Regency San Juan Capistrano Theater
26762 Verdugo Street,
San Juan Capistrano,
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Operated by: Regency Theatres
Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Edwards Cinema, Edwards Franciscan Plaza 5, Franciscan Plaza 5
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News About This Theater
- Aug 1, 2011 — New kid in town Regency Theater named Business of the Year
- May 13, 2010 — Regency renovates, re-opens former Edwards cinema in San Juan Capistrano, CA
- Jan 6, 2010 — Former San Juan Capistrano theater to reopen
- Feb 18, 2009 — Capistrano moving toward reopening movie house
Originally on this site stood the Mission Theatre (c.1935-1945). The Franciscan Plaza shopping center was constructed and the Edwards Cinema opened on December 15, 1989.
It was closed in 2000, when the Edwards chain had a dispute with the owners of the shopping center. In early 2009, talks were underway with the Regency Theatres chain to possibly re-open the Franciscan Plaza 5 in Summer 2009. Regency Theatres signed a deal and set a November 2009 re-opening date, which eventually happened on May 7, 2010. Now with four auditoriums.
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Regency Theatres has officially signed on to reopen the Franciscan Plaza. The opening is slated for November 2009. Along with an extensive remodel, partially funded by a $450,000 loan from the city, a bar/lounge will be added to the second floor.
The re opening has been pushed back to March. The theatre will now be a four screen and feature a bar. The venue has converted to stadium seating, so the seating has likely been cut dramatically.
The reopening is now set for April, 2010: View link
The theatre reopened on 5/7/10 with “Oceans”, “The Back-Up Plan”, and two screens of “Ironman 2”.
The theatre now features a Moroccan theme interior, second floor cafe/lounge (in another nod to the film “Casablanca”, the area is branded “Rick’s Cafe”), and food/alcohol service in one of the auditoriums.
Hey “history fans”… This place MUST re-open with “CASABLANCA”.
And how about getting some of the “Hollywood look-a-likes” to be on hand for a grand opening; 1940’s costumes, old cars, French cops, German troops… HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID!!!
Food/alcohol service is fantastic in your seat during the movie upstairs in the VIP theater. Chairs are super comfortable. This is how you see a movie. It is pretty pricey, but it’s worth it for special occasions.
December 15th, 1989 grand opening ad in photo section