Edwards Saddleback Cinema 6

23684 El Toro Road,
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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This theater was located in a now-demolished shopping center on El Toro Road in Lake Forest.

It was notable in that three theatres were located at one end of the shopping center ("1-2-3") and the other three ("4-5-6") were at the other end.

It closed in the late-1990’s or early-2000’s, and was demolished around 2005. A new shopping center stands here now.

Interestingly, another Edwards, Edwards El Toro Cinema, was located right across the street.

Contributed by Evan Wohrman

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CTCrouch
CTCrouch on June 19, 2009 at 7:57 am

General Cinema opened this theatre on 7/12/74, as the Saddleback 1-2-3. Edwards added the site to their chain in the late 70’s and opened the second triplex on 2/8/80. Located in El Toro for most of it’s run as a cinema (El Toro became Lake Forest in 1991), the theatre was joined by both the Edwards El Toro 5 and Edwards/Sanborn Laguna Hills Mall 3 in the 1980’s; resulting in three Edwards sites being located roughly a mile away from one another and a, then surprising, fourteen screens serving the area.

filmgeek73lf
filmgeek73lf on April 13, 2013 at 5:27 am

The 1-2-3 had 3D anaglyph 35mm projection. I remember seeing Jaws 3D, Spacehunter 3D, and Metal Storm 3D. Once the 4-5-6 was built, the 1-2-3 started to play movies like Friday the 13th and Avenging Angel type films while the 4-5-6 played the bigger films like Ghostbusters. Then the El Toro 5 across the street started to be the theatre that opened all of the blockbuster titles in 1984. The 1-2-3 had this weird landscape and waterfall displays behind the building. When you exited the auditoriums it led to this path where the waterfalls were. It was neat and weird at the same time.

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