Pico Rivera Village Walk 15
8540 Whittier Boulevard,
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Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas (USA) (Official)
Operated by: Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas (USA)
Previously operated by: Krikorian Premiere Theatres
Firms: Perkowitz + Ruth
Functions: Movies (First Run)
After eight of years of planning and nine months of construction The Krikorian Village Walk 15 opened on October 26, 2007. The biggest obstacle surfaced in 2002 when construction was halted after lead contamination from a former metals recycling plant was found on the property. All of the problems contributed to a two-year delay in construction.
Krikorian had purchased the property around 2000 for about $4 million from the city who spent $12 million to acquire it. The city also paid to clean up soil contamination and relocate businesses and residents of a mobile home park on the property.
The Whittier Daily News said that it was the first theater in the city since the 2000 closing of the nearby Fiesta 4 Drive-In.
George Krikorian owns the whole center, which includes 11 stores. The total cost of the center, designed by Perkowitz+Ruth, was $24 million. The theatre was taken over by Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas on February 11,2015.
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One interesting thing about this theater, although it is listed by Krikorian as a 15 plex, it actually is only a 14 plex. A large format screen that was supposed to be auditorium 1 was never built. If you look at the overhead view you can see the empty lot that was supposed to be the missing auditorium. Theaters are numbered 2-15. Inside you can see the wall where the theater entrance was supposed to be.
Krikorian sold the theatre to Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, effective 2/11/15.
Cinépolis has two types of theaters. A “luxury” line, which offers alcohol, leather seating, and attendants, and a standard line, with amenities similar in style to the average AMC theater. The luxury cinemas are generally found in affluent areas like Westlake Village, Laguna Nigel, etc… while the standard cinemas are found in less affluent neighborhoods, like this one in Pico Rivera.
No offense intended by any means, especially as Pico Rivera was my hometown.
On March 16th, 2017, the CBS Morning Show aired a story about this theater adding a playground to one of its auditoriums:
“Movie Theater Playgrounds Latest Tactic to Lure Families to Big Screen”
This theater has something odd. The outside box office windows are covered over and you have to purchase tickets inside. Also the ticketing kiosks have metal over their screens and are also out of service.