UA Warner Center

6050 Canoga Avenue,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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This theater was in the heart of Warner Center, located behind a Mexican restaurant and next to an old Wickes Furniture store on Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills. Although it was only built in the early 1980s, it seemed to age practically overnight when the huge AMC Promenade opened up its 16-screen venue two blocks away during the spring of 1996…thus ushering in the megaplex construction boom of the late ‘90s.

Although boasting a half-dozen screens of its own, this multiplex had trouble competing; not even the opening of a Fry’s Electronics store in the old Wickes building next door could help to increase their business. After leaning towards foreign and art-house fare during the last couple years of showing films, it ceased operations permanently in 1999.

Within a year or two, it had been torn down and a huge public storage building was erected in its place.

Contributed by Lavar Burkhart

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AlanSanborn
AlanSanborn on April 21, 2007 at 7:14 pm

I don’t imagine this theater gets a lot of traffic here. I worked there in it’s final months as the “House Manager” (I believe that was my title) which was essentially the head Asst. Mgr. below the general manager. That general manager was Bill Day in those final months and I had transferred with him from the United Artists Westwood Theater which (shamefully) there is no listing for which I can find on these pages. I had worked for 17 years at the Westwood House but did the change to Woodland Hills as a favor to Bill (not to mention the fact that they gave me a raise and, since I had moved to Northridge, it was closer to home).

Generally speaking, there were only two houses out of the six which were pretty decent. More than any film we played, I mostly remember when the trailers arrived for The Phantom Menace. I would go into the theater almost every time to watch it and must have seen that coming attraction sixty or seventy times.

But the theater closed as did the Westwood House and, barring a brief period doing projecton in La Canada, my time with U.A. was over.

They weren’t the greatest theaters around but the job was a lot of fun.

Best wishes,

Alan Sanborn

lionbreeder
lionbreeder on May 30, 2007 at 1:14 am

i worked there in the early-mid 80’s as an usher and finally asst mngr…. CRazy fun times.. it was definitely the place to work

Knatcal
Knatcal on June 23, 2008 at 9:15 pm

UA Warner Center was one of several UA theaters in the San Fernando Valley that looked very much alike (the UA Granada Hills and the UA Valley Plaza being the others – all closed now). The UA Warner Theater resembled its sister theaters in being very boxy. In the late 1980’s I saw many films here because someone I knew then could get into the theater for free. I do not remember why. In its heyday the UA Warner Theater however was very busy. In particular I waited in very long lines to see “Batman” and “Waterworld.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Here is a February 1983 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/y9a727h

km109
km109 on April 16, 2010 at 1:02 am

I opened this place in Dec 1978. Just turned 16 years old in November. This was my first “real” job.

Great memories, or I wouldn’t be on this website.

Kurt Messerschmidt

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 16, 2010 at 5:00 am

I doubt AlanSanborn is still watching this page, but if anyone else mistakenly believes that the United Artists Westwood Theatre is (shamefully) missing from the Cinema Treasures database, it can be found listed under its later name, the Mann Festival Theatre.

fieldight
fieldight on June 1, 2011 at 12:26 am

For some reason it is this theatre that is most vivid in my youth, growing up in the 80s! It certainly wasn’t your vintage, classic looking movie house. It looked very much like a mall theatre, except on large room and a bunch of theatres—mostly small except for the 2 main ones on either far side of the concession counter. I would spend all day there many times, especially during the summer. Saw Every Which Way But Loose in the small theatre to the right of the concession stand. Saw Superman there in the big theatre to the right. The Shining was playing there but my friend and I were too scared to stay in the theatre. How we managed to theatre hop all day is beyond me, there really wasn’t any way to be discreet about it with their lobby set up. Saw Bladerunner and loved it as a 12 year old. Cont: in following comment…

fieldight
fieldight on June 1, 2011 at 12:32 am

(cont) Saw Moment By Moment of course—I mean it was Travolta’s new film!! Saw Little Darlings, The Pirate Movie! Random but remember Hercules with Lou Ferigno playing there. Caveman w Ringo Starr, Rocky III, The Rocky Horror they would host on Sat midnight. About Last Night, St. Elmo’s Fire. Remember 2010 w Roy Scheider. Platoon! Tom Hanks and Gleason in Nothing In Common. I truly miss this movie theatre which was ground zero for much of my youth growing up in the valley and the movies which shaped my life.

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on June 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I managed this place for about six months, after Neil Stoleberg went to work for General Cinmea, It was a busy theatre and all of the Film Companies EXC. children wanted to work there. So in order for UA to play the game and get film they made the Manager hire these lazy useless people that couldn’t even sweep the floor.

fieldight
fieldight on June 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Ajtarantex when did you work there?

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