Mann Torrence Promenade 6

19800 Hawthorne Boulevard,
Torrance, CA 90503

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Previously operated by: Mann Theatres

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Mann Old Town Theatre, Mann Old Towne 6

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Mann Torrence Promenade 6

This was a standard boxy multiplex inside Old Towne Mall. It opened on December 19, 1975 as the 4 small screens Mann Old Town Theatre. Character actor Chill Wills presided over the opening and was so drunk he could hardly stand up. On May 25, 1978 two large screens were added. At least one auditorium was equipped for 70mm. On January 17, 1991 it was renamed Mann Torrence Promenade 6. It was closed on May 14, 1994.

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Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

larrygoldsmith on May 15, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I was confused by the location of this multi-plex because there was a second Mann’s Old Town (no E) 6 plex in Reno NV. It was small, boxy, and the auditoriums were strictly shooting galleries. Lobby was strictly functional with no personality. This theatre was supposed to be the “replacement” for the demolished CREST THEATRE downtown. It was no match, and did not last long. This was the end of Mann Theatres in Northern Nevada.

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Here is a December 1975 ad from the LA Times:

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Chris Utley on August 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Status should be CLOSED

ChasSmith on December 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

I saw “Beverly Hills Cop” here, not sure about anything else, but the mall itself was unique (as you all know) and I wish I’d discovered it earlier, but in the early 1980s, my interest in decent stereo equipment led me to a wonderful high end shop there (which I believe was called Dimensions in Stereo), and I owe them much for introducing me to what I now know were some great components. Also recall the Federated Group store there, where coincidentally I was also pointed in the right direction — toward the new Toshiba BETA Hi-Fi — when I went shopping for my first VCR.

dimensionsinstereo on May 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

Howdy “ChasSmith” loved good ole Dimensions In Stereo! I used to be a Tech at a shop called: Sound Eye. Do you remember that repair shop? The head tech that used to be at Dimensions moved over to our shop. We did a lot of service for Dimensions. I was introduced to B&O at Dimensions! I remember the B&O 2400 Receiver! First time seen remote control on a piece of stereo equiptment. If ya ever wanna talk bout the good ole days of Torrance, especially Dimensions, etc?! Drop me a line…

rivest266 on December 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Chill Wills also opened the NGC North Hills Cinerama in Calgary, Alberta on December 21st, 1967. The 1976 grand opening for this cinema can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

mike223 on June 17, 2016 at 1:40 am

@dimensionsinstereo: You must have known MarkB, LaurenB , Don and Ike. I worked there for several years in the late 70’s.

plasticvengeance on February 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm

My favorite mall and favorite multiplex of childhood. Saw so much here: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek the Wrath of Khan, Goonies, Return of the Jedi, etc. etc. I also remember the HUGE marquee out in the parking lot advertising midnight movies like A Clockwork Orange. The mall was a staple of childhood, too, esp. the carousel, the food court (Mama Pisano’s Pizza!) with that gazebo, the Artists' Alley, the lemonade stand near the carousel, and of course Federated Group.

rivest266 on November 23, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Expanded to 6 screens on May 26th, 1978. Grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on December 30, 2019 at 3:23 pm

It became the Mann Torrance Promenade 6 on January 17th, 1991 and its final day of performances was May 14th, 1994.

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