Edwards Saddleback Cinema 6

23684 El Toro Road,
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas, General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Saddleback 1-2-3

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Edwards Saddleback Cinema 6

This theater was located in a now-demolished shopping center on El Toro Road in Lake Forest.

It was notable in that three theatres were located at one end of the shopping center ("1-2-3") and the other three ("4-5-6") were at the other end.

It was opened by General Cinema Theatres on July 12, 1974. In 1977 it was taken over by Edwards Cinemas. It closed in the late-1990’s or early-2000’s, and was demolished around 2005. A new shopping center stands here now.

Interestingly, another Edwards, Edwards El Toro Cinema, was located right across the street.

Contributed by Evan Wohrman

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

seans on September 11, 2016 at 10:39 am

I remember going to theaters 123 and 456 as a kid. There was a Play company toy store and Pet store on the 456 theater side. The book store was in the middle of the parking lot and had a hexagon shape.I also remember walking through the back side of theaters 123 where the waterfall path was and going to a Arvac Electronic supply store on the other end of the shopping center where Kentucky fried chicken use to be.

rivest266 on November 16, 2019 at 6:26 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on November 19, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Opened by General Cinemas and taken over by Edwards in 1977

Flix70 on March 28, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Michael Mann’s 1981 crime-noir debut “Thief” starring James Caan opened at the Saddleback 6 40 years ago this weekend.

Flix70 on April 11, 2021 at 11:21 am

The third theatrical re-release of “Star Wars” opened at the Saddleback 6 40 years ago this weekend (April 10, 1981). It marked the first time the texts “Episode IV” & “A New Hope” appeared at the beginning of the opening crawl.

Flix70 on July 17, 2022 at 10:25 am

Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic “RoboCop” opened at the Saddleback 6 35 years ago today (July 17, 1987).

I saw it here opening weekend with a full crowd as a teenager and loved it.

Flix70 on July 31, 2022 at 10:27 am

1987’s “The Lost Boys” opened at the Saddleback 6 35 years ago today (July 31, 1987).

Flix70 on July 2, 2023 at 10:27 am

John Landis' 1988 comedy “Coming to America” opened at the Saddleback 6 35 years ago this week (June 29, 1988).

Starring Eddie Murphy, Aresenio Hall & James Earl Jones, the film debuted at number one on over 2,000 screens and remained in the top 10 through mid-September, grossing over $128 million in North America & finishing its run at the 3rd highest-grossing film of 1988.

Flix70 on July 29, 2023 at 12:34 pm

Harold Ramis' 1983 adaptation of John Hughes' “National Lampoon’s Vacation” opened at the Saddleback 6 40 years ago today (July 29, 1983).

Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo & Randy Quaid, the family road-trip comedy debuted at number one on 1,175 and held the top spot for the next two weeks, remaining in the top ten through mid-October and finishing its run as the 11th highest-grossing film of 1983 with a gross just north of $61 million.

The film spawned five sequels over the next 32 years and remains one of the most beloved comedy franchises of all time.

CTCrouch on July 29, 2023 at 8:19 pm

I have the vaguest of memories of this plaza opening. The general memory being that the plaza was “fancy” and highly popular. Flash forward to the mid 90’s, when I moved back to Southern California as an adult, and the plaza certainly hadn’t aged well. In it’s later years, the center was run down and less than popular. The cinema had become a last resort choice, having never been updated or had any significant effort placed into its' upkeep. I once watched a heavily scratched print of “Dazed & Confused”, amidst a sea of bagged seats, and non functioning air-conditioning during the Saddleback’s waning years. And today, the one time multiple venues (Saddleback, El Torro, & Laguna Hills Mall) epicenter for moviegoing in the area is completely devoid of theatres.

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