GCC Fashion Island Cinema

Fashion Island Mall,
Foster City, CA 94403

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Do not confuse this theater with the Foster City Cinema on Shell Boulevard. This six screen theater was part of the new Fashion Island Shopping Center built in the early-1980’s.

The shopping center was a flop from the beginning and was torn down (along with the theater) in the early-1990’s. Mann Theatres supposedly operated the theater for a few years before selling the lease to General Cinema Corp.

The complex had three super large auditoriums which seated approx 500-600 people. The seats were from the 1940’s or 1950’s and had been completely re-built. Second run films for $1.50 arrived until closing day in the early-1990’s.

Contributed by mike croaro

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Benl
Benl on July 20, 2008 at 3:37 am

Hey Larry,

Yes, all the big chain stories “backs” are facing HWY 92, so not to be missed.:) Target, ToysRus, Staples, Pectco, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, etc.

They have added a few new streets that goes through the old mall location.

The Home Depot is in the general area where the old part of the mall that housed Montgomery Ward, maybe a tiny bit south but very close. Also the Pier 1 Imports (the very first one ever was located in the Fashion Island Mall) is in the same parking lot as the Home Depot across the street from the ice rink. Also, right next to the ice rink is Red Robin my former employer.

The “Fashion Island Target” is not only stated on the receipts for shoppers, it’s stated on Target.com if you do a search on their store locator.

Regarding your hometown Redwood city? Lots of changed. They have done a lot of upgrading. They have a new downtown theater (as does San Mateo). The UA Theater is gone. The Century theater is really falling apart, it’s a matter of time before it closes.

Just in case you have not seen any of the new look Redwood City.

http://redwoodcitynow.com/images/century_big.jpg

http://redwoodcitynow.com/renaissance.html

P.S. I miss the old Marine World Africa USA that closed in 1986.

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Benl
Benl on July 20, 2008 at 3:46 am

I forgot to mention.

Target was never in San Mateo until that store opened in 1997.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 20, 2008 at 4:58 am

Benl

Now that I think about it, we bought some things at Montgomery Ward and had them sent to our Reno address BEFORE moving here in March if 95. So the mall was still in operation in 95. It must have been 96 0r 97 when it came down. I totally forgot about that. You say Red Robin is still operating? We were regulars at that place when it was at the original Fashion Island. There’s so much more retail going on there, than I realized.

Many thanks for the pictures of downtown Redwood City, the one shows the FOX THEATRE in the background. That was the theatre I worked at (along with other family members before me) that started my 12 year career with National General Theatres. I have so many wonderful memories of my “theatre days” with that company. Too bad Ted Mann had to come into the picture.

I understand there was problems with Syufy and Cinemark Theatres in regard to the continued operation of the original Century Theatre, after the new one opened on Broadway. Syufy must have sole ownership of the original Century, and does not want to let it go. It would seem counterproductive that there would be 2 Century Theatres in operation in the same town, and really not that far apart. Sorry to hear the tore down the UA on Veterans Blvd. That sure didn’t last very long. I think it had already closed in 95 be fore we came here.

Benl
Benl on July 20, 2008 at 5:47 am

Larry,

Funny you mention Ward’s, they are still in business, but they only ship their products like Amazon does.

Toysrus opened December of 1997 (just in time for Christmas)

The company that purchased the land that was Fashion Island Mall won the bid at 40 million. I believe it cost around 300 million to get everything up and going. They were paying $15,000 a day in interest, so that is the reason they did a quick demolish and rebuild of the land. Torn down in late 1996 and new retail stores open in a year is pretty amazing. The condos were not ready at that point. I remember seeing truck after truck hauling away what was left of the mall down 3rd ave. It is amazing who much more productive the private sector is compared to the government. :)

Also, it is really cool to see the new Century theater next to the Fox theater in that pic.

The last Movie I saw in the UA was “The Shadow”, I think it was around 1994 or 1995.

I do remember seeing the Laster Star Fighter and D.A.R.Y.L. during the summer of 1984 at the UA in Redwood City.

Benl
Benl on April 30, 2009 at 5:47 am

Great to see these photos of the theater (photos taken by John Tarantino)

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2963.html

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Ben,great shots, I remember when i decided to drive over to REGENCY MALL and take a few pictures of my old triple REGENCY I,II,&III Cinemas: I knew the mall was slowly going down hill and i wanted a shot of the frontBoxoffice,It was inside the mall. So i took my pictures and walked out of a dying mall.Before I got to my car MALL SECURITY drove up and demanded to know what i was doing in the mall with a camera.I should have told them to piss off, but i explained what i did.I couldn’t believe it. A dying mall who would care.Hope you didn’t run into the MALL POLICE.Hell, they were never any help when i was the Assistant Manager in the early 80’s. I handled trouble myself.Bunch of wanta be “dirty harrys”,Small caps in honor of Clint Eastwood.

sharker
sharker on June 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

I worked for John Tarantino and Barbara at the Mann 6 from 82-84 prior to entering the US Army. They ran a tight ship but were very good people. If anyone knows how to get hold of either of them, please pass on the info! I’m in some of Mr. Tarantino’s pics, but dare not identify ;)
Steve Harker

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on July 31, 2011 at 6:52 am

Steve , you can e-mail me would like to hear from you John.

Fastphilly
Fastphilly on February 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Never seen a movie there.I used to go into the video arcade in the mall called “The Gold Mine” which was close to the theater entrance..I even worked at the Round Table Pizza parlor in the mall.

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on December 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

yes,the Theatre was on the same side as Gold Mine you came in the entrance and it was the first space on the left!

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