Edwards Corona 15
351 W. Rincon Street,
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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas, Regal Cinemas
Archives of The Riverside Press-Enterprise have stories about the Edwards Corona 15 going back to July 29, 1988 when it opened with 11 screens. Four screens were added on July 5, 1996, and at one time there were plans before the city council to expand it to 21 screens. In 1998 the city had plans to create a shopping and entertainment district around the theater. In 1999 this $30 million plan was deemed to be too pricey and it was shelved.
Over the years The Press-Enterprise published various reports of crime in the area. In May of 1993 the manager and security guard were accosted, bound with duct tape and robbed of $2,000. In December of 1993 cars were vandalized and burglarized in the theater parking lot. In May of 2005 the police chased a man with a knife into the theater because he had tried to hijack some cars at an intersection. The tasers and beanbags bounced off of the man like he was Superman. The theater was evacuated and the man was killed after being shot 15 times by officers. A random police report of some youths caught in the theater parking lot with a “borrowed” car and five cans of spray paint seem somehow mundane compared to the other incidences.
Unfortunately, over time demographics had changed and by 2003 all new residential, shopping and dining choices seemed to be moving outside of town. In 2003 the new 113-acre Corona Crossings, about seven miles away, opened making the old Corona Plaza Shopping Center rather antiquated.
When the Edwards Crossings 18 opened in November of 2004, Regal officials said they were going to “keep a close eye” on the theater on Rincon. After nearly three years of keeping a “close eye,” Regal finally closed it on August 26, 2007. This was probably in anticipation of yet another Edwards Cinema opening in December, about seven miles away, in the community of Eastvale. By May of 2011 the theater had been completely demolished and the site was being graded for new apartments.
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I worked there back in 1988-89 for a security company that had the contract. It was the biggest cinema in Riverside County at the time and attracted people from all over the place to enjoy the movie experience there. My partner Al (“Tito”) were the best and we kept the crime stats way down (nothing compared to what happened later). It was great while it lasted.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Edwards Corona 11 in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
The last time i was there i seen Superman Returns.
I worked there as an Usher from 1998-2000 when it was still owed by the original owner. When Pleasantville came out in 1998 we had an employee contest to see who could dress just like the characters from the film. I won that contest thanks to my Grandfather Edmundo. Good memories from that old theater!
July 29th, 1988 and July 5th, 1996 grand opening ads can be found in the photo section for this cinema.