Cinema Grossmont

550 Grossmont Center Drive,
La Mesa, CA 91942

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Cinema Grossmont c. 1993

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Opened in July 1965 with “In Harm’s Way”, the Cinema Grossmont was a single screen theater owned by Statewide. Originally located at Highway 80 and Jackson, it would soon serve to anchor the Grossmont Mall.

Equipped for 70mm exhibitions, the first 70mm engagement to play there was “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” on August 4, 1965.

This theater was also the only place in the area to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 70mm when it opened in 1981.

The Grossmont Theater was joined by a small three-screen multiplex in the mall in the early-1980’s before it closed in January 1992 with the film “JFK”.

After its closure, it served as a Good Guys electronics store. Currently, it sits empty.

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neeb
neeb on October 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

CINEMA GROSSMONT PART III: THE 1980s AND 90s
550 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

RE = Re-Issue/ Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of engagement from another theater)

Listings include regular engagements only. Dates represent the first day of commercial release and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. Test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events are not included. Unless noted, presentations are all 35mm â€" mono sound presentation.
All listing from the San Diego Union, the San Diego Tribune and “70mm in San Diego” by Michael Coate and William Kallay.

02/22/80 … THE BLACK STALLION (17 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/20/80 … BRUBAKER (8 weeks)
08/15/80 … THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (6 weeks)
09/26/80 … HOPSCOTCH (2 weeks)
10/10/80 … PRIVATE BENJAMIN (10 weeks)
12/19/80 … TRIBUTE (8 weeks)

02/13/81 … MELVIN AND HOWARD
02/20/81 … MELVIN AND HOWARD / RESURRECTION (2 weeks)
03/06/81 … ALL NIGHT LONG (3 weeks)
03/27/81 … ROCKSHOW (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/10/81 … ALTERED STATES (MO, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04/17/81 … CAVEMAN (5 weeks)
05/22/81 … SLEEPING BEAUTY / THE BLACK HOLE (RE, 70mm-Stereo / 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05/29/81 … APOCALYPSE NOW (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06/06/81 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (RE, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06/12/81 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (58 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

07/23/82 … THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (8 weeks, Four-Track Stereo)
09/17/82 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11/05/82 … THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/17/82 … TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER (5 weeks)

01/21/83 … GANDHI (20 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06/10/83 … OCTOPUSSY (14 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09/16/83 … MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/21/83 … THE RIGHT STUFF (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12/09/83 … YENTL (15 weeks, Four-Track Stereo)

03/23/84 … RACING WITH THE MOON (5 weeks)
04/27/84 … CHAMPIONS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/11/84 … THE STONE BOY (2 weeks)
05/23/84 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (19 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10/05/84 … TEACHERS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/26/84 … FIRSTBORN (2 weeks)
11/09/84 … THE HIGHEST HONOR (2 weeks)
11/21/84 … FALLING IN LOVE (4 weeks)
12/21/84 … FALLING IN LOVE / TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (2 weeks)

01/04/85 … NIGHT PATROL
01/11/85 … TUFF TUFF
01/18/85 … A PASSAGE TO INDIA (12 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/12/85 … LADYHAWKE (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/07/85 … THE GOONIES (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/28/85 … THE GOONIES / EXPLORERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/09/85 … MY SCIENCE PROJECT (Dolby Stereo)
08/16/85 … MY SCIENCE PROJECT / PALE RIDER (Dolby Stereo / Mono)
08/23/85 … ST. ELMO’S FIRE / THE BREAKFAST CLUB (Dolby Stereo / Mono)
08/30/85 … COMPROMISING POSITIONS (4 weeks)
09/27/85 … AGNES OF GOD (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/22/85 … KING SOLOMON’S MINES (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/20/85 … A CHORUS LINE (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02/07/86 … HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (2 weeks)
02/21/86 … JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS (8 weeks)
04/18/86 … JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS / MURPHY’S ROMANCE
04/25/86 … VIOLETS ARE BLUE
05/02/86 … JO JO DANCER, YOUR LIFE IS CALLING (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/16/86 … ECHO PARK
05/23/86 … HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (RE)
05/30/86 … THE COLOR PURPLE (RE, Dolby Stereo)
06/06/86 … BACK TO THE FUTURE / E.T. (RE, Dolby Stereo)
06/11/86 … FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07/25/86 … HEARTBURN (3 weeks)
08/15/86 … ARMED AND DANGEROUS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/29/86 … ARMED AND DANGEROUS / RUNNING SCARED (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo / Dolby Stereo)
09/26/86 … CROCODILE DUNDEE (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/26/86 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01/30/87 … OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02/27/87 … SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/10/87 … RAISING ARIZONA (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/03/87 … THE UNTOUCHABLES (10 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08/14/87 … NO WAY OUT (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/09/87 … THE PRINCESS BRIDE (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/25/87 … PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/15/88 … GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (13 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04/15/88 … RETURN TO SNOWY RIVER (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/10/88 … THE PRESIDIO (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/22/88 … BULL DURHAM (MO, Dolby Stereo)
07/29/88 … COCKTAIL (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/23/88 … EIGHT MEN OUT (3 weeks)
10/14/88 … THE ACCUSED (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/04/88 … U2: RATTLE AND HUM (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11/23/88 … SCROOGED (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

01/13/89 … MISSISSIPPI BURNING (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
02/10/89 … COUSINS (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04/07/89 … MAJOR LEAGUE (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/09/89 … STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07/21/89 … UHF (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/11/89 … SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08/25/89 … THE PACKAGE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09/22/89 … BLACK RAIN (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/27/89 … THE BEAR (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/17/89 … STEEL MAGNOLIAS (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01/12/90 … GLORY (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03/02/90 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (14 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06/08/90 … ANOTHER 48 HOURS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
07/13/90 … GHOST (14 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
10/19/90 … AVALON (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11/21/90 … DANCES WITH WOLVES (14 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

03/01/91 … THE DOORS (5 weeks, Cinema Digital Sound)
04/05/91 … THE DOORS (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04/26/91 … THE OBJECT OF BEAUTY (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05/10/91 … THE OBJECT OF BEAUTY / REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (Dolby Stereo)
05/17/91 … TRUTH OR DARE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06/14/91 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (15 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
09/27/91 … THE FISHER KING (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10/18/91 … OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11/08/91 … BLACK ROBE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12/20/91 … JFK (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02/18/92 … CLOSED

And for those interested in other San Diego area theaters, there is…

Cinerama

Cinema 21

Center

Valley Circle

Booking lists for the Loma and the Burton Jones years of the Capri are coming soon (but not too soon).

Zubi
Zubi on June 28, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Theatre was called the Cinema Grossmont, not “Grossmont Theater” (sic). In addition to this single-screen, there was also, for a time, the Grossmont Mall Triplex Theatres at this same La Mesa shopping mall, Grossmont Center. A newer, larger complex is now there.

William
William on June 29, 2009 at 2:20 am

The Pacific Theatres chain operated this theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

June 29th, 1965 grand opening ad has been posted here.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

Built in 88 days, according to this 1965 trade article: Boxoffice

DaveFogerson
DaveFogerson on September 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

The building is about to open as a branch of Chuze Fitness.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

Tinseltoes linked to the wrong page in an earlier comment. Here is the article about the Cinema Grossmont.

The Boxoffice article fails to mention the architect of this theater. Fred Stein’s Statewide Theatres was usually fairly adventurous in its choice of architects, and between 1963 and 1967, during which period the Cinema Grossmont was also built, the chain hired the San Diego modernists Tucker, Sadler, & Bennett to design four large 70mm theaters for them, including the Cinema 21 in San Diego (the other three were in Anaheim, Bakersfield, and San Bernardino). It is possible that the same firm designed the Cinema Grossmont as well, but I’ve been unable to find any confirmation of this.

Logan5
Logan5 on August 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

MGM held a sneak preview of “Logan’s Run” somewhere in San Diego on Friday, May 7, 1976. Since it began a regular run at the Cinema Grossmont, I wonder if the sneak preview was there as well. Does anyone know?

LomaUsher
LomaUsher on March 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

I remember going to the Grossmont to see “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” in 1970, probably for my birthday since it ran in March, and my birthday is on the 10th! But more memorably, in 1981 I went to a late night showing with my dad of a film I had heard was a lot of fun, but which hadn’t quite caught on yet. We were two of about a dozen people in the thousand-seat theater. But from the moment the film started we knew we were in for something memorable and special. When I had first heard the name of the film I thought it was an archeological documentary. It wasn’t. It was “Raiders of the Lost Ark”! I’ll never forget seeing that with my dad! Thanks, Cinema Grossmont!

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