Super Saver Cinemas 7
12343 Seal Beach Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Silver Cinemas
The Seal Beach Super Saver Cinemas 7 opened on August 25, 1989 in a building, which formerly housed Larry’s Furniture. The shopping center and Super Saver Cinemas of El Paso, Texas shared the one-and-a-half million-dollar cost of renovating the 30,000 square foot space.
The Orange County Register said that this was Super Saver’s first California location and ninth in all. The Los Angeles Times said that the chain was able to negotiate attractive lease rate because they drew a lot of foot traffic to the shopping centers.
The 6,000 patrons attending the first weekend paid the admission price of $1.50, while first-run Orange County theaters were pushing $7. Seating in the 1,500-seat theater, which at its peak in 1993 drew 10,000 patrons a week, ranged from 175 to 300 seats per auditorium.
On March 30, 2002, with admission prices now at $2.50, the Super Saver closed because the landlord decided not to renew the lease. The Register reported that the theater and surrounding buildings were to be demolished as part of a restructuring of the entire center.
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