UA Warner Center

6050 Canoga Avenue,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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fieldight
fieldight on June 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

Ajtarantex when did you work there?

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on June 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

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 May 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

(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.

fieldight
fieldight on May 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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.

km109
km109 on April 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

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

Knatcal
Knatcal on June 23, 2008 at 3:15 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.”

lionbreeder
lionbreeder on May 29, 2007 at 7:14 pm

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

AlanSanborn
AlanSanborn on April 21, 2007 at 1:14 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

Coate
Coate on January 25, 2007 at 5:59 pm

The 70mm presentations at the WARNER CENTER included:

Superman (1978)
Alien (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Sleeping Beauty (1981 re-issue)
The Empire Strikes Back (1981 re-issue)
Quest For Fire (1982)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (1983)
Return Of The Jedi (1983)
2010 (1984)
Return Of The Jedi (1985 re-issue)
Cocoon (1985)
Aliens (1986)
Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Batman (1989)
Last Action Hero (1993)

For more, see: View link

The theatre initially did not use Dolby equipment for their stereo presentations. But by the mid-1980s they had installed Dolby and also had become THX certified in their largest auditorium.

Coate
Coate on January 25, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Intro data claims theatre complex opened in early 1980s. Not correct! The WARNER CENTER opened in December 1978.

The original six attractions were:
Every Which Way But Loose
Lord Of The Rings
Moment By Moment
Pinocchio (re-release)
Superman
Watership Down

Coate
Coate on January 25, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Wow…TWO whole pictures! Well, I can match that. :–)

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bpatrick666
bpatrick666 on January 22, 2007 at 7:23 pm

I was one of the projectionists at the UA WARNER 6 around 1985. This theater has a 70mm projection system in theater number two (the blue theater)
The Manager was George Gerard and his wife Kathy was the assistant manager. Their son Geordie was a projectionist in rotation and they seemed to have their infant daughter, Jennifer, at the theater all the time.
UA theaters had ousted its projectionist union by this time. Prior to 1985 the theater had been plagued with projectionist vandalisim. Platters of film being sliced and so on. By 1985 that was not a problem. It was a premiere place to see a 70mm print in the west valley. The sound system in theater 2 was maintained and delivered quality 6 channel audio.

Lavarus
Lavarus on January 19, 2007 at 7:22 am

Address Correction: 6030 Canoga Ave. At this location there now sits a self-storage building owned by Storage, Etc.