Brookhurst 4 Cinemas
2229 Ball Road,
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The Brookhurst Theatre closed in early May of 2003 after more than 42 years of continuous operation. It first opened in April of 1961 in a new neighborhood center built away from the downtown area. In addition to its opening attraction, an advertised 70mm demo reel was shown and then a month later it played its first feature in 70mm Todd-AO, “Can-Can”, making it the first theater in Orange County to screen 70mm. The operator was Vinicof Theatres of Los Angeles who also built a snack shop near the entrance of this ultra-modern theater, complete with a covered drive-through area for cars to drop off patrons.
Over the years the Brookhurst Theatre, always an independent, was converted to four screens and its exterior was changed from the way it once was. In its original form, the 944-seat cinema could be considered Orange County’s first modern theater and predated Edwards Theatres entry into the county. In later years it was mostly forgotten because no one remembers it in its prime as a large 70mm, single-screen venue situated in a quiet part of Anaheim. Also forgotten is the Brookhurst Loge, a very small but plush theater with all-loge seating, which was built next door in a separate building in 1970.
In the fall of 2003, with its signage removed, the Brookhurst remained vacant awaiting its fate. Rescued by the TriStone Cinema Group, it re-opened in December 2009 as a discount movie theatre. It was closed again in spring of 2011.
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