Mann Old Towne 6

19800 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90503

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Mann Old Towne 6

This was a standard boxy multiplex inside Old Towne Mall. It opened December 19, 1975. It featured 4 small houses and on May 25, 1978 2 larger ones were added. 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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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 5:50 am

Status should be closed.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on May 16, 2009 at 6:05 am

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
kencmcintyre on January 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

Here is a December 1975 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ye62olq

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 25, 2011 at 12:35 am

Status should be CLOSED

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on December 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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
dimensionsinstereo on May 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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
rivest266 on December 17, 2014 at 11:27 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
mike223 on June 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

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

plasticvengeance
plasticvengeance on February 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm

My favorite mall and favorite multiplex of childhood. Saw so much here: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek the Wrath of Khan, Goonies, Return of the Jedi, etc. etc. I also remember the HUGE marquee out in the parking lot advertising midnight movies like A Clockwork Orange. The mall was a staple of childhood, too, esp. the carousel, the food court (Mama Pisano’s Pizza!) with that gazebo, the Artists' Alley, the lemonade stand near the carousel, and of course Federated Group.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Expanded to 6 screens on May 26th, 1978. Grand opening ads posted.

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