Lakewood Center South 9

4821 Del Amo Boulevard,
Lakewood, CA 90712

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Functions: Gymnasium

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Pacific Theatres converted a former men’s store into the Lakewood Center 1,2,3 and opened it on June 12, 1981 with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” showing on two screens. The Press-Telegram noted that tons of concrete was poured to slope the floors. This added to the number of screens in Lakewood Center as the original Lakewood Center Theatre, which was built nearby in the same mall’s parking lot in 1968, had increased to four screens in 1974.

On December 11, 1992, 1,500 seats and six more screens opened in a former Buffum’s department store that had been gutted, bringing the total to nine screens. The total number of screens in Lakewood Center, which has appeared on the list of the top grossing theatres in the country, is now 25.

Closed on June 26, 2008.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

lebayan on June 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Pacific Theatres Lakewood Center South 9 is now closed. Last day of operation was Thursday June 26, 2008.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on June 30, 2008 at 7:42 am

Frankly, I’m surprised this place lasted as long as it did, after the opening of the 16 screens up the parking lot.

I TAP’d this theatre a couple times during the late 1990s, and while there was never anything ever wrong with the place on a technical level during my visits, I hated going there because it just had zero charm.

kencmcintyre on June 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I went to a few movies here in the early nineties. I agree, not much of a moviegoing experience. It won’t be missed.

William on July 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm

When Pacific Theatres operated this theatre as a tri-plex the seating capacities were 318, 318, 340.

rivest266 on December 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

June 12th, 1981 grand opening ad in photo section. No grand opening ad found for the December 11th, 1992 expansion.

SCOTNESS on January 7, 2018 at 3:06 pm

I got to see so many good movies here and it goes to show you good things dont last

Fanofcomedy on May 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm

1st movie I watched at Lakewood South 9 was “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” 1985 Re Release
Last movie I watched at Lakewood South 9 was “The Strangers” which was a week before the theater closed

samwisefan on August 24, 2021 at 9:47 pm

I don’t have any childhood memories of this theatre. I only went as an adult and I’d have to say it was not a very good theatre. I only went there if I had to, which thankfully was only a few times. I mainly remember the seats being very uncomfortable.
The building was converted to a 24 Hour Fitness.

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