South Coast Plaza III Theatres
3410 Bristol Street,
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The South Coast Plaza Theatre was opened by National General Theatres on March 13, 1968 with Warren Beatty in “Bonnie and Clyde”. In 1973 it was taken over by Mann Theatres who later divided the auditorium, which seated about 1,000, into two. On June 23, 1976 a new building built behind the original one became its third screen.
Edwards Theatres assumed control in 1981, making it their 17th Orange County location.
It finally closed in 2000 because of Edwards' bankruptcy. Edwards once had plans to turn it into a single-screen stadium seating about 500 and offering dinner service. Its location, next to the Orange County Performing Arts District, made it a prime candidate for some type of reuse.
The Orange County Register said after closing that ‘the Arts District needs a “populist” attraction such as a movie theatre to broaden its appeal’.
Sadly this was not to be, and the theatre was demolished in March 2008.
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