19901 Hesperian Boulevard,
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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.
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