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And in February 2014 it once again became an UltraStar theater. Why, I don’t know.
I lived in nearby Escondido, and my friend and I actually went to the San Marcos 6 the last night it was open; the 10:05 pm screening of ‘Final Destination’, on Thursday, May 11, 2000!
I saw it at the Valley Circle in San Diego, sometime during its first two weeks of release. A good memory…my Dad driving the family to the Mission Valley area, pretending we were going out to dinner, then surprising us by pulling into the theater parking lot instead. By the time we’d bought our tickets, the line had already wrapped once around the big box-like cinema; when we got inside, we bypassed the crowded snack stand and went straight to the big auditorium, where plenty of seats were still available. We sat on the right side, at the end of a row, and there on the floor we found a full tub of popcorn that had been left behind from the previous showing, a free snack which my brother and I both made an immediate wide-eyed grab for (I was 14, he was 10). My Mom saw this and nearly had a heart attack; she stopped us with a panicked “No!” and immediately sent Dad to buy us a fresh tub! A great show on a giant screen, with an enthusiastic audience around us; I wound up seeing the movie four more times during its initial run.