6360 Topanga Canyon Boulevard,
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The Topanga Theatre was opened by Stanley-Warner as a single screen movie house on October 26, 1965 with a gala presentation of “The Bedford Incident” starring Richard Widmark & Sidney Poitier. It had 1,350 seats
It was twinned in the early-1980’s, triplexed in the early-1990’s.
Pacific Theatres was the last chain to operate the Topanga Theatre, which became a second-run theatre in 1998 and closed altogether in early-2000.
What killed the Topanga Theatre was a 16 screen AMC multiplex opened one block away. In the same area there was also the GCC Woodland Hills Triplex, the UA Warner Center 6, the single screen Baronet Theatre and, down the road, the GCC Fallbrook 10.
Pacific Theatres was going to build a large multi-screen plex on the Topanga Theatre’s site, but AMC converted an old department store into the AMC 16 screen multiplex. Pacific Theatres dropped the project and let the Topanga Theatre die the slow death.
By the time it closed, the Topanga Theatre’s 1960’s-era architecture stuck out amongst the more modern strip malls and shopping malls around it.
The former Topanga Theatre last housed a furniture store and was demolished in September 2007.
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