Fox Cinemaland Theatre

1414 Harbor Boulevard,
Anaheim, CA 92802

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Flix70 on October 11, 2021 at 8:59 am

Came across a 1971 ad for “The French Connection” listing Cinemaland as a featured theater (added to photo section).

I’m an O.C. native and can’t say I remember this theater across from Disneyland in the ‘70s.

Looked like a grand single-screen palace back in the day, before the split, similar to Edwards Cinema in Costa Mesa & Big Newport in Newport Beach.

Even with the split, kind of odd it only lasted a decade, especially with its prime location across from the region’s biggest tourist attraction.

rivest266 on November 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

The Cinemaland theatre opened with “Far from the Madding Crowd” on April 10th, 1968 and closed on June 5th, 1979. It was split up into three screens on December 25th, 1974. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney on June 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

The location of this theater is (was) at the corner of Harbor Blvd and W. Manchester Ave (which, past the theater’s location, curves into a parallel road – and becomes Sl Manchester Ave. – along the 5 Freeway). As noted earlier, it is not directly across Harbor Blvd from the Disneyland entrance; rather it is directly opposite the Tomorrowland Train Station in Disneyland (next to the Innoventions Building and the Autopia). On the site today stands a Mimi’s Cafe (although the theater’s actual footprint is part of the current restaurant’s parking lot – the restaurant’s address is 1400 S. Harbor Blvd, interestingly). It is directly across from the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground.

Side note: I also saw “Herbie Rides Again” here in the summer of 1974, and I distinctly remember the full-size Herbie-styled VW Bug replica outside the entrance doors near the ticket booth! I also saw the 1976 “King Kong” here with my dad, and in the summer of 1977 I remember going here for a few weekends for a kids' movie festival, seeing such films as “The World of Abbott & Costello” (1965), “The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County” (1970), “Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion” (1965), “Eight on the Lam” (1967), “McHale’s Navy Joins The Air Force” (1965), and others.

alexaadap on August 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Great memories. As a kid I used to go there and watch Kung fu films.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

nothing like the 70’s theatre Business!Great stuff.

TLSLOEWS on March 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Thanks for the link Micheal,love the ad for Cashiers,Candy Girls and Doorman.

Coate on March 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

Some photos (vintage and contemporary) and newspaper ads of this theater can be found here.

William on March 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

Spud Girl, the theatre is on the other side of the park. The Disneyland Hotel is in the forground of the picture.

ohmyrtle on March 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I think this theater is in this photograph – View link

I visited this theater once a long time ago, and the location in the photo seems right.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2009 at 11:32 pm

The Fox Cinemaland was designed by L. Perry Pearson and Paul Wuesthoff of Pearson & Wuesthoff, a Los Angeles firm soon to become Pearson, Wuesthoff, & Skinner. The April 15, 1968, issue of Boxoffice confirmed that the house had formally opened on April 10.

The architectural firm that designed the Cinemaland apparently designed most of NGC’s projects in the west and southwest from the mid-1960s into the 1970s. I’ve tracked down the names of almost ten of these projects so far, and expect to find more.

CTCrouch on January 25, 2009 at 2:45 am

According to the 4/15/68 Boxoffice Magazine, Cinemaland’s first manager was Harold Brislin, an individual who had formerly managed the Fox West Coast, in Santa Ana, and had been with the company for 33 years (at the time of Cinemaland’s opening).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2005 at 4:50 am

The grand opening of the Fox Cinemaland was scheduled for April 10th, 1968, according to an article The Los Angeles Times of April 7th that year.

moviebluedog on January 24, 2005 at 10:16 pm

The Fox Cinemaland opened during a minor new theatre building spree during the late 1960s in Orange County.

Edwards opened their Newport Cinema (aka Big Newport) theatre in 1969. Syufy (Century) opened their twin Cinedome down the I-5 Freeway from Cinemaland, also in 1969. In Costa Mesa, the South Coast Plaza Theatre opened in 1968 or 1969. In or around 1972, ABC opened the City Center in Orange. All were luxury theatres of their day and had 70mm capability.

Newport is still open. The Cinedome and City Center have been demolished, and South Coast Plaza still remains vacant.

William on January 24, 2005 at 6:13 pm

When National General Theatres opened the Fox Cinemaland Theatre in the middle of 1968, it seated 1180 people. The entire project cost was $750,000.

moviebluedog on January 19, 2005 at 9:57 pm

This theatre was demolished in early 1998 and turned into a bus stop. Technically, though, it wasn’t located directly across from the old Disneyland main entrance, but about a block or two down the street.

I remember going there in the summer of 1974 when “Herbie Rides Again” played. There was a Herbie replica sitting on the red carpet out in front of the theatre. I don’t remember much about the interior, but the outside and lobby were brightly lit. My parents would also drive by the theatre at night on the 5-Freeway. I’d always check out what was playing there on the marquee close to the freeway.

I took a tour of the theatre as it was being demolished. Mann did a terrible job in tri-plexing this place. Where the original screen was, the contractors built a skinny theater at the back wall. The rest of the old single auditorium was subdivided into two auditoriums.

I’m not sure the exact number of seats in the single screen version of this place, but my friend said about 900. His father worked there.

Sadly, this place sat for over a decade empty and vagrants camped out inside.

William on April 12, 2004 at 12:56 pm

The Fox Cinemaland Theatre when it was a large single screen theatre was equipped with a full Norelco 70/35mm projection package and 6-Track Stereo Sound system. The last chain to operate the theatre before it went independent was Mann Theatres.