UA Del Amo 6

91A Del Amo Fashion Square,
Torrance, CA 90503

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on August 14, 2013 at 11:59 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”.

Ironhide27
Ironhide27 on August 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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.

Ironhide27
Ironhide27 on August 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

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.

Gartley
Gartley on August 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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
Ironhide27 on August 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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.

inflightmagazines
inflightmagazines on May 31, 2011 at 12:23 am

@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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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

Gartley
Gartley on April 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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?

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

To ChasSmith: I also moved away from the South Bay after growing up there and after 20 years returned last year. I am now planning to move out again. Torrance and the general South Bay area have deteriorated dramatically. It’s really too bad but I guess it’s true that you can’t go home again.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on January 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I was watching “2010” on Blu-ray this afternoon, which happens to be the first time I’ve seen it straight way through since it came out, and was reminiscing about living in Redondo Beach at the time, and seeing it at the Del Amo Mall. Another film I know I saw there was “The Right Stuff”. I’ve been in the northeast for the past 20 years, but I have wonderful memories of Redondo and the whole South Bay in the early 1980s. And since you all have mentioned it here, those memories include Old Towne Mall — a unique place. I know there have been incredible changes, but I hope the area is as great for people living there now as it was for me then.

Bubtorp
Bubtorp on August 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I usually put silly notes in here to amuse a few old friends. This time, I could not be more serious. I don’t know the people that take time to write a few of their memories, but I have always suspected that Robert “Bob” Treat is one of the authors. If you knew Bob then I am sad to say that he passed away on June 3rd of this year.
This link if it is still working may supply those who knew Bob with information.

View link

I worked with Bob in the mid 70’s when he was an assistant at UA to Roger Cherry. Bob would later manage a theater in the Orange County area. He very much enjoyed his work and the people he worked with.

Bubtorp
Bubtorp on July 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

No listing from Coatboy in nearly 2 years. That is like pushing the mute button on Solomon. Coatboy tell us you have not forsaken us.

DV88
DV88 on May 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Any of you work with a guy named Ken Ash around 1988-1990?

mrsaltydog
mrsaltydog on March 13, 2009 at 8:29 pm

hi everyone. i worked at del amo from 90-91. i also worked for dan barron. i’m very sorry to hear about his passing. i know that i worked there with lomein and uahouseman. i recall the shooting. it was a terrible time. i did make a lot of friends there and wonder where everyone went. thanks usherb4 for getting me the job there. anyway, look me up in facebook if you worked with me there: clint ceralde. take care and God bless.

logmein
logmein on January 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

Hey UAHouseMan, are you Sam Goldman
If you are Sam, please contac me at

logmein
logmein on January 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

Hey UAHouseMan, I worked for Dan too. I was there car that crashed through #3s exit door and I was there for the LA riots in 1992 . Please contac me at

uainthe80s
uainthe80s on January 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Hello UA ushers/usherettes!

I’m interested in hearing from anyone that worked at UA Del Amo between 1981 thru 1984. Used to be an usher, had a blast. Hey UAboy84! Did you work for Jeff Wine? UAHouseMan, had a cousin that worked there during your time. Anyway, had some funny stories and great experiences at good ole UA Del Amo. The concession/candy girls were real cool and management was too! If you’re reading this and remember the video jukebox or Dragon’s Lair, hit me up@. Lookin forward to hearin from y'all.

UAHouseMan
UAHouseMan on January 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Hello all. Had to post comments on this after finally finding this web-site. I worked at the UA Del Amo from June 1989, and eventually left United Artisits in November of 1996. I didn’t spend all of my time at Del Amo, but those were some of my favorite memories. I started out on the Karate Kid III opening weekend. I was there for the shooting in 1991, as well as the car that crashed through #3s exit door during a showing of Terminator 2. And I was there for the LA riots in 1992 (I could see smoke from the top of the theatre). I left Del Amo prior to it’s conversion to a discount theatre, and am sad to see that it no longer exists.
I had the pleasure of working for Dan Barron, and became a close friend of his until his death in 2002.
I’d love to find anyone that worked for him to try and reconnect with old memories. I have plenty of them, and their all worth sharing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Del Amo Fashion Square’s UA Cinemas opened as a quad on August 18, 1971, according to an item in Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of September 13 that year. Each of the four auditoriums had 300 seats.

BeachKidBoy
BeachKidBoy on December 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Anyway all of us South Bay nostalgians (sp?) can get together somewhere. I have become so nostalgic over reading about the ole' Del Amo Theatres and Mall, South Bay Center, Old Towne, etc… It would be cool to get together and share times. Is there a consolidated site for all of this?

BeachKidBoy
BeachKidBoy on December 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Ron K. if you’re still out there email me. I grew up right aroung the corner from you and went to WHS too.

Bubtorp
Bubtorp on October 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

My 1st day of work, and there I was with Benji, Bambi, the 3 Musketeers and the Towering Inferno. Wave upon wave of the humanoids thrown at me with their popcorn boxes and empty coke cups. I was drowing in a sea of humanity, but as I was going down for my last gasp I was rescued by the usher who stood above all. It was the fearless COATBOY. I think others should share their stories of the legend of the UA, the legend of COATBOY.

DV88
DV88 on October 9, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Had a buddy named Ken who managed the UA Del Amo in 1988-1990. Anyone know him?

Kind of a dive by then but was one of the earliest theaters I went to as a kid.

By 1990 it was a dive and on its way out but still saw some great movies in mostly empty, sticky floored, creaky seat theaters.