United Artists Movies 4

1001 Brea Mall,
Brea, CA 92821

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This United Artists was a typical mall cinema, which opened on December 30, 1977. The biggest thing to ever happen there was on August 1, 1990 when two ski-masked bandits, who apparently waited in theater until closing time, held it up. The Orange County Register said they knocked two employees down, blindfolded and tied them up. But the bad guys did something worse! Adding insult to injury, they took one of the employees 1968 Mustang and drove away in the darkness with $3,200 in cash. The employees, after freeing themselves, called the police. It is not known if the felons were ever apprehended or if the 68 Mustang was ever returned to its owner. The theater closed sometime in April of 2000, way past its expiration date.

Glen Ivy Day Spa, located between Sears and Nordstrom, now occupies the space.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Zubi on December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Capacity (total): 1128 Capacity (main auditorium): 332 Ironically, older and smaller Brea Mall (4) outlasted the much nicer and newer Brea Marketplace (8) nearby. This, in spite of the fact that there was talk of litigation in the late 80s after the mall buried the exterior mall entry nearest this fourplex under a mountain of new parking and development. The exterior mall entry was still accessible, of course, but no longer as visible. This was a double-whammy for the UA Mall (and its managers' snack bar %) because it was around the same time (1988) that the UA Marketplace opened just across the way. The only advantage the four retained over the eight was its ability to play weekday matinees, which were not allowed at the Marketplace because of limited parking and/or lease restrictions.

ppierce201 on February 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

First theatre I was a manager at. Creepy theatre to open first thing in the morning.
I just remember how sub par the equipment was here. 2 mono houses, 1 dolby surrond ( not digital) and a kintech. Seemed like once a week the tech was out helping us with something. Best thing was the deals we had with some of the mall stores doing trade outs. Also for a while there was talk about making this a discount house only to be shot down because the mall felt it would attract the wrong quality of people. In the end Edwards Brea killed both this theatre and the marketplace across the street.

Logan5 on October 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the United Artists Movies in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

rivest266 on August 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm

December 30th, 1977 grand opening ad in photo section.

OCGirl on May 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Used to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” here back in 1980/1981.

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