Brea Plaza 5
453 S. Associated Road,
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Previous Names: Mann Brea Plaza 5, Edwards Brea Plaza 5, Captain's Family Theatre
The Brea Plaza 5 was operated as a first run Mann Theatre until the mid-1990’s, when it was taken over by Edwards and booked as an art house. Following Edwards' bankruptcy, and subsequent purchase by Regal Entertainment, the Brea 5 was briefly closed, before being picked up by Captain Blood’s Family Theatres in 2002. Blood’s ran the theatre as a discount house for several years, until it was forced to close, yet again, in the spring of 2006.
Located directly across from the 57 freeway’s Imperial Highway off-ramp, the property is a relatively busy shopping plaza, next door to the Brea Mall. However, the theatre is tucked away in a back corner of the plaza, almost hidden behind the other structures. Were it not for a five foot, ground level marquee, located beside a Denny’s restaurant, there would be little evidence a theatre existed on the property.
The theatre is a non-descript, free standing, beige box and only identifiable via faded Mann era signage. Inside, the décor and layout are typical of an early/mid-1980’s multiplex; shoebox auditoriums off of a small, generic lobby, with vaulted ceiling. The theatre was obviously built on a modest budget and little effort was ever placed on maintaining/upgrading the building, resulting in a sub par venue that is in a general state of disrepair.
Underbuilt, poorly maintained, located in the worst possible area of a prime property, in close proximity to numerous competitors, and changing ownership annually; hardly the ingredients for a successful theatre, but, somehow, the Brea Plaza 5 managed to stay in business for over twenty years.
It was completely remodeled and renovated reopened by the Tristone Cinema Group on July 30, 2010. It was closed in October 2021.
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