Edwards Bristol IV Cinema

3700 S. Bristol Street,
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas

Firms: Burke, Kober, Nicolais & Archuleta

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Edwards Bristol IV Cinema

This was an unassuming and mundane four-plex. It was opened December 25, 1974, I understand this theatre closed in 2001 as part of the Edwards bankruptcy.

This was the first theatre I managed for Edwards Cinemas in 1982, before moving on to the Woodbridge 5 and then the Southcoast II (Theatre III).

The two significant memories I have of it are the tower with signage and the time that some punks were hassling one of the concession girls on a break (and I literally saw ‘red’) and I managed to get them to leave without incident. I think she was watching “Creep Show”.

Contributed by Stuart Berman

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Richie_T on January 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

This place went to seed by the mid 80s but I do have fond memories of great double features back then including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom w/ Ghostbusters and Weird Science w/ Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Good times. I’ll always remember one of the screens, I think in cinema 3, had a two foot gash in the bottom right corner that always bugged the hell out of me.

Flix70 on January 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

This wasn’t a bad little theater in its day. I remember frequenting the place quite often as a kid throughout the ‘70s and '80s (used to meet my grandparents for Sunday brunch at the nearby Barclay Inn) but for the life of me the only two flicks I can remember seeing there are Rocky III and Spaceballs. Maybe the original Rocky in 1976. I do recall going back in the early '90s for The Dark Half with Timothy Hutton.

rivest266 on November 16, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Slight Correction: Opened on Christmas Day, 1974. Grand opening ad posted.

Flix70 on March 28, 2021 at 8:45 am

Michael Mann’s 1981 crime-noir debut “Thief” starring James Caan opened at the Bristol IV 40 years ago this weekend.

Flix70 on May 29, 2022 at 8:27 am

Sylvester Stallone’s 1982 crowd-pleaser “Rocky III” opened at the Bristol IV 40 years this weekend (May 28, 1982).

Featuring Talia Shire, Carl Weathers & the debut of Mr. T, the film opened at number one with $16 million and remained in the top ten through mid-August, finishing the year as the 4th highest-grossing film of 1982.

I saw it here, just as I had the previous two Rockys, with a full crowd that first weekend as a kid and loved it.

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