Mann Old Towne 6

19800 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90503

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dimensionsinstereo
dimensionsinstereo on May 4, 2012 at 9:44 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…

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on December 15, 2011 at 10:46 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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Status should be CLOSED

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on May 16, 2009 at 12:05 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 May 15, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Status should be closed.

Mlipofsky1019
Mlipofsky1019 on May 15, 2009 at 11:29 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!

BeachKidBoy
BeachKidBoy on December 26, 2008 at 3:29 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.

DV88
DV88 on October 10, 2008 at 2:35 am

Ha— I was also born in 1970 and remember the haunted house and some other rides.

Also remember seeing Jaws 3D, Fright Night and Weird Science in the theaters there.

Great time of life…

Droog
Droog on June 8, 2008 at 12:12 am

I was born in 1970, I remember going there around the age of 10-11 quite often, my favorite ride was the Phantasia ride, I remember very little of it, it was very surreal, I remember the mall was beautiful when you look at it now compared to the bland decor of modern day malls, the mall had personality… I don’t remember the movie theater, I remember a toy store, I wish I could find more pics of that place especially the Phantasia ride. I remember 2 large wood like toy soldiers in it, a purple spinning thing, damn, I wish there was some video of the actual ride… I am sure it is somewhere in someones 16mm box of films collecting dust.
RIP Old Town Mall.
BTW I can’t remember when I went back, some years later, and most all the stores were boarded up, that was sad and the demise of a great mall.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on August 2, 2007 at 2:00 am

Man, I haven’t thought about this place in years. For a while in the late 70s and early 80s, I used to go to the Old Towne for movies. I know I saw many movies there, but the only two I definitely remember seeing at that specific location are 10 and Meteor.

Steelerb
Steelerb on January 21, 2007 at 3:41 am

heather…you’re in luck…check this out:

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Bob has a great blog and a few people have responded to the Olde Towne Mall topic. Pics are there….feel free to reply on the latest pic to share more memories.

nice pics here (thanks to Bob)

http://www.nths-saxonalumni.org/memorylane/

halloweenheather
halloweenheather on January 19, 2007 at 8:52 am

Wow! I just googled “old town mall” and found all this. Totally awesome. I grew up in Torrance and the So. Bay area. My mom worked at the Scorpio Shoppe with Jerry Mirror from about ‘74-'77. I loved that mall. The cheezy rides, the merry-go-round, the pizza place and the movie theatre. I saw the first Nightmare on Elm street there and so much more. I got my ears pierced at the mall when I was 3. Lots of good memories shared. Thanks everyone. I would love to have some actual photographs of the mall “back in the day” for a memior I am compiling. If anyone has old pictures to share, please e-mail me. Thanks

dougdl
dougdl on January 16, 2007 at 9:37 am

I remember seeing 2 horrible films there John Beluchi’s “1941” and “Howard the Duck.” Three other memories from the olde town mall. I remember the Shady Lady dress shop. The band shell in the north food court. I remember that played alot of rag time/dixie land music. One group I remember was an all women band that played washboards, kazoo’s, etc. I also remember very early in the mall’s history that a place called the “Artesian Way” (i think it was called that.) it was at the south end of the mall and feature arts and crafts from people who would bring there stuff to sell.

jalmero
jalmero on January 11, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I too saw Pretty in Pink, The Lost Boys, and Some Kind of Wonderful on opening night there. That was probably the theater that I visited most when I was a teen. But I never knew all this about the mall. By the late 80’s all we went there for was the pet shop (where we got our toy poodle that lived for 17 years) and the beauty supply store for my beauty school drop out sister. The majority of the storefronts were vacant. Oh and Federated whose commercial had that annoying “Fred Rated” (Shadoe Stevens) sledge hammering electronic devices.

Steelerb
Steelerb on September 29, 2006 at 12:45 am

Hi SocalNative! I grew up in El Segundo (HS Class of 88) but now live about a mile behind (West) the South Bay Galleria near that park w/ the basketball court, rec center and baseball field. Nice area.

The Old Towne Mall looks so horrible now…what a sad site. I drove around the parking lot today just to check it out…hey at least the parking lot is still there! LOL

SCN and others….if anyone stumbles upon more Old Towne mall pics I’d LOVE TO SEE THEM—especially that Ghost Ride and Carousel—That classic Carousel.

Take Care SoCalNative!

Valskerie
Valskerie on September 7, 2006 at 10:36 am

Hey Steelerb!
Thanks for sharing your cool “Old Towne” experiences. Thanks also for the links. I have some friends who may want to see those… Wow, thank goodness for the Internet! I love seeing those old pictures of that great mall. I totally remember bad mouthing the mall as I got older. It’s sad that all the current shopping malls have become so cookie cutter and “corporate”. I love the cheesiness of the 70’s now that I look back on it all. I’m still living in the neighborhood, and it’s sad to see how little has been preserved from my childhood.
Take care!

Steelerb
Steelerb on September 4, 2006 at 1:06 am

Hello SoCalNative! Your post is the first one over a year in here….very interesting comments,

I’ll never forget the image of the carousel inside the mall (in the middle – the 2nd entrance I believe) looking in from Hawthorn Blvd on my many journeys w/ my mom or dad around the SouthBay during the late 70’s and early 80’s…for some reason that image never left. I always looked for that when I passed by.

I remember seeing Apocalypse Now in 1979 as a 9 year old, and saw the cheesey film “Meteor” on a Friday night in that same year with a friend from school and his mom. I also snuck into “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in 1986 and watched the movie in a packed house, sitting on the carpet in the back… I can even remember which theater—as you walk in and pass the snack bar you make a left and go up the ramp….it was the last one up to the right. Sneaking in was fun…we usually did it in the back (across from the Music PLUS record store)…“Summer School” was another movie I saw there,,hahah

Years passed the mall obviously got worse and then CLOSED….I remember talking bad about it ..we all did in the mid 80’s or so like, “why was it still around. What a boring mall.” Hey we were in highschool… Boy was I wrong. It was CLASSIC!

My last memory is when they moved the carousel at the south end and closed off the mall…In college at the time , I took my girlfriend to see “Goodfellas” there for $3(big spender, ey! LOL) ..I raved about the movie and it was the only place where it was still showing…I think there was an arcade there too…all near the food area. WOW….kind of sad looking back and at the time I could care less…. Now I’m curioius to see pictures of the interior and exterior of the mall during the 70’s.

I came across this niceblog from a guy named Bob

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Looks like a picture from the early years….I wish there were more!

and then I came across this:

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Valskerie
Valskerie on September 1, 2006 at 10:21 am

Old Towne Mall was an awesome place for us kids growing up in the 70’s! Back in the day, when our parents thought life was safe, they would drop me and my friends off there so that we had a place to hang out and be cool and not pester our parents. I remember getting the lemon/salt cucumbers on a stick; the very cool poster shop; the pet shop where I bought my first hamster; the magic shop; and the roller skating shop. I think there was some killer spaghetti/pizza restaurant at the main entrance. I do remember that there was a ton of food! I loved the arcade and the tacky rides: those would kill time before seeing a movie. I remember seeing “Jaws III” and “The Jerk” at that theater, as well as countless other gems. I need to go see the postings about the old South Bay Center, the other “neighborhood” theaters that were located at Artesia/Hawthorne. Wow, alot has changed in our area… I’m feeling so OLD!

BradE41
BradE41 on August 24, 2005 at 5:42 pm

Believe it or not, the Mann Old Towne 6 was a cash cow for Mann Theatres. I was working at the Village in Westwood around 1981/1982 and they bragged all the time that it was their highest grossing theatre in the entire chain. Go figure.

PeterTrapani
PeterTrapani on August 9, 2005 at 5:18 pm

There was a good comic store there, called the Comic Vendor, which eventually relocated to North Torrance. I recall public chess tables there too, that my dad always said “were where the queers met up.” I also distinctly remember riding a kid’s ride called THE BUSY BEE, which woulda been fun if the bee-antennae hand controls had worked properly.

Definitely, the coolest place to see flicks in the So. Bay in 1982.

Sophie832
Sophie832 on July 24, 2005 at 9:39 pm

Finally, a dicussion about Old Towne Mall!!! My childhood favorite…I was so sad to see it go. My mother took me there all the time to ride the carousel in the early 80s, and we knew the owners of the Belgian Waffle by name (in fact, a year or so ago we ended up reunited with them because one now works at our local coffee shop).

My mother has lived in the South Bay her whole life, and remembers each and every thing that’s been discussed in this thread, as well as the ones about the UA 6 at Del Amo, and the Redondo Beach Cinemas. She was very excited to hear all about the various rides in Old Towne once more. She says the Fantasia ride was the best, and that the whole place started going downhill when the Time-Out arcade was put in. Her brother (my uncle), incidentally, was the clown-ish person who walked the invisible dog to entice people to buy those fake/gag dog leashes.

I fondly remember the swings on top of the carousel, getting a smurf toy from the hanging baskets at the toy store, and going trick-or-treating there each Halloween. I miss it dearly.

Thank you, MallRat73 for your great memories!

MallRat73
MallRat73 on June 6, 2005 at 3:44 am

…Also, does anyone remember the wax museum during the first year Olde Towne opened? It was pretty lame, too.

MallRat73
MallRat73 on June 5, 2005 at 4:30 am

Olde Towne Mall opened with 10 indoor rides. ‘Fantasia’ was a 2-story, overhead ski-lift conveyance funhouse ride located 1/3 of the mall from the North end with a rotating barrel gag (that always had pennies rolling and dropping on unsuspecting riders) and little scummy river bisecting the upper level and waterfall beneath the lower level car storage area. Most of the effects were large, plush animals nailed to the floor/walls. It sucked as much as you think it might. Maybe more because I think one 2-minute ride was $2.50. It opened when the Mall debuted and closed in ‘84. Security would throw our punk asses out when we spit on the dolls and punched holes in the barrel. We were very immature and stupid… but we had a lot of fun.
The 'Double-Decker Denzel Carousel’ was located mid-mall and featured the typical assortment of actual and mythical animals. It lasted the entire life of the mall until it was sold to a small theme park back east in ‘91. It had small swings on the upper level where you could catch a little air and screw up your balance. For a 10 year-old this was like a Zanax rush.
'The Haunted House’ Pretzel dark ride lasted from ‘80 to '82. It was directly across from the Shooting Gallery and had only a handful of run-of-the-mill gags including the big black bat on a garage door opener. It was closed during the week because no one rode it except naive tourists on the weekends. It also sported several lame pop-up box monsters that were constantly vandalized to the point people stole the chicken wire protecting the $5 gags until only the supporting stick would pop up, the crappy monster either stolen or face down and flooding the little, Haz-Mat creek that ran from the end of the ride to the car storage area. I remember one flooding took out the dress shop to the left of it and swamped out the security device store on the right that moved to the South end after the flood.
Going waaaay back to the first 6 months the mall was open and before The Mann Theatres debuted they had a small but impressive carnival in the huge 3 story area at the entire South end of the mall. I believe it was Pay-One-Price but you could also buy individual tickets because admission was free. There was a 'Parachute’ centrifugal wheel, a pair of ‘Hammer Heads’, the ‘Kiddy Kar Thrill Track’, a half scale ‘Ferris Wheel’ and a few, standard, small, circular kiddie rides. They filmed ‘The Fury’ at the carnival area (trashing the ‘Parachute’ ‘ride in '78). Plot Outline: A government agent is determined to come to his son’s rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.The credits mistakenly credited 'Old Chicago Amusement Park, Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA ’ as the park but it was actually filmed the last few months before the Carnival closed and the remodeling for the theatres began. Of course there was the midway where, if you were real lucky, you could win a $2.00 Mr. Bill doll for $20.00 worth of darts. This area also blew goats.
Does any one else remember the indoor ‘Miniature Golf Course’ near mid mall and the ‘Sega Center Arcade’ at the North end near the Food Court? How about the glass-enclosed train tracks outside of the ‘Fantasia’ ride and ‘The Belgian Waffle House’ restaurant where you could run one of 4 trains on different tracks for .50?
The theatres completely fell into disrepair when they went to a $3 discount house. The floors felt like you were stuck in the La Brea Tar pits and it was obvious to anyone with a nose that several patrons decided the restrooms were just too far away and offloaded up in the back floor of the theatres. I remember the theatres would build a large model of a scene from one of their current movies right out front of the ticket line. “Caddy Shack' was the best followed by ‘Friday the 13th’. Somehow they talked the manager to display severed body parts and a huge amount of stage blood. These cool displays were also completely trashed within days.
Bitchin'.
The best time I remember at those theatres is when someone released a jar of moths during ‘Strange Brew’. Just like in the movie, the moths clustered around the only source of light in the room (the projection Room Window) completely ruining the next few showings and forcing the extremely, morbidly obese ‘Jewel’ to roll off her re-enforced bench to give out free passes. Also, their was a pretty impressive fight just outside the Box Office when a large crowd of rednecks started hazing anybody that was buying a ‘Purple Rain’ ticket.
Immature? Disrespectful? Complete lack of respect for others property through random acts of malicious vandalism? You betcha. Good Times, indeed. VIVA LA OLDE TOWNE!

johnkriza
johnkriza on January 2, 2005 at 11:05 pm

Rode the bus from San Pedro to watch movies here as a kid. Saw “Friday the 13th Pt.3 in 3D” here. Saw Farrah Fawcett in “Sunburn” here. Twice. Loved the weird fun house with the foam walls coming apart. Good times.