UA 8 Movies
Buena Park Mall,
8700 On the Mall,
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Opened in 1984 by manager Mark Naify, scion of the Lebanese-American family who owned United Artists Theatres from the late-1940’s to the late-1980’s, UA Buena Park was that chain’s Orange County flagship for several years. The lobby interior was bright mauve, pink, and Indian red, and featured electronic mini-marquees. The main auditorium was 70mm-capable and THX-equipped; seating capacities ranged from 595 to 98.
July 4, 1986 UA Buena Park was one of the theatres where Columbia Pictures, “thanking America”, presented a single free performance of “The Karate Kid, Part II”. Well intentioned and clearly advertised on a first-come/first-serve basis, the event nevertheless became problematic when thousands showed up and there were only 500 or so seats available.
Buena Park 8 closed in 1999; later replaced by a Krikorian megaplex.
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