Edwards Cinema Center
2701 Harbor Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas
Edwards Cinema Center opened on August 25, 1972 in the Mesa Verde shopping center, across the street from the original Edwards Cinema. The Cinema Center, like the other Edwards Cinemas, always showed double features, sometime both A pictures. One reason for their success was their large parking lot, the indoor ice rink and the many restaurants, such as Hamburger Hamlet, at the center– you could park once and make a night of it.
This was Edwards 7th Orange county location and their first four-screen operation. The area was well-served with cinemas, for a little over a mile south down Harbor Boulevard was Edwards Harbor Twin, which opened in 1970. James Edwards was protecting his turf well.
In 1974 Edwards built an identical theater, the Bristol 4 Cinema about three miles away in Santa Ana, which was demolished in 2001. The last night of movies at the Cinema Center was March 8, 2001 and the building was demolished around 2005. Another casualty in the center was the old-school bowling alley, Kona Lanes, which was built in 1958. Kona Lanes closed in late May of 2003, despite protests and was later demolished.
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