El Cajon Cinema 8
389 N. Magnolia Avenue,
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Previous Names: Krikorian Premiere 8 Theatres, Regal Cinemas
The Krikorian Premiere 8 Theatres opened in June 1990 with a midnight t-shirt showing of “Dick Tracy” starring Warren Beatty. Patrons were admitted wearing theatre-stamped Dick Tracy t-shirts sold literally off of a nearby street well before the complex had finished construction. While the movie “Dick Tracy” underperformed, the El Cajon 8 itself went on to quickly become one of the first Krikorian chain’s busiest locations - later even breaking company attendance and snack bar records on Thanksgiving Day Weekend 1991.
The decor was black, teal and copper, with copper mirrored lobby ceiling, and most notably, a gorgeous set of gleaming copper stanchion poles (as opposed to the usual brass). The main theatre was a THX certified house, but not 70mm equipped.
The Krikorian chain was sold to Regal Cinemas and they operated the El Cajon 8 for many years. It was closed in the late-1990’s and today is used by a church.
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