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I went to this theatre several times as a child, mainly because it was in the mall, not because it was a nice theatre (because it certainly wasn’t). For some reason the one movie that really stands out in memory of having seen here is the movie “Heartbeeps” starring Bernadette Peters & Andy Kaufman. I also remember seeing Cronenberg’s “The Fly” here for a second time and one of the friends I went with was furious with me for telling him the movie wasn’t that gross. LOL! I think that was the last time I ever went to this location.
My favorite memory of this theatre was when I saw Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.” It was an AMC then and this was one of the very few theaters in the area willing to screen the film.
Side Note: I made a student film at the time that dealt with the protests the film was getting during its initial release. Somewhere in a closet I have footage of the theater’s exterior marquee, which listed the film’s title.
I only went to this theatre once, and it was for an audience test screening of the Disney film HERCULES. The film was only half-finished (the animation would alternate between fully animated and basic line drawings), but it was interesting to see it in a work-in-progress state.
A Kohl’s department store is now where the theatre once stood. I’m not sure if the building was remodeled or torn down for new construction.
I don’t have any childhood memories of this theatre. I only went as an adult and I’d have to say it was not a very good theatre. I only went there if I had to, which thankfully was only a few times. I mainly remember the seats being very uncomfortable.The building was converted to a 24 Hour Fitness.
The original 1200-seat screen remains one of the best movie screens in Southern California. And 4 of the “newly” added stadium-style screens are very nice as well. It’s the smaller screens they added that are completely abysmal. Who at the dawn of the 21st century builds a movie screen with an aisle down the center of the theatre?!?! Ridiculous. That said, if you can ever see a film on the original huge screen, it’s soooo worth it. Hopefully someone will rescue this location from its permanent closure.
My one big memory of this theatre is when I took two friends there for my 14th birthday. The 80’s 3-D craze was in full swing and they were playing a 3-D double feature of Alfred Hitchcock’s DIAL M FOR MURDER and Andy Warhol’s FRANKENSTEIN. I noticed in the newspaper that FRANKENSTEIN was rated X. My mom and I thought it must’ve been a misprint and she bought the tickets for us and arranged when to pick us up. We saw the Hitchcock film first. But little did we know what we had in store for us afterwards… X-rated, indeed! I never told my mom. And I don’t think my friends told their parents either.
My two best memories of this theatre are actually both audience test screenings. One of them was for the movie THE BEAR. That test screening happened an entire year before the movie was released in the US. And the second one was for DICK TRACY. That test screening was super memorable because Warren Beatty was actually there and walked right by us on the upstairs hallway after the film ended.
This is a theatre I frequented many times during childhood. This is the theatre I was at when I had the realization that I no longer wanted to drink/eat anything while watching a movie because I was tired of having to use the bathroom in the middle of a film. LOL! I also have a memory of my mom taking my sister and I to see the movie OLD DRACULA (which she incorrectly thought was going to be a family friendly comedy) and about 10 minutes into the movie when a female character in the film was shot with a crossbow she made us leave. I remember she asked the manager if we could switch sides of the theatre to see what was playing on the other side: HERBIE RIDES AGAIN.
My very first moviegoing experiences were at this drive-in. My parents would take the entire family there in our green station wagon. My mom would make a giant vat of “M&M popcorn” (which is exactly what you think it is) and a massive thermos filled with “Suicide” (which was her name for some sort of Kool-Aid/7-UP type of mixed drink). We’d always get there early so my siblings & I could play in the playground that was beneath the giant movie screen. I always loved going to the snack bar even if we didn’t buy anything. Aside from STAR WARS, the only movie that I have a specific memory of seeing there is BRAINSTORM. I remember that being the first time I realized movies could be filmed in different aspect ratios (as the film itself is shown in two different aspect ratios). I remember thinking to myself, “Why isn’t the movie using the entire screen?” Until, of course, the first virtual reality sequence appeared and the film suddenly used the entire screen.
I went to this theatre often back in the day. At those bargain prices, how could you not? The place always seemed to be pretty packed. I remember seeing PURPLE RAIN there multiple times. And I remember seeing a re-release of GREASE and watching half the audience leave the theatre for bathrooms/concessions/etc. during the “Beauty School Dropout” number. I also remember seeing STAR 80 and after the film trying to have a conversation about the film with my friend who watched it with me, but he could only remember the actors by their character name and I could only remember them by the actors' real names and we didn’t know who each other was talking about. LOL! (We were also probably too young to be watching that movie, but this place was super easy to sneak into different screens.)
This was my favorite childhood theatre in the 70’s/early 80’s. I went there as much as my parents would take me. I loved how big the screens were (especially that first screen) and I have many fond memories of going there. The one memory that stands out the most is when I went to see ICE CASTLES with my sister & my cousin and after the film my sister and I switched screens to watch THE WIZ and my cousin refused to follow us because she wanted to watch ICE CASTLES a second time. I’m still heartbroken that this theatre was demolished. I’d give just about anything to watch a movie there right now.
My two big memories from this theatre are seeing Ridley Scott’s LEGEND for the first time (which started my life-long obsession with that film), and seeing THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK when the lights came up during the climax of the film and we were evacuated from the theatre because the projection room was on fire. Thankfully, it was not my first time seeing that movie, otherwise I would have been heartbroken.