Woodland Hills Cinema

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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This was a three-screen theater built in the 1960s (I think) in the same design as the Montclair GCC.

Located on the southeast corner of Victory Boulevard and Owensmouth (behind what was a Soup Exchange in the early 1990s), it was a first run theater for the longest time, but was eventually downgraded to second-run movies by the late ‘80s under pressure of competition from theaters like Pacific’s Topanga, U/A’s Warner Center (both a block over, in different directions), and the GCC Fallbrook one mile away in West Hills. For a few years, this venue was also home to Friday and Saturday night casts that performed “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

In early November 1991, this theater was closed down then fenced-off for roughly four months. In March 1992, it was torn down so that a new, modern building could be erected in its place. As of 2006, said building is split between a Men’s Warehouse and CompUSA.

Contributed by Lavar Burkhart

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Lavarus
Lavarus on January 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm

This was a GCC venue up until the date of its closure. Each theater had a center aisle with roughly 275 seats.

Lavarus
Lavarus on January 19, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Address Correction: 6400 Owensmouth Ave. @ Victory Blvd. one block due east of The Topanga site.

bpatrick666
bpatrick666 on January 24, 2007 at 9:15 pm

I recall this being build in the late 70’s possibly 1978.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on August 15, 2007 at 2:09 am

Also known as the GCC Woodland Hills Triplex, and the Woodland Hills Cinema I-III from 1979-1980. It has two screens until 1984 or so, at which point it was triplexed.

fieldight
fieldight on June 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

I saw a lot of memorable films and had significant experiences at this theatre growing up in the 80’s! Saw Tootsie there, Halloween III I remember and how everyone was confused afterwards as to where the heck was Michael Myers. Remember Elephant Man, Tender Mercies—films my parents dragged us along to see and we were bored to tears. Always seemed to see the John Carpenter movies here: Christine, Starman. Saw prince’s Under The Cherry Moon, sorry but I loved it—1986! Theatre hopped here all the time. Miss this theatre a lot!!!

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