Krikorian Peninsula Cinema 9

550 Deep Valley Drive,
Third Floor,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

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This theatre opened circa 1984 as Peninsula Cinema 6 on the third floor of the Courtyard Mall. Approximately 1987 it was expanded, by annexing 2-3 adjacent store spaces which added two full sized screens and one smaller screen.

It finally closed in the late-1990’s as the mall fell on harder times and the theatre was eventually demolished. It was replaced by a new Pacific theatres 18 on the same floor of the now outdoor mall in a different location which was formerly Macy’s.

Contributed by B Sharkey

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm

There’s a Pacific 18 in Rolling Hills? That’s news to me! :)

Perhaps the writer is referring to the 13 screen Regal Avenue 13.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I think this is the one you are talking about:
http://tinyurl.com/y8dfmn2

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on June 21, 2010 at 5:22 am

This was the first theatre in the Krikorian chain. Company founder/namesake George Krikorian grew tired of driving a distance, in order to take his family to the movies, and speculated that there was a need for a local cinema; thus, launching Krikorian Premiere Theatres in 1984. The Penninsula 9, along with the rest of Krikorian’s pre stadium chain, was sold to Regal in 1996. The chain was relaunched a few years later, with a series of modern stadium builds.

The Penninsula 6’s first general manager was John Dolmage.

Richie_T
Richie_T on May 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm

In the mid to late 80s I visited this theater many times. It was quite nice for its day. Located in the mall above the ice skating rink. Great memories seeing some classics there with my Grandma: Critters, Ruthless People, Color of Money, At Close Range… she’d take us to see just about anything. It was closed when the mall transformed from an indoor to outdoor venue. A new theater was built on the same level a few stores over. Still a great place to see a movie.

honigtime
honigtime on March 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Wonderful memories at this cinema. I remember seeing such 90s “classics” as Independence Day, Men in Black, and Deep Impact here. I think the Krikorian was the best thing The Courtyard had going for it—my older brother tells me that the shopping center was often referred to as “The Graveyard” by area teens.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Did this theatre actually get demolished? I just visited the 13-plex last month and the existing complex (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/39914) is built in such a way that makes me believe Regal just added four screens and a lobby, renovated the existing screens with stadium seating and called it a day. The 13-plex has a very long hallway leading past three screens (the 7,8,9 expansion?) that leads into a very large square space with restrooms nearby (ie. the original lobby) which then leads into six more screens (the original 1-6).

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

If you see the comments on the Promenade Stadium 13, there seems to be agreement that this 9-plex is still part of the 13-plex. Perhaps the listings should be combined?

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