Channel Islands Cinema
111 W. Gonzales Road,
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Previously operated by: Loews, Pacific Theatres, SRO Theaters
Firms: Tucker, Sadler & Bennett
Previous Names: Carriage Square Theatre
The Carriage Square Theatre was opened by Statewide Theatres Circuit Inc as a 900-seat single-screen cinema on February 18, 1966. Opening program was a Walt Disney double bill:Dean Jones in “The Ugly Dachshound” and the animation “Winnie, the Pooh and the Honey Tree”. It was twinned in 1974. Three extra screens were added, opening on January 13, 1984 as the Channel Islands Cinema.
Per Los Angeles Times, 6/25/2004: “Five-screen theatre closing today after 39 years, leaving Oxnard without any movie theatres until early-2005 when a 14-screen, 4,000-seat complex is completed in downtown Oxnard”.
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The CINEMA CARRIAGE SQUARE opened as a single screen on Feb. 18, 1966. Over the years, the theatre went through a series of owners, including Statewide, Loew, SRO and Pacific.
In 1969 it part of the Loew’s Chain.
I began working at the Cinema Carriage Square in the summer of 1973. At that time it had a single screen seating capacity of about 1200. The loge seats occupied the last dozen or so rows of the auditorium, were padded and slightly larger than the standard seats, and they gently rocked. They also added 50 cents to the regular admission price of $2.50. Users armed with flashlights would escort guests to their seats. During the winter of ‘73, the theater closed for remodeling and reopened in early '74 as a “Twin Cinema”. Not really twins, one theater had 750 seats and the other 300. The final film shown on the original single screen, was fittingly, “The Way We Were” with Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.
Very nice looking theatre,until the other screens were added.
Completely demolished as of March 20, 2011.
This opened on February 18th, 1966 with one cinema. 2 screens in 1974 and five on January 13th, 1984.
In the late 1960s, my grandparents lived in a retirement community in Port Hueneme, and I remember coming here as a young kid with my grandmother while staying with them one weekend. We saw a double-feature of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Yours Mine and Ours” (Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda). That building struck me as very modern and ritzy, especially since the rest of the surrounding area was either agricultural or harbor-y at the time. Sadly, I drove past it a couple of years ago, long closed and somewhat vandalized, waiting to be torn down for the new shopping center to be built.
Grand opening ads posted.
The “Winnie The Pooh” Film That They Showed During Its Opening Day Is Called “Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree”.
I saw The Eyes Of Laura Mars at this theater, in 1978. That movie was awful! I was 7, maybe 8 years old; traumatized me! I couldn’t stand to look at Faye Dunaway or Tommy Lee Jones for decades…