Edwards Harbor Twin

2300 Harbor Boulevard,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas

Architects: L. Perry Pearson, Paul Wuesthoff

Firms: Pearson & Wuesthoff

Previous Names: Harbor II

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Edwards Harbor Twin

The Harbor Twin was called the Harbor II when it opened on December 25, 1970 showing Disney’s “The Aristocats” and “Catch 22” on its screens. It opened on the same day as Edwards Cinema Viejo in Mission Viejo making them Edwards fifth and sixth Orange County locations and two years after the debut of their flagship theatre in Newport Beach.

The opening day ad said, “Each theatre is brand new. Each has luxury seats and wide space lounger loges, surround drapes and highly sophisticated projection equipment. Each theatre offers the ultimate in patron comfort and convenience. Each theatre has a giant scope screen and stereo sound, deep pile carpets and exciting contemporary decor. Each theatre was designed by a world famous architect and each theatre was decorated by the nation’s most outstanding theatre interior decorator”. The architect and designer were not named.

The theatre had two box offices, one at the front and one at the other end of the lobby, which ran to the back of the building where there was another parking lot. The second box office was apparently never used.

When it closed on October 11, 1998 it was a discount house charging $3.00, but hardly missed for Edwards at the time had 40 other county locations, which included five older discount houses awaiting their fate.

A new shopping center was later built on the site.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The Edwards Harbor Twin Cinemas was designed by the firm of Pearson & Wuesthoff according to the report in Boxoffice Magazine, August 24, 1970.

Richie_T on March 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Remember seeing some good films here in the 80s and early 90s: Pete’s Dragon, Rocky III, Grease 2, Risky Business, Iron Eagle, Octopussy, A Christmas Story, Wild at Heart, Batman. The last movie I saw at this theater was Pulp Fiction. The place was SO run down at this point, very creepy. I don’t think they ever ran 70mm presentations of anything back in the day but the place was ok for its time and of course it was right next door to Chuckie Cheeses.

kath94 on September 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

@Chuck1231 — Get it right, Moviegoers! It was CONVENIENTLY located at 2300 Harbor Blvd at the corner of Harbor & Wilson, just two miles south of the San Diego freeway in the beautiful city of Costa Mesa. D'ya think I had the occasion or two to do the recording?

moviebluedog on November 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Do you know if the Harbor Twin was actually equipped with 70mm projection?

LuckyBastard76 on January 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

Some of the films I saw here. Time Bandits, Sixteen Candles, The Last Starfighter, The Karate Kid, Poltergiest, Shocker, Batman, House of Wax in 3D, Comin' At Ya 3D, Treasure of The Four Crowns, Jaws3D, Universal Soldier, Hard Target

rivest266 on November 6, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

samwisefan on August 23, 2021 at 11:35 pm

My one big memory of this theatre is when I took two friends there for my 14th birthday. The 80’s 3-D craze was in full swing and they were playing a 3-D double feature of Alfred Hitchcock’s DIAL M FOR MURDER and Andy Warhol’s FRANKENSTEIN. I noticed in the newspaper that FRANKENSTEIN was rated X. My mom and I thought it must’ve been a misprint and she bought the tickets for us and arranged when to pick us up. We saw the Hitchcock film first. But little did we know what we had in store for us afterwards… X-rated, indeed! I never told my mom. And I don’t think my friends told their parents either.

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