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3901 W. Metropolitan Drive,
Orange, CA 92868

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Plitt City Center Theatre

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A very nice modern (70s) cinema with huge screens for 70mm.

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William on July 27, 2007 at 7:01 pm

This theatre was originally opened by ABC Theatres on April 7th. 1972. It opened as a twin cinema with a seating capacity of 788 & 715. It was like a smaller version of ABC Theatre’s Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City. The larger main auditorium was cutup in 1985 to make a total of four screens in this complex (later like Century Plaza). The theatre opened as ABC Theatre and later operated by Plitt Theatres, then Syufy/Century Theatres. The theatre closed in the mid 90’s. Today the location is a parking lot.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm

February 6, 1978 issue of Boxoffice has an article about the location installing Christie AW3’s for their March 25, 1977 opening of Star Wars. Article says the theatre was seven years old at the time.

umanyar on August 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Funny you should mention Star Wars and this theather. My Sister and I saw Star Wars here no less than 10 times! I remember the picture sure seemed amazing back then. Guess those Christie’s did a good job!!

Flix70 on April 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

The 40th anniversary of Star Wars got me thinking about this theater once again as I’m pretty sure it was here where I saw the film as a six-year-old opening weekend back in May of ‘77.

I always remember the theater having a kind of bunker feel to it, like it was carved out of some big piece of granite. The lobby was cavernous and pretty dark, like you were almost underground.

I can remember seeing the theatrical cut of Battlestar Galactica here and although I can’t recall any other titles, I know a spent a lot of time here in the late ‘70s and early '80s.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was the last film I saw here in 1989. Never went back, although I do drive by the old lot from time to time as my wife works in the area. It’s an LA Fitness now.

LuckyBastard76 on May 25, 2017 at 7:20 am

Fix70 that’s why I stopped by here, lol. I saw it there that August. I remember walking out of the theater and it reminded me of the cantina, the building was rough stucco, mission style but but that round 70s architecture, with very few windows like it belonged on Tattoine, like you said bunker like, which was really cool. There was a Mexican restaurant in that building as well I want to say it was a Don Jose. They later put more screens in it by splitting those to large screens. In the 90s my girlfriend and I went there a lot, it was a 1.00 theater by then but it was still nice. I think the last picture I saw there was Schindler’s List. I have very fond memories of that place. I thought about painting a picture of it sometime.

Flix70 on May 31, 2017 at 10:06 am

LB76: On Twitter there’s a cool feed called @OldMovieAds that showcases old movie newspaper ads mainly from the LA/OC area and the Plitt City Center is featured quite regularly in the theater listings. There was a Star Wars one last week.

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