La Verne Stadium 12
1950 E. Foothill Boulevard,
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Regal Entertainment Group (Official)
Operated by: Regal Entertainment Group
Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas
Functions: Movies (First Run)
According to the Los Angeles Times, this project had a hard time getting started because of a 1991 suit that targeted the city and Edwards Theatres. A pharmacist, whose store was across the street from the theater said it would be too large and the environmental impact report was inadequate. According to a San Gabriel Valleys newspaper, James Edwards Sr. had bought the 17-acre citrus grove in the 1950’s with the idea of building a home on it and had been planning the theater for five years with city support.
The pharmacist won $28,000 from Edwards theatres, who was ordered to pay his legal fees and draw up a new EIR, which turned out to be no different from the first report so the theaters was approved by the city.
Construction started at the end of February 1992 after Edwards spent $300,000 in legal fees. The $15 million theater opened on November 24, 1992 with 2,950 seats. The senior Edwards attended one of the free Monday showings and was presented with a birthday cake to celebrate his 86th birthday. It has been part of Regal Cinemas since 2001.
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January 1st, 1993 ad in photo section
Correction: (older comment removed) It opened as the “Most Spectacular theatre in the World” on November 24th, 1992. Grand opening ad posted.
I was the opening General Manager of the Edwards LA Verne in November 1992. Mr Edwards called it and I quote “the most beautiful theater in the world”
I also wanted to Mention that pharmacist that gave Mr Edwards the hard time getting the theater opened ended up later going to prison for false billing for prescriptions. Lol