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jmarellano commented about AMC Alondra 6 Theatres on Jan 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm

The Alondra 6 actully had more than 1200 seats. Each theatre were narrow, with a center row, reminiscent of early AMC’s. The theatre actually stayed open as a successful dollar house for many years. It succumbed to the new theatres at Norwalk and Cerritos. It finally closed around 1998. It was ran as a unit of Norwalk 20 in its final days. The site was torn down.

Two interesting notes:
– sound was Mono all the way until the theatre closed. AMC never upgraded it.
– it had a crusty toilet in the booth for the projectionist that looked like had never been cleaned.

jmarellano commented about Meet the people who run Cinema Treasures! on Oct 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm

I may try and go if I am free that night.

jmarellano commented about AMC Santa Monica 7 on Jul 21, 2007 at 12:55 pm

The AMC Santa Monica 7 is three levels. 2 large theatres in the basement, two large on the ground floor and three small in the upstairs.

jmarellano commented about National Theatre on May 7, 2007 at 1:26 pm

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Mann National may not be dead
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The sign pictured at right showed up this weekend in the ticket window of the shuttered Mann National in Westwood Village, calling into question reports of the big-screen movie house’s reported “date with the wrecking ball.”

As previously mentioned on LAO, the Mann National is one of a dwindling number of big-screen theaters still standing in LA. It’s a place where “The Exorcist opened to huge lines and ran what seemed like forever, and same for The Godfather.”

Perhaps this means it has achieved a stay of execution, as some had hoped would happen.

For now, all I know is that the sign says “Theatre opening Friday May 11th.”

*UPDATED: Mann Theatres no longer leases the theater building and referred questions about its operation to Tom Daugherty, who said during a brief telephone interview that he and a partner now hold the lease. Daugherty said the ticket window sign is correct, that the theatre will reopen this Friday (May 11) with The Ex, starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet.

Daugherty said movie goers can expect the theatre to continue to show first-run features, just as it did under Mann.

jmarellano commented about AMC Orange Mall 6 on Mar 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm

If my memory serves me correctly, this theatre and the old Broadway department store were torn down for the construction of the Wal-Mart now at the mall.

jmarellano commented about Universal Cinema AMC at Citywalk Hollywood 19 on Feb 21, 2007 at 6:01 am

This theatre is in the process of getting remodeled. Gone is the marquee, the west box office is closed, and stadium seating is going in. I dont know what is going to happen to the two auditoriums with balconies.

jmarellano commented about The Wonderful Art of Seat Saving on Dec 2, 2006 at 1:12 pm

Our AMC had a policy that a seat could be saved up until the trailers started, then the seat needed to be given up.

jmarellano commented about Santa Clarita theater shortage on Oct 24, 2006 at 3:00 pm

This area could support a larger theatre by the civic center. This area does get a lot of crowd from Magic mountain, and the northern San Fernando Valley, which near San Fernando doesnt have a single theatre. One 20 screen complex could compete with the others perfectly in this area.

jmarellano commented about Fairfax Cinemas on Oct 5, 2006 at 3:39 pm

It looks like it is going to be a mix of art and second run.

jmarellano commented about Patrick Henry 7 on Sep 26, 2006 at 1:00 pm

This theatre used to be part of the AMC Chain.

jmarellano commented about Victorville Theater to open in fall on Sep 13, 2006 at 5:47 pm

The original theatre opened up in the 80’s by AMC, a typical 10 plex they built during that time (same as Bubank, Chino, Plaza). They got rid of it around the late 90s when they pulled out of the market and Cinemark picked it up.

jmarellano commented about Eagle Rock Plaza 4 on Sep 9, 2006 at 12:50 pm

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Looking at the website for the mall, the area where the theatres were are now used as storage for Target. Check out the above link and you can see the four theatres and emergency exits. The lobby was turned into a shop and hallway for access to this area.

jmarellano commented about AMC Century 14 on Sep 2, 2006 at 12:58 pm

This theatre has been demolished. Or at least, is in the process of being cut up for new mall stores.

jmarellano commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Jul 25, 2006 at 1:50 pm

Mark, are you talking about:

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jmarellano commented about AMC lowers prices on Manhattan pre-noon showings on Jul 17, 2006 at 7:22 pm

All AMC Theatres in the US are doing this.

Los Angeles most theatres except the prime locations (Century, Burbank, Universal, Santa Monica, etc) are $5, prime locations are $6 and Montebello is the sole $4 matinee theatre in Los Angeles.

jmarellano commented about Showcase Cinema I & II on Jul 1, 2006 at 9:33 am

Bob, I would like to see the pictures of old stonewood.

jmarellano commented about Picture Show at Main Place Mall on May 20, 2006 at 5:24 am

Im sure someone will snag up MainPlace again. It has competition, but book kids films and it still does good business being in the mall. It makes me sad to see this theatre close.

jmarellano commented about Phoenix Theatres Union Station 9 on May 9, 2006 at 4:59 pm

Apparently this theatre has been sold to Phoenix Theatres:

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jmarellano commented about Brea Plaza 5 on Apr 26, 2006 at 4:38 pm

This theatre outlived the UA theatres in the Brea Mall, and across from the Brea mall. I went to see a movie there before it closed and didnt make it in time, but the theatre was dirty, ugly, and empty.

If it wasnt for the fact that it was in a bad location, barely visible from the 57 freeway, it would have made a great art house for Regal.

jmarellano commented about Har-Mar 11 Cinemas on Apr 16, 2006 at 9:46 am

I meant Rosedale Center.

jmarellano commented about Har-Mar 11 Cinemas on Apr 16, 2006 at 9:44 am

AMC looks to be building a new theatre at Roseville Center, thus closing the Har Mar 11.

jmarellano commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Apr 13, 2006 at 3:17 pm

The Metro station that was originally planned there was moved to the corner of Atlantic and 3rd St.

jmarellano commented about AMC La Mirada 7 on Apr 8, 2006 at 9:47 am

This was one of several similarly built theatres by Krikorian. They also had the same design at their:

Diamond Bar 8
El Cajon 8
Del Rosa (San Bernadino) 8
Whitwood 10

All these theatres were sold to Regal, and all have since been closed by Regal. Only this one is still showing movies.

jmarellano commented about Rolling Hills Theatre on Apr 6, 2006 at 7:38 pm

Go to the local live website and you can view the building from all 4 angles. looking south you can really tell the roofline.

jmarellano commented about United Artists Torrance Theatre on Apr 6, 2006 at 3:01 pm

Is this the UA Torrnace?

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