La Verne Stadium 12

1950 E. Foothill Boulevard,
La Verne, CA 91750

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According to the Los Angeles Times, this project had a hard time getting started because of a 1991 suit that targeted the city and Edwards Theatres. A pharmacist, whose store was across the street from the theater said it would be too large and the environmental impact report was inadequate. According to a San Gabriel Valleys newspaper, James Edwards Sr. had bought the 17-acre citrus grove in the 1950’s with the idea of building a home on it and had been planning the theater for five years with city support.

The pharmacist won $28,000 from Edwards theatres, who was ordered to pay his legal fees and draw up a new EIR, which turned out to be no different from the first report so the theaters was approved by the city.

Construction started at the end of February 1992 after Edwards spent $300,000 in legal fees. The $15 million theater opened on November 23, 1992 with 2,950 seats. The senior Edwards attended one of the free Monday showings and was presented with a birthday cake to celebrate his 86th birthday. It has been part of Regal Cinemas since 2001.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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