3001 W. Chapman Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Century Theatres, Syufy Enterprises
Architects: Vincent G. Raney
Previous Names: Orange Cinedome
News About This Theater
- Mar 31, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
- Aug 15, 2009 — "Apocalypse Now" 30th Anniversary
- Apr 27, 2009 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 28: Orange County)
- Oct 10, 2008 — Remembering Cinerama (Part VI)
- Jul 9, 2007 — TRON...Happy 25th!
One of Orange County’s premiere theatres, particularly for 70mm presentations, during the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s. It was originally owned and operated by Syufy Enterprises, which later changed its name to Century Theaters, Inc. It opened with 2-screens in June 1969 and expanded with two more screens in November 1974. Two more screens were added on June 29, 1977. On November 11, 1986 another two screens were added. Three more screens were added on February 19, 1992.
I recall seeing “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Hot Stuff”, “The Black Hole”, “TRON”, “Back to the Future”, “Total Recall”, and other films there.
A terrific theatre which closed on January 6, 1999. It never should have been closed or demolished, but it was, in favor of a modern multiplex built not far on the site of the former Stadium Drive-In.
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1977 and 1992 grand opening ads posted.
1 screen June 17th, 1969
2 screens June 18th, 1969
3 screens November 7, 1974
4 screens November 13th, 1974
6 screens June 29th, 1977
8 screens November 11th, 1986
11 screens February 19th, 1992
Please update, theatre closed January 6, 1999. It the later years it was discount theatre. Final display ad posted. It became a discount theatre November 21, 1997 when the Stadium 25 opened by Angels Stadium.
Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1981 classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opened at the Cinedome in 70mm 40 years ago today (June 12, 1981).
Widely considered the greatest action-adventure movie ever made, it became the highest-grossing film of 1981, introduced the world to Indiana Jones & spawned three sequels (with a fourth on the way), not to mention kept all us Star Wars fans busy between The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi.
I saw Raiders at the Cinedome with my dad & it’s one of the best memories I have of spending time with my old man.
Film historian Michael Coate has just published an exhaustive Raiders of the Lost Ark 40th anniversary retrospective at https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy-showmanship/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-40th
Great job as usual, Michael.
Thank you, Flix70!
Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. Cinedome’s year-plus (and venue record) run is mentioned in the piece.
Here’s a clickable link to the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK retrospective article that was mentioned a few comments ago.
I can’t be the only Cinema Treasures member who wishes the Cinema Treasures crew would “strongly encourage” commenters make their links clickable. It’s not difficult: Simply type out within brackets how you wish the link to read and then paste the URL within parenthesis that follow the brackets.
I skip right over comments that include an un-clickable link (and I bet most members do the same). So I imagine links to articles will get read more often if they’re clickable.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for the tips on clickable links, Michael. I’ll try & remember the process.
I’d like to “strongly encourage” Cinema Treasures to make links clickable once you copy them, as most other websites do. Members shouldn’t have to write “code” every time they add a link.
Happy New Year!
A chronology of Orange County’s 70mm presentation history has recently been published. The Cinedome is, of course, mentioned numerous times.