Festival Cinemas

19901 Hesperian Boulevard,
Hayward, CA 94541

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Festival Cinemas

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Opened in the early 1970’s as a four-screener showing first-run films, this theater was a first-run mecca for films in Hayward and surrounding areas. Along with the Southland Cinemas, these theaters drew business away from the theaters in downtown Hayward (Ritz and Hayward theaters), as well as the nearby Lorenzo theater in San Lorenzo.

This theater eventually expanded to nine screens. A 25 screen Century theater in nearby Union City started bringing a decline in business (and resulted in the demise in the Southland Cinemas). The final nail came when a 16 screen Century theater opened in San Leandro. The city of Hayward, which owns the site, did not renew Mann’s lease, and so the theater closed on January 26th, 2003. The theater was demolished in September 2005 and will be replaced by retail.

Contributed by scottfavareille

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bobbie
bobbie on January 9, 2004 at 11:34 pm

Just thought I might add this bit of info

The address is:
19901 Hesperian Blvd Hayward, CA 94541

The last day it was open for business was January 26th, 2003

If the add photo option was available, I could submit images as well, for I have many.

FrankieBoyCA
FrankieBoyCA on January 22, 2004 at 12:07 am

Was one of the rare bay area theatres to have a THX certified auditorium for many years, before many of the huge 15+ screen multiplexes came along.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on March 31, 2004 at 10:54 pm

In the area, the first THX certified auditorium was at the GCC Fremont Hub 8, which opened in 1987 and had one auditorium THX certified. (That theater later closed, ironically due to the popularity of the 25 screen Century 25 in Union City. How interesting is that theater wound up putting 4 separate multiplexes totalling 28 screens out of business.)

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 10:35 pm

Over 1 ½ years later, the building still sits, empty.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on July 20, 2005 at 3:06 pm

Update: This theater is slated to be torn down in September(after the Hayward Zucchini Festival, which is held at Kennedy Park across the street) and it will be replaced with a Target store.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on September 19, 2005 at 7:08 pm

Just got back from vacation—It has been demolished.

Monsterzero
Monsterzero on October 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm

bobbie,

Any chance I could get you to send me those images that you have of the Festival Cinemas?

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