South Coast Village Cinemas

1561 W. Sunflower Avenue,
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Zubi on June 22, 2010 at 12:41 am

This theatre opened in 1971, not 1972; was opened by UA, not Edwards (they later acquired it) and its main auditorium was 700, not 500 (total seating capacity, including the 2 smaller houses was 1180 under UA).

CTCrouch on October 23, 2007 at 4:52 pm

I’ve been told some of the upstairs support areas still have UA logo carpeting (30+ year old carpet).

papibear on October 1, 2007 at 11:00 pm

Previous to Edwards ownership, this theater was owned by the United Artists Theater Chain for many years.

CTCrouch on May 27, 2007 at 8:32 am

Opened in 1972 as a first run theatre, converted to art/independent/revival in the 80’s. Formerly an Edwards Theatre, later as part of Regal Entertainment Group, the property is located directly across the street from South Coast Plaza (facing Nordstroms). The theatre was allowed to fall in to disrepair, under REG, and closed in January 2007. Regency Theatres picked up the lease, remodeled, and reopened the theatre in March 2007.

The theatre has a no frills, purely functional, layout. A large auditorium (formely 500+ seats, but slightly less after the remodel) on one side, two smaller auditoriums on the other. The small lobby is divided by a peninsula style concession stand, that doubles as the venue’s box office. Following the remodel, lounge furniture was added to the lobby.