Hutton Center 8
9 Hutton Center Drive,
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Edwards Hutton Center, designed by Ken Hyosaka, opened on June 10, 1988. Prior to its opening the Los Angeles Times said the $6 million cinema, built by Hutton Development Co., would seat 2,482. The Orange County Register described a very formal opening where the employees, wearing tuxedos and white gloves, greeted the moviegoers. A black and white uniform with bow ties for the employees, which added another touch of class to the luxurious cinema, became the norm after the grand opening. Even though the opening attractions were mainstream Hollywood such as Tom Hanks in “Big” and Sean Connery in “The Presidio", a foreign picture was tested in one auditorium. After the run of “Babette’s Feast", an art house favorite, it appears the Hutton Center 8 showed just the mainstream films.
By 1995 Edwards was on to larger and better projects such as the Irvine Spectrum and Hutton Center became rather neglected. After Edwards 2001 bankruptcy the theater became part of Regal Entertainment Group. On July 24, 2003 it was missing from Regal’s display advertisement in the OC Register and was presumed closed. It was later demolished but the parking structure, which fitted neatly to the back of the theater, still exists.
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