Regency Charter Center Theaters

7822 Warner Avenue,
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Charter Center

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Opened in 1986 by Edwards Cinemas. It was later taken over by Regency Theatres operating as a discount theatre. It was closed January 26, 2017.

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Richie_T
Richie_T on July 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I think I spent every Friday night at this theater during the mid to late 1980s. Always packed on the weekends with lively moviegoers. Some memorable opening night screenings include: Aliens (70mm), Star Trek IV, Platoon, Three Amigos, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Untouchables, Die Hard (at least three weekends in a row), Scrooged, Batman, Silence of the Lambs, Colors, Willow, Red Heat, the list goes on and on so I’ll stop here. Regency Charter Center is a living monument to the mostly vanishing Edwards theaters of the 1980s.

Logan5
Logan5 on October 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the “Edwards Charter Centre” in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

Richie_T
Richie_T on June 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

I dropped by one of my favorite childhood theaters this weekend which now operates as a discount house. Happy to report that the 30 year old establishment continues to thrive and is well looked after by Regency. It’s a perfectly preserved relic from the 80s. It’s amazing they can stay in business with such low prices. That said, business was booming on the day of my visit.

Midnight Noon
Midnight Noon on February 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

Theater is permanently closed as of February 2017.

flamingfilms
flamingfilms on February 8, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Was one of my favorite discount theaters.

Richie_T
Richie_T on February 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Sad news. Just over 30 years of operation. That’s a pretty good run. So many memories. This one hurts.

Flix70
Flix70 on March 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

Sad to hear of the closure. I think the first film I caught here was Eddie Murphy’s “Harlem Nights” with a bunch of buddies during Thanksgiving break in 1989.

Lived in HB from 2001 to 2004 and can remember seeing “Unbreakable,” Insomnia,“ and "Mystic River” here, to name a few.

It was always a nice, comfortable place to catch a flick. No complaints.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Last day of operation was 1/26/2017.

Logan5
Logan5 on June 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Newspapers listed it as “Charter Centre”.

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on June 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Such a bummer. This was one of the last Edwards theaters still standing from the ‘80s. Charter Centre was a nice theater for a long time, even up until its closing. I went there twice in the last year and a half and both times, the theater was very busy. The theater was well maintained.

There was one pretty big auditorium which had 70mm capability on the right side as you walked into the lobby. On the left were at least two decent sized theaters. In the back of the complex were smaller theaters.

I’m bummed I didn’t take more photos before it closed. It lasted just a little bit longer than Cinedome in Orange.

The only theater that is still operating as a cinema from the ‘80s Edwards era, I believe, is Irvine University.

70mm presentations at Charter Centre:

Rocky IV
Aliens
StakeOut
Good Morning, Vietnam
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Dick Tracy
Far and Away

Films I saw at Charter Centre:

Full Metal Jacket Red Heat 101 Dalmatians (1996 remake) Romy and Michele’s Reunion The Patriot The Aviator Bridge of Spies Zootopia

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