AMC Hawthorne Plaza 6

12640 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Hawthorne, CA 90250

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Six screen multiplex at the Hawthorne Plaza, built in the mid-1970’s and operated by AMC Theatres. It started out as a first-run theatre but later became a discount house in the late 1980’s. Operated as an independent after AMC let its lease expire, the structure was razed in the late 1990’s.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 13, 2007 at 11:32 am

I saw “Strange Days” here in 1995. My car had been broken into in the morning, and I had to leave it at an auto body shop in Hawthorne for about five hours. It was pouring rain that day. I trudged down to Hawthorne and El Segundo to the theater to kill some time. The film wasn’t that good either.

William
William on September 13, 2007 at 12:50 pm

After AMC dropped the house it was operated by a chain called Inner City Cinemas, which also operated the near-by Baldwin Theatre. Because of money problems between the two house and violence at the theatres and the new Magic Johnson plex opening they closed the theatre. Which reopened for a short time by the chain that operated the University Triplex near USC and then it closed for the last time before being razed.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 13, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Correction: The Baldwin Theatre was long closed when the Magic Johnson plex opened in 1995.

William
William on September 13, 2007 at 2:32 pm

The Baldwin Theatre closed in 1994. Because of the money problems and that new theatre complex opening soon. The Inner City Cinema chain could not keep the theatre open. They owed the studios alot of money and this new theatre was going to kill them. With not getting new first run features to play and they could not pay their loans.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm

The recent opening of the Hawthorne 6 was the subject of a brief article in the May 9, 1977, issue of Boxoffice Magazine.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Everything in this part of the mall was razed for new buildings, but on the north end there are still the dead anchors like the Broadway and the rest. It looks shabby when you drive by.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 18, 2010 at 1:30 am

Here is an April 1979 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ygcuhgz

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

The mall itself (the aforementioned dead anchors space) is popular with film shoots. Several movies have filmed in that space.

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