UA Del Amo 6

91A Del Amo Fashion Square,
Torrance, CA 90503

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This theater was located in the Del Amo Fashion Square Mall which for a time was the largest indoor mall in the country.

It opened in the early-1970’s. Originally a fourplex, two houses used platters and two used dual projectors. Two additional larger auditoriums were added later. The theaters were simple boxes with exposed screens, nothing more.

They eventually folded after the opening of the Mann 9 in the same complex, which itself has now folded.

The theater was demolished in February of 2005.

Contributed by Manwithnoname

Recent comments (view all 68 comments)

Gartley on April 20, 2011 at 4:47 am

I just discovered this site. Wow. I was the opening manager in 1970. Some of my opening staff (first names) Jeff, Luther, Debbie, Karen, her brother Bob, Mary W., Mary H., Todd, Bob T.(serious condolences – Bob was a great employee). We had an ongoing battle with the Karmelcorn shop next door because he (Mr. TopHat) would teach our customers how to smuggle his karmelcorn into the theatre. It doesn’t seem too important now though. Yes, Al Tice was the projectionist who would bring his border collie to work with him. He commuted from Hesperia. Former employees – send me a hello – what are you doing now?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 4:56 am

Gartley,love your story.Folks were B——ing about concessions even in the Seventies when ,then our large Coke was 65 cents!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 4:57 am

Oh, worked in Theatres in Georgia,Just so you didn’t think I was employeed here,same stories across our Great nation.

kencmcintyre on April 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

I think this is where the Lucille’s and Barnes & Noble currently stand. If I am off course let me know.

inflightmagazines on May 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

@kencmcintyre – to answer your question. No. The B&N was a parking lot. Just about the NW corner of the B&N stood the huge UA marquee sign, which is now being used by MACY’S. The theatre was located just about where the Johnny Rockets is right now. Just to let everyone know, I was one of the last employees right at its closure. If you got some questions in the last few days of the theatre drop a question.

Ironhide27 on August 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

My condolences to Dan Barron’s family “RIP” Does anyone remember Delfin Fernandez. He was there after Bill Gartley and before Dan. I was also there when the car crashed into the exit of theatre #3, remembering the breakdown and buildup of the movies and the best of them all. Climbing the tree for the marquee “movie title change.

Gartley on August 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

Who are you Ironhide27? It was probably the most dangerous marquee in the company. The last I heard, Delfin runs a theatre company in South America. I want to remind “early” Del Amo followers of “Ping Pong Pandemonium”, a promotion launched by Miss Burger in which helicopters dropped thousands of numbered ping pong balls over the parking lot behind the theatre, to a waiting crowd of thousands of people, stampeding from one side to the other, following the swaying copter, trying to catch them. Many injuries and lawsuits. But it was spectacular! I and my assistant managers watched from the roof as the catastrophe unfolded.

Ironhide27 on August 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I thank you for the information Mr. Gartley.. I look forward to anyone else wanting to add comments. Karmelkorn was really good at the time.

Ironhide27 on August 14, 2013 at 6:38 am

I also remember that UA Del Amo was just fun. Location for several pilot programs that UA did but fun non the less. Great staff made it easy to handle on a fri or sat night even if was a big box office draw.

Manwithnoname on August 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

Now that I see Bill is still reading this I can’t resist. Bill, I’m sure you remember me. I used to sleep in the lobby waiting for the prints to be delivered so I could carry them upstairs to the booth. I also occasionally would provide an 8-track tape (God, I’m old) once in a while as intermission music and even a one-sheet or two from my collection for kiddie shows (Ghost and Mr. Chicken). You came back to your office one night and found me with another employee rolling joints in your office! No worries, I would have fired me too! After UA I worked for GCC and Mann. On my 21st birthday I took you down the mall for a drink and wasn’t even carded. Yes, I remember climbing on the killer marquee which, by the way, still stands and is being used as a sign for something else. I am proud to say my name appears in the acknowledgements in the Cinema Treasures book. I am doing well today and wax nostalgic when I see the theater and the mall in “Jackie Brown”.

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