPE
28 Jun 1967 … THE DIRTY DOZEN (9 weeks)
30 Aug 1967 … UP THE DOWN STAIR CASE (3 weeks)
20 Sep 1967 … UP THE DOWN STAIR CASE / THE NAKED RUNNER
27 Sep 1967 … THE FAMILY WAY / THE BOBO (5 weeks)
01 Nov 1967 … THE FLIM-FLAM MAN / ZORBA THE GREEK
08 Nov 1967 … THE FLIM-FLAM MAN / DIVORCE, AMERICAN STYLE
15 Nov 1967 … COOL HAND LUKE (2 weeks)
29 Nov 1967 … COOL HAND LUKE / WHO’S MINDING THE MINT? (2 weeks)
11 Dec 1967 … JOHN F. KENNEDY: YEARS OF LIGHTNING, DAY OF DRUMS (two days only)
13 Dec 1967 … COOL HAND LUKE / WHO’S MINDING THE MINT?
20 Dec 1967 … FITZWILLY / ROSIE
27 Dec 1967 … FITZWILLY / GEORGY GIRL

03 Jan 1968 … FITZWILLY / LUV
10 Jan 1968 … SMASHING TIME / WATERHOLE #3
17 Jan 1968 … BONNIE AND CLYDE / YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW (MO, 4 weeks)
16 Feb 1968 … GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? (17 weeks)
13 Jun 1968 … YOURS, MINE AND OURS (6 weeks)
24 Jul 1968 … YOURS, MINE AND OURS / THE DEVIL’S BRIGADE
31 Jul 1968 … YOURS, MINE AND OURS / THE PRIVATE NAVY OF SGT. O'FARRELL
07 Aug 1968 … FOR LOVE OF IVY (7 weeks)
25 Sep 1968 … THE SWIMMER (2 weeks)
09 Oct 1968 … THE SWIMMER / THE PARTY
16 Oct 1968 … HELGA / PLANET OF LIFE
23 Oct 1968 … THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM / HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
30 Oct 1968 … THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE / WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT?
06 Nov 1968 … SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES / FANTASTIC VOYAGE
13 Nov 1968 … WEST SIDE STORY (RE, 2 weeks)
27 Nov 1968 … YELLOW SUBMARINE (3 weeks)
18 Dec 1968 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (GSE, 14 weeks, 70 mm-Stereo)

27 Mar 1969 … OLIVER! (GSE, 26 weeks, 70 mm-Stereo)
24 Sep 1969 … EASY RIDER (9 weeks)
26 Nov 1969 … OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR (2 weeks)
10 Dec 1969 …2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 2 weeks)
25 Dec 1969 …BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE (12 weeks)

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on October 24, 2007 at 5:32 am

Charlie,

Add-a-photo will return as soon as possible. It is part of the next version of the site currently under development…

MRY886
MRY886 on October 8, 2007 at 5:16 am

I am doing research on the National Theater in Westwood (which is closing this month and faces possible demolition) and found that the architect of that one, Harold W. Levitt, also designed the Fox Valley Circle Theater. I also found of picture of this really interesting theater on a website devoted to Levitt’s work. When are we going to have the photo load feature back? It’s been at least two years.

neeb
neeb on May 29, 2007 at 7:14 am

This is the first theater to play Star Wars in San Diego. It’s gone but the memory remains.

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on January 4, 2007 at 9:27 pm

I’ve only been to this theatre once and went to it by accident. My girlfriend and I decided to see “Dave” in 1993 and it was playing by our hotel. To my surprise, the theatre was very nice. The lobby was clean and the auditorium was huge. I’m estimating there were over 900 seats. I think there might have been a “maximum capacity” sign over the door as we went inside the auditorium and my jaw dropped when I saw the amount of seats. I had no idea how big this theatre was. We came at night and immediately went inside. I figured it was a small theatre.

Projection was clean and the sound wasn’t too bad. If I recall, there were curtains for presentation, but I don’t recall if they were closed before the movie started. The screen itself was pretty big, but I’m not sure how big.

I drove past it the next day on our way back home in Orange County. The Valley Circle was good sized. I think the outer wall was made of some type of flagstone, but I’m not sure off-hand. I have a print out from Motion Picture Herald somewhere in my files with pictures of it and seating numbers. It was equipped for 70mm projection.

Once again another ‘60s movie theatre has met with the wrecking ball. Sad. This was a good one.