Cinema of North Hills

10351 Balboa Boulevard,
Granada Hills, CA 91344

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Previously operated by: United General Theatres

Previous Names: Bryant Theatre

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The Bryant Theatre was a 160-seat independent named after its owner, Alan Bryant. It opened on November 15, 1972 with Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind”. It managed to survive for nearly seven years in the 1970’s San Fernando Valley among a few dozen others.

As advertised in the Van Nuys News as the “Valley’s newest, prettiest, nicest, most comfortable, most convenient, community motion picture theatre”, it opened November 14, 1972, with “Gone With The Wind”. This was just two weeks before the Movies of Tarzana opened, a little over eight miles away.

It was closed in January 1974 and reopened in May 1974, renamed Cinema of North Hills and was listed regularly in the Los Angeles Times Independent Theatre Guide into August 1979.

The location was originally described as being at the Northwest corner of Balboa Boulevard and Devonshire Street, between Akron and McDonalds, which are long gone.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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dallasmovietheaters on April 30, 2020 at 3:14 pm

This mini-theatre was built in the 1970s for Alan Bryant as a franchisee of United General automated theatres circuit in the 1958/9-built North Hills Shopping Center. It opened November 15, 1972 with “Gone With the Wind.” Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Ford and Agnes Moorehead were the primary actors who lent their names to the fledgling franchised theater gambit in the early 1970s. It was the second of 20 United General locations planned to open in the Valley. But things went south quickly for the theater circuit on is way to bankruptcy. The Bryant Theatre and another United General franchisee launched the Northridge Peppertree 3 location in 1973. But neither United General’s moniker nor logo made either of these or the Camarillo locations. This was likely because United General was sinking rapidly and never hit its projections on openings.

The little cinema closed in January of 1974. It re-emerged as the Cinema of North Hills in May of 1974 and under the same operation of the United General-franchised Peppertree 3 Cinemas. Both locations outlasted their original and defunct cinema circuit. This theatre closed on September 6, 1979 with “Hooper” and “Sunburn.”

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