Mann Old Towne 6

19800 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90503

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This was a standard boxy multiplex inside Old Towne Mall. It featured 4 small houses and 2 larger ones. Character actor Chill Wills presided over the opening and was so drunk he could hardly stand up. At least one auditorium was equipped for 70mm.

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BeachKidBoy on December 26, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I moved here, Torrance, in 1972 when I was 8 years old. Growing up we had the South Bay Center Cinemas, Del Amo 6, Rolling Hills, UA Torrance, Marina, and the Cove. Old Towne was so fun for the overall experience. It was always getting dropped off by the parents and then ‘doing’ the mall either before of after a movie. One of my first multi-plex experiences of buying a PG ticket and going to an R film. I did this for The Jerk, 10, Friday the 13th, etc… Also that back door at the south end where you could always sneak people in to when their wasn’t an usher. The mall itself was fun too, from the two tacky rides, the pot lover’s haven of the Scorpio Shoppe, Leyland’s Gifts, and the arcade, Kingdom of Oz I believe. Old Towne was a true growing up experience for kids in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Mlipofsky1019 on May 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Wow! My parents took me here all the way from the Westside, back in the mid to late 70’s, when I was a little kid, and we went there quite a few times. I honestly don’t remember the theatres though, because we never saw any movies there, but I remember just about everything else that everyone here on this site is mentioning, the rides, the great places to eat. I remember a GREAT pizza place, in the food court, by the front entrance. I remember buying a couple of the old 45 records here. Or maybe, it was at the K-Mart(or was it a Zody’s?)next to the mall. I could swear they had a record store in the mall in the mid to late 70’s though. I remember the Haunted House Ride being there in the mid to late 70’s. Wasn’t there also a spinning ride, like the tea cups at Disneyland? I think it was near the carousel, or it may have been part of the carousel itself. Wow! Great, great memories!

kencmcintyre on May 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Status should be closed.

larrygoldsmith on May 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I was confused by the location of this multi-plex because there was a second Mann’s Old Town (no E) 6 plex in Reno NV. It was small, boxy, and the auditoriums were strictly shooting galleries. Lobby was strictly functional with no personality. This theatre was supposed to be the “replacement” for the demolished CREST THEATRE downtown. It was no match, and did not last long. This was the end of Mann Theatres in Northern Nevada.

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Here is a December 1975 ad from the LA Times:

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Chris Utley on August 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Status should be CLOSED

ChasSmith on December 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

I saw “Beverly Hills Cop” here, not sure about anything else, but the mall itself was unique (as you all know) and I wish I’d discovered it earlier, but in the early 1980s, my interest in decent stereo equipment led me to a wonderful high end shop there (which I believe was called Dimensions in Stereo), and I owe them much for introducing me to what I now know were some great components. Also recall the Federated Group store there, where coincidentally I was also pointed in the right direction — toward the new Toshiba BETA Hi-Fi — when I went shopping for my first VCR.

dimensionsinstereo on May 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

Howdy “ChasSmith” loved good ole Dimensions In Stereo! I used to be a Tech at a shop called: Sound Eye. Do you remember that repair shop? The head tech that used to be at Dimensions moved over to our shop. We did a lot of service for Dimensions. I was introduced to B&O at Dimensions! I remember the B&O 2400 Receiver! First time seen remote control on a piece of stereo equiptment. If ya ever wanna talk bout the good ole days of Torrance, especially Dimensions, etc?! Drop me a line…

rivest266 on December 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Chill Wills also opened the NGC North Hills Cinerama in Calgary, Alberta on December 21st, 1967. The 1976 grand opening for this cinema can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

mike223 on June 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm

@dimensionsinstereo: You must have known MarkB, LaurenB , Don and Ike. I worked there for several years in the late 70’s.

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