Montclair Cinemas

9355 Monte Vista Avenue,
Montclair, CA 91763

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rivest266 on November 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Expanded to 8 screens on October 24th, 1980. No grand opening in the LA times.

richjr37 on September 7, 2019 at 5:27 am

Added a May 30,1969 ad for a special weeklong showing of the classic first Oscar winner for Best Picture. 1927’s “Wings”.

Smart5 on July 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Man I remember coming to this theater as a kid along with UA 6 on central.

DENNISMAHANEY1 on April 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

Well I found two photos this was an important theater where are the photos

richjr37 on May 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Los Angeles Times once listed the theatre in its independent theatre section as shown by the photo in the photo section.

rivest266 on February 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

April 2nd, 1969 grand opening ad in the photo section.

larryoakford on September 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

I worked at the Montclair Cinema from the summer of 1969 to 1975. Started off as an usher and shortly moved up to Chief of Staff. Then there were 2 houses, one was 1000 seats and the other was 500 seats. I remember that the theater, which had opened a few weeks before I was hired, was showing Bullit and Romeo & Juliet. The first manager was James Polydorus. Lots of great memories were had in this place. So sad that it no longer exists.

Logan5 on November 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Montclair GCC Cinema in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 23, 2011 at 4:36 am

An article in the San Dimas Press from March 27, 1969 says that the theatre would be opening April 2, 1969.

rontrotter on January 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

Yes. There are no longer “professional” projectionists. It’s all done by the snackbar girls and boys as most theatres are “digital” and all they have to do is start the DVD by pushing a button. Yes, we pay big bucks to watch a movie that is basically on a DVD…only more technically advanced and cannot be played on a home unit.

TimC on January 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

For the record for anyone else who visits this page, Ron knows his stuff about this theatre, and knows his stuff about projection. When you go to the movies nowadays and are able to see into the projection booth, you usually see someone barely out of high school fumbling around with the machinery in there, mostly clueless about what is going on with the machinery and film, if they even use film there anymore. Ron and Mr. Kelly from GCC Montclair were masters of the machines and of the film itself, something that is just simply missing in most theatres today. I salute them both.

TimC on January 13, 2011 at 2:25 am

Hey, Ron! How goes it? “Installations” may be a too generous term, as I don’t mean wiring the place for sound or anything, but did stuff like the “new” interior marquee signs, doing the changeout from the old red and white to the gray and blue seats, etc. In any case, I was pretty intimate with both buildings for a long time…they are still missed by me every time I am around the Montclair Plaza area. Good to “see” you, Ron, and Bill’s name up above as well! I went on a bit of a nostalgia trip today and “Googled” GCC and wound up here. Small world!

rontrotter on January 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm

TimC: What kind of installations did you do at the GCC complex? I just remember the “RCA” tech’s doing the projection/sound service.

TimC on January 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

With a little digging I can come up with a lot of photos of the place, as I did a lot of banners, signs, and window painting for promotions back then. I have the photos packed away someplace…

TimC on January 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I worked at these theatres from 1988 to 1996 or 1997. I can still mentally tour every last square inch of both buildings, top to bottom, inside and out…pretty literally, as I spent a good amount of time behind screens, inside ceilings, and whatnot, doing various installations, fix it jobs, and cleanup. The space that the front building filled is now an Elephant Bar and a Macaroni Grill, while the back building space is a gym. It’s amazing to me how small the space that the front building filled now looks…the restaurants make the spot seem so small, while that front building with three screens seemed so massive back in the day. I miss the place greatly…by far that has been my favorite job ever.

rontrotter on August 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

One would think that as the projectionist at the Montclair Cinemas for thirty years I would take lots of photos. Didn’t happen. I did take few, very few, photos of the place but after ten years I can’t find them. I should look for them. A note to Lavar: The back five cinemas were operated by General Cinema until the last and final day of operation and were never ‘independent’; always GCC.

AnthonyDuran on August 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for all the info, Ron! The General Cinema holds SO MANY memories for me, that it’s nice to get an insider’s perspective. Also great to see that so many other people cherished it, as well. Do you have any pictures? And if so, is there anyway you could post them?

rontrotter on August 12, 2010 at 12:54 am

The back five theatres were built from scratch, designed to be a five screen facility from the beginning.

richjr37 on August 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

One more question:in 1980,was the five screen building new or had it been previously occupied and then converted into a theatre?

richjr37 on August 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Thank you and i stand corrected,kind sir.

rontrotter on August 4, 2010 at 3:40 am

Rich Jr’s 1979 date is wrong for the opening of the back five. It was 1980. I was there.

rontrotter on August 4, 2010 at 3:34 am

Looking at the original building from the Montclair Plaza parking lot, the “big” theatre on the left side was twined making the theatre a triplex in 1977. The back five opened in 1980 with “THE ELEPHANT MAN” at the first attraction.

richjr37 on August 4, 2010 at 2:35 am

Ron,i asked this earlier but i hope you can answer:when was the left side of the original twin turned into a triplex? Also,when did the five screens in the back open?

rontrotter on July 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

As one of the two projectionists for thirty years at the Montclair “Twin” then “Triplex” then “Eightplex” then “Fiveplex” then nothing, I saw many changes in the facility from ‘twinning’ the large auditorium to adding the fiveplex in the back making it an eightplex to the distruction of the front theatre to the closure and distruction of the back five. The Montclair Cinema’s last day was September 2, 2000. I know. I was there to break down the film and start dismantling the projection equipment. A sad day. And a loss of a thirty-year-old job.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

Here’s something that popped up in the “General Cinema Locations” thread on a training video for ticketing cashiers for the Montclair Cinema. Enjoy!

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