UA 8 Movies

362 W. El Norte Parkway,
Escondido, CA 92026

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Former Escondido UA 8 (now LA Fitness)

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The theater building still exists in the Del Norte Plaza, but has been heavily modified to be a L.A. Fitness.

Contributed by Chris Flora

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LebowskiT1000
LebowskiT1000 on April 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

It was more than 1 screen, probably 8 or 10 or something like that.

Zubi
Zubi on April 12, 2012 at 1:35 am

This theatre’s original marquee name was “UA 8 Movies” – not “United Artists Theater”. It was an extra-beautiful eightplex: bright white exterior with blood-red tile and ginormous columns inside and out, double-striped neon above the lobby on high brass ceilings, and a super-wide two-story front entirely of glass. This was the first THX house in San Diego County. Built in 1985, “Explorers” was one of its opening movies. For those of you who are fans of Dan Barron from UA Del Amo-Torrance, this was Dan’s first UA. He was an assistant here (under Mr. Moreno) and later became manager. Dan was very well thought of by all of his friends and colleagues in SD (Thomas, if you read this and remember the Long Island Iced Teas, send a hello!). UA 8 Movies-Escondido [informally called just UA Escondido or Escondido 8; sometimes UA Del Norte (its 411 listing) or Del Norte Plaza Movies (post-UA)] had a total capacity of 2048; the main auditorium seated only 394 but it had 70mm capability. If anyone has a photo of this place, please post—particularly if it was taken when the theatre was bran spanking new and the most striking (they later painted the front columns pink, which was a huge mistake). Today’s LA Fitness remodel also does not even do this place justice. In addition to having once been a great looking multiplex, when Dan was there, UA Escondido also had an unbelievably sharp-looking and well-trained staff.

LebowskiT1000
LebowskiT1000 on June 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Here’s an article with a mention of the Del Norte Plaza Movies 8 (UA 8 Movies).

http://retailtrafficmag.com/development/trends/retail_screen_gems/

“Edwards, a Newport Beach, Calif., company that merged into Regal Entertainment Group following bankruptcy, closed the Vineyard Twin Cinemas and six-screen Nordahl Road Cinema in Escondido, Calif., in 1998 after opening an 18-screener in nearby San Marcos. The San Marcos opening also prompted closure of the 15-year-old, independently run Del Norte Plaza Movies 8 cinema; when Del Norte management failed to find a new operator for the theater, it rented the gutted space to LA Fitness Clubs.”

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