Northridge Center Cinemas

9301 Tampa Avenue,
Northridge, CA 91324

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rivest266 on November 30, 2019 at 11:19 am

Reopened with 4 screens including two 70MM theatres on May 23rd, 1984 with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

rivest266 on November 10, 2019 at 10:22 am

Grand opening ad posted.

culcune on February 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

I remember seeing Porky’s here way back in the early 80’s. I was about 11, and a small group of us were dropped off to see a movie for one of our friend’s birthdays. The guy who worked the concession stand let us sneak in to Porky’s, LOL. I remember when the movie ‘Meatballs’ was out, someone stole the ’M' off the marquee, so going down Tampa, it said ‘eatballs’. Saw more movies at the theater on Parthenia/Tampa or the Peppertree than here, so not much to remember about the theater other than Porky’s.

Sheila_S1 on September 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

This site is a kick. I was one of the original employees there at Fashion Center Cinema. Jules Pincus was the manager, Sam Buchanan assistant. Was such a fun place to work. Was there 3 yrs. Lots of good memories.

smaggy on August 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I worked there in 1981 for Mr. Carr who was the manager there. I really liked working there. At the time, I think Stripes, Zorro the Gay Blade, and Blow Out were playing at the time. He hired me when I was there one morning playing Asteroids. We got to talking and he asked me if I’d like a job. He gave me a can of freeze and a scraper and asked me to scrape the gum off the floor.

When Stripes was coming out, he asked everyone working there to go to an Army Surplus and get uniforms which he reimbursed us for, so we could wear them on opening night. That was a lot of fun.

That was my last summer before my parents moved and I ended up on the other side of the country. I didn’t get back until around 1997. The valley had changed so much after the 94 quake.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

What stupid design for a Mall cinema.I worked at two, both GCC and it was easy access to the parking be it 2 pm or 2am.

bansheee on February 28, 2011 at 12:55 am

I knew this theater as a Pacific Theaters theater when I first came across it in the late 1990’s. Shortly before the theater was completely destroyed, the marque that I knew and had seen every time I went there was removed. And what appeared to be there was the “original” marque behind that one.

The theater was called, “Sun Cinema.” Here’s another time I wish I had a camera handy. It was a very nice looking marque too. I was there to see “Reign of Fire” one time, and after the movie was done running there, the manager let me have the bus-stop-size poster of that movie hanging inside the theater.

William on September 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

The GCC Northridge Cinemas 1,2,3 opened on Dec. 12, 1972. The opening films were “The Getaway” on screens 1 & 3 and “Snowball Express on screen 2.

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Here is a February 1977 ad from the LA Times:

nightfly on August 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

The Mexican place was “Don Ricardo’s.” Nice frozen margaritas and good food at most times, but I went there once for breakfast (I worked at the American Handicrafts store next door while going to grad school), and was served a cup of coffee with a dead “cucaracha” floating on top. I don’t think I went back after that.

The theatres…I saw a number of films there, but have virtually no memory of the place rather than it being a standard small mall multiplex. The one thing I do remember was that the marquee was located on the front of the parking garage at the opposite end of the mall, which probably confused a lot of moviegoers.

Logan5 on June 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

Address was/is 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on December 13, 2008 at 3:55 am

This is probably one of more obscure and forgotten mall theaters but it was a regular hang out for me as a kid in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I think mainly because they had a DEFENDER (video game) machine in their tiny lobby and it was right across from the Malibu Grand Prix arcade which was a 2nd home for me around 1980-82. Though i remember seeing a lot of films here at the time as well, hopping from screen to screen, things like “Heavy Metal”, “Megaforce” and “Tron”. The one i think i saw the most here was WIZARDS (Bakshi) i guess i was just old enough to be dropped off by myself (around 10) at the mall and this film was a childhood obsession, must have seen it 50 times. I remember walking past that Mexican restaurant (Don something or other) and a jewelry shop right on the corner every day for years. Haven’t been back there since the 80’s and really don’t care to see how it’s changed, i’m sure it looks like every other modern homogenized place.

Knatcal on January 11, 2007 at 9:48 am

This theater was part of the GCC chain. The Northridge Fashion Center â€" I worked at Sears in the Northridge Fashion Center from 1986 to 1987 – has undergone many renovations including the one after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. When the mall reopened the theater was gone (a large multiplex is now attached to the mall). A software store and an Old Navy occupy the space. I remember seeing “Octopussy” here on opening day after the last day of 9th grade. The only time I had to wait in a long line at this theater.