UA Tanforan 4 Cinemas

400 Tanforan Park,
San Bruno, CA 94066

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pbignardi
pbignardi on July 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

I am 99% sure this theatre opened in 1975. I recall shopping at Tanforan during Christmas 1974 and looking down from the mezzanine above at the partially completed theater and thinking it looked abandoned. Several years later when it was closed – it looked more beat up, but also looked abandoned, and then it was removed. I saw a lot of movies in this place before it closed.

1966gt350h
1966gt350h on July 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I saw the movie Coma there in 1978 and the movie Survive there in 1976, the mall opened in 1971 and Im almost positive that the theater opened at the same time.

ColinM
ColinM on May 29, 2012 at 3:02 am

The UA Tanforan 4 Cinemas opened at the Tanforan Park Mall in San Bruno, California circa 1970. During the 70s and early 80s, the theatre was often United Artists' highest grossing venue in Northern California. The cinemas consisted of 4 auditoriums on the lower level of the mall, accessed by escalators behind the box office on the main level of the mall adjacent to the west parking lot entrance. The lobby of the theatre was open to the upper level and mall skylight. The largest of the 4 auditoriums (#3) featured approximately 600 seats and was utilized for the larger blockbuster releases. Above the door of each auditorium was a reader board with the film title and a large, colored, plastic numeral denoting the auditorium number. The booth had Christie projectors and utilized a platter system. For its time, it was a spacious, modern and comfortable cinema with decent sound and projection, though only auditorium #3 featured stereo sound. The space formerly occupied by the cinemas is today the lower level of the Barnes and Noble book store.

Fastphilly
Fastphilly on February 3, 2012 at 4:15 am

This theater was opened well before 1988. I seen Return Of The Jedi there in late 1983/early 1984.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 23, 2011 at 3:29 am

It did not always book first run; in its last years, it was known as the Tanforan Discount Cinemas, and I think it became an independent.