UA Long Beach Marketplace 6

6601 Pacific Coast Highway,
Long Beach, CA 90803

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The Long Beach Marketplace 6 opened on December 17, 1976, with “King Kong” as one of its films. Other than periodic new carpeting, paint, wall covering and bathroom and seating changes to conform to the Americans With Disabilities Act, it has remained the same. All of the technical changes made behind the scenes to its sound and projection systems is not known.

In early 2002 all United Artist Theatres were merged, along with Edwards Theatres, into Regal Entertainment, which had been recently formed by Philip Anschutz. Its closest competitor is the AMC Marina Pacific 12, about a half of a mile away, which has about half of its screens devoted to stadium seating.

The small size of the UA auditoriums would probably make it impractical to add stadium seating but this doesn’t stop it from being a popular venue, probably due to the numerous restaurants around it. Sometimes they mix a few art films with their first run fare and the patrons are generally the older crowd.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Coate
Coate on August 21, 2008 at 10:36 pm

I worked at this theater during the early 1990s while a student at nearby Cal State Long Beach.

Screen #1 had somewhere in the 500-600 range of seats. Screen #2 was almost as large. Screens 1 and 2 had a large center section of seats and two smaller side sections. The screens widened for proper scope presentation. Screen #1 was equipped with 70mm projection and Dolby Stereo. (“Hoffa” in late 1992-early 1993 was the theater’s last 70mm presentation.)

Screens 3-6 were rather small with a center aisle and two small sections of seats. The screens were common width that were reduced in height for scope presentations (i.e. not the preferred technique). The audio, as I remember it, was mono.

The theater competed for bookings with the AMC Marina Pacifica located a block away.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 21, 2008 at 2:38 am

I was UA’s last union projection technician working directly for UA. In 84, this theater had the sweetest girl managing it. She was a very beautiful redhaired girl. Well, we were friends. She and her assistant drove to Las Vegas. So sad, they had an accident and the manager passed on. The assistant who was driving lived, thank God. I spent a few days visiting her in the funeral home. Very Sad…

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on February 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Oh, what fond memories I have of the Marketplace 6. All throughout junior high, my friends and I had a weekly ritual of biking over to the Marketplace, filling our jackets with sodas and candy from the Food and Drug store on the other end of the shopping center, buying a ticket for one movie and then sneaking in to one or two other movies before going home. Being able to see movies in the #1 house was always a treat.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on August 31, 2010 at 4:42 am

I saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” here.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

December 17, 1976 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section. Only King Kong was playing at the time.

Bruce D
Bruce D on June 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

My first job was at the this theater in early 82. The managers name was Josephine. She didn’t like me very much and let me go with the “summer crew” even though I had been hired months before the “summer crew”. :)

They also used to do Midnight Movies every friday. They always had Rocky Horror and then a few others they would cycle through…Dawn of the Dead, The Song Remains the Same, Quadrophenia, and my favorite Dance Craze. Kids would show up all decked out in mod/ska fashion and as the bands played on screen (The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, Bad Manners, The English Beat) all the kids would get up and and dance in the aisles…good times.

monroe jones
monroe jones on August 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

I remember taking the bus as a kid to go to the Movies here. One of the first rated R movies I snuck into was The Untouchables.

ppierce201
ppierce201 on February 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I was an assistant manager here for 3 years from 98 to 01. Before that I was also at the Brea Marketplace and Brea Mall Theatres. Upstair we still had the 35mm -70 mm projector for house #1. It also had Dolby Digital sound. #2 was SDDS while #6 was DTS. I left before the company merged with Regal. I loved working here and made some awesome friends.
The biggest frustration was the battle with AMC for product. I remember one forth of July we didn’t open a single movie, while they got Peferct Storm and Patriot. Despite that we got some strong product every now and then. Busiest I ever saw the theatre was Friday night of Austin Powers 2. Sold out houses 1 and 2 for every evening show. Had a great deal with the AMC GM too, we could see free movies there and they could come to ours as well. Lots of movie watching during this time. Ended up leaving to work for a few more theatre chains over the years. Still this play holds a specail place in my heart. Many thanks to Bill, Joan, and all the other managers with me for making my time with UA a joy. Fondest memory here was sitting outside on the cement benches with the team during the down time.

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