UA Tanforan 4 Cinemas

400 Tanforan Park,
San Bruno, CA 94066

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jwmovies on March 20, 2022 at 12:46 pm

Like Cinedome Fremont, Meridian Quad, Alexandria SF and Festival in Walnut Creek, this was one of the best AND worst theaters I’ve been to ever! Wonderful times!😍😍😍

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Scott Neff on July 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

The entrance to the Edward’s Westminster Mall Cinemas in Westminster, CA looked similar to the box office/entrance area of Tanforan. Both built by UA, but the only two I’ve seen that looked so similar.

You can see a little of the big green number 4 in this picture:

rivest266 on July 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

This opened on December 20th, 1974. Grand opening ad in photo section. It was promoted as “4 theatres of the future”

pbignardi on July 6, 2013 at 8:51 am

I am 99% sure this theatre opened in 1975. I recall shopping at Tanforan during Christmas 1974 and looking down from the mezzanine above at the partially completed theater and thinking it looked abandoned. Several years later when it was closed – it looked more beat up, but also looked abandoned, and then it was removed. I saw a lot of movies in this place before it closed.

1966gt350h on July 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I saw the movie Coma there in 1978 and the movie Survive there in 1976, the mall opened in 1971 and Im almost positive that the theater opened at the same time.

ColinM on May 29, 2012 at 12:02 am

The UA Tanforan 4 Cinemas opened at the Tanforan Park Mall in San Bruno, California circa 1970. During the 70s and early 80s, the theatre was often United Artists' highest grossing venue in Northern California. The cinemas consisted of 4 auditoriums on the lower level of the mall, accessed by escalators behind the box office on the main level of the mall adjacent to the west parking lot entrance. The lobby of the theatre was open to the upper level and mall skylight. The largest of the 4 auditoriums (#3) featured approximately 600 seats and was utilized for the larger blockbuster releases. Above the door of each auditorium was a reader board with the film title and a large, colored, plastic numeral denoting the auditorium number. The booth had Christie projectors and utilized a platter system. For its time, it was a spacious, modern and comfortable cinema with decent sound and projection, though only auditorium #3 featured stereo sound. The space formerly occupied by the cinemas is today the lower level of the Barnes and Noble book store.

Fastphilly on February 3, 2012 at 1:15 am

This theater was opened well before 1988. I seen Return Of The Jedi there in late 1983/early 1984.

CSWalczak on January 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

It did not always book first run; in its last years, it was known as the Tanforan Discount Cinemas, and I think it became an independent.