UA Horton Plaza 8
475 Horton Plaza,
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The UA Horton Plaza opened December 11, 1985 on the third level of Hahn’s groundbreaking Horton Plaza center, the focus of revitalized downtown San Diego. Its first manager was Paul Belshe, who ran this extremely busy place for over 12 years. The complex originally featured seven auditoriums.
The gorgeous, 600-seat fuchsia main theatre ran 70mm projection when that format was still prominent and was the first THX auditorium in San Diego proper. One of Horton Plaza’s smaller auditoriums once featured an early interactive theatre system: armrest controls allowed audience members to ‘vote’ on the course that they wanted the movie to take.
The original front of the building had a Neo-Art Deco style, three-sided marquee and a spire illuminated by spinning rainbow lights. Unfortunately, this entire theatre front was replaced when the complex added seven more screens in the late-1990’s. UA Horton Plaza was downsized from fourteen to eight screens in 2012. It was closed on January 27, 2019. The whole of the Horton Plaza centre is to be converted into office space.
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