Edwards Town Center 4
3209 Park Center Drive,
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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas
Firms: Pearson & Wuesthoff
Construction of Edwards Town Center 4 was announced in the Los Angeles Times on July 12, 1981, complete with an architectural rendering of the façade. The front of the theatre had a unique sloped glass roof, which enabled the lights from the lobby to be seen from the San Diego freeway. The 25,000 square foot building was to cost $7.29 million with Edwards signing a $4.44 million, 30-year lease. The land was and still is owned by the Segerstrom Company, owners and developers of South Coast Plaza and all of the property in the area.
This was Edwards 19th Orange County location with their LA Times ad also showing four LA County locations in Alhambra, Monterey Park and Temple City under the Edwards banner.
Two of the screens were opened on December 25, 1981, and two more were open by the New Year.
For many years, along with two other Edwards South Coast Plaza theatres, it was a popular first-run destination. In 1998, when Edwards opened the Metro Point 12 stadium in the area, it began to play only art films along with their acquired South Coast Village 3 theatre.
It closed on June 14, 2001, 10 years before their lease was up, mainly because of Edwards bankruptcy. In fact, one of the reasons mentioned for the bankruptcy was that Edwards had too many outstanding leases on non-productive theatres. If the terms of the original 1981 lease had not changed, this would mean that Edwards was paying $12,333 a month for its lease. It was demolished in 2007 and the location is now a parking lot, with no indication that a theatre ever existed there.
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