South Coast Plaza Theatre
3410 Bristol Street,
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The South Coast Plaza Theatre was opened by National General Theatres in 1968. In 1973 it was taken over by Mann Theatres who later divided the auditorium, which seated about 1,000, into two.
Edwards Theatres assumed control in 1981, making it their 17th Orange County location. The Plaza Theatre, in a separate building behind it, was marketed as its third screen.
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, makes 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 theater to broaden its appeal’.
Sadly this was not to be, and the theatre was demolished in March 2008.
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