SunValley Cinema I & II
185 SunValley Mall,
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Previous Names: SunValley Cinema
SunValley Cinema was located at the north end of the SunValley Mall in Concord, CA. It opened as a single screen cinema on August 9, 1967 with Lee Marvin in “The Dirty Dozen”. It had a small ticket booth in the main mall walkway across from the entrance to the theatre. The booth had a distinctive top, dome shaped of alternating blue, white and red sheet metal panels.
The entrance to the theatre was a long, wide, mottled red, carpeted stairway. The wall on the left was wood panelling with movie poster display cases. At the top of the stairs were multiple double glass doors for entrance and exit. Inside was a counter stretching toward the left with the ticket cashier station at the right end across from the entrance.
The lobby had red carpet and red couches along the wood panelled wall to the left. The decor was a bright mix of blue vinyl wallpaper and white linoleum counters. The theatres were large, but sparsely decorated with fabric on the walls to deaden sound between the theatres and red fabric seats.
This theatre was not an architectural marvel. It was a humble shopping mall theatre where parents dropped their kids off to see a movie while they shopped. It also had a brief career showing midnight moves and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in addition to its standard daily fare of first run Hollywood films. It was twinned on October 22, 1976. On the expiration of its lease it closed in March 1989, the theatre was demolished it to make room for more profitable tenants. I believe the space is currently occupied by a Sport Mart.
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