AMC Fashion Valley 4

7007 Friars Road,
San Diego, CA 92108

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AMC Fashion Valley 4

This was the first multiplex theatre in San Diego and was located at the rear of the Fashion Valley Mall. It opened June 3, 1970. An almost non-existent lobby was a just a small hallway. It was closed December 31, 1995 and was demolished because a modern 18-plex was being built inside the mall.

It had four Cinemeccanica Victoria 4 projectors in two projection booths. Two projectors shared a five platter Christie platter system. The projectors used an amazing “Deitz” relay automation system. The theatre actually had one remaining “silver screen” when it was torn down.

Where it stood is now an empty lot in the far northwest corner of the mall.

Contributed by Michael Krawtschenko

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

RSM3853 on January 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

The Fashion Valley 1-2-3-4 opened the week of June 3, 1970. The opening films were: 1) Funny Girl 2) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 3) Loving 4) Cactus Flower

dcubs on December 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I loved these theatres and they were always touting that their films were presented in Dolby Stereo. I recall seeing ALIEN here opening weekend.

imaxman on February 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

Worked this theater from 1980 to 90’s. Dolby was installed for “Tron” in 2 theaters, 3 and 4 later had UltraStereo installed. When I started it was reel to reel on 6000 foot reels. Some projectionist had fun pulling the diode pins out of the automation and handing them to a new operator. I had the chance to map the pin locations before that happened to me. I was there during the platter, 3D Screen, and new snack bar installs.

moviebuff82 on May 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

dcubs, did aliens and alien 3 play here? I know future alien movies have played in this theatre’s successor.

rleather on December 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Used to go to this theatre a lot. 4 screens in one theatre, mind-blowing! Everyone ended up at Fenton’s for ice cream down the strip mall after the films.

Saw Rocky Horror on opening weekend and it was dead, no crowd (and no dancing yet). Saw Piranha and the girl in the booth warned me “no refunds”. Apparently everyone was complaining. Saw Sorcerer with like 2 other people in there. I remember Young Frankenstein playing here for months and we went back 3 or 4 times that winter. Saw Last Temptation of Christ and there were picketeers outside. Also used to have studio previews. Saw Tunnelvision snuck, with mucky-mucks in the lobby. Groove Tube, Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House all played here. Very much a college crowd place (UCSD nearby).

Alexio2051 on December 31, 2021 at 3:06 pm

rleather, don’t you mean “Farrells Ice Cream Parlor”?

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