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I knew this theater as a Pacific Theaters theater when I first came across it in the late 1990’s. Shortly before the theater was completely destroyed, the marque that I knew and had seen every time I went there was removed. And what appeared to be there was the “original” marque behind that one.
The theater was called, “Sun Cinema.” Here’s another time I wish I had a camera handy. It was a very nice looking marque too. I was there to see “Reign of Fire” one time, and after the movie was done running there, the manager let me have the bus-stop-size poster of that movie hanging inside the theater.
I drove by The Canyon Theatre last month and was very shocked to see the entire shopping center has been completely destroyed. Even the paved ground has been removed and there’s only dirt and weeds. I wonder why they would go to the trouble to remove the pavement parking lot? There’s a chain-link fence surrounding the entire perimeter of the ex-shopping center. It’s been a number of years since I’ve been by there and that fence looks to have been there for quite some time.
I remember when they were showing old b&w movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, which I thought was a neat idea. But, they weren’t old movies that I’d heard of. It would’ve been great to have themed days or weekends. Even midnight movies like was done in the 70’s and 80’s and those pulp fiction and grindhouse concepts. I think that kind of thing along with horror nights has a lot of potential to save the few remaining nostalgic movie houses that are left. Now that some of the 80’s are beginning to come back, there were many cool horror movies that would do very well in these old theaters. So many are gone and it makes me very sad.