Century 16 Stadium

2875 Elba Street,
Ventura, CA 93003

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Previously operated by: Century Theatres

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Century 8 Stadium

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Century 16 Stadium

Opened on October 3, 1986 as an 8 screen stadium theatre. It was later expanded into 16 screens. The original auditoriums are round with curved screens on the front wall and the seating is semi-circular. The screens have moveable masking enabling movies in ‘scope format to be shown, a definite plus. The 8 new theatres that were added are not round, which would have fit look of the original 8. Instead, they added a big building to the side, and put in very small shoe-box sized theatres with small screens that are not able to show 'scope films. The sound in all 16 theatres is digital, although I have never seen a designation as to what kind in any of the new small box theatres. In the original 8 domes, I do know that there is DTS sound and I would presume they have standard Dolby Digital.

It was closed in October 2012.

Contributed by Robert Walker

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 20, 2007 at 12:41 pm

All 16-theatres can show scope films. The newer theatres likely just have top masking so that the width of the screen stays the same. Just because the width stays the same doesn’t mean they can’t show scope films.

rivest266 on November 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

This opened on October 3rd, 1986
The grand opening is in this newspaper section (you may have to pan a couple of pages to get to the full-page ad.)
View link

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Cinemark plans on closing this theatre on 10/25/2012 the day prior to opening its new Century Riverpark 16 in nearby Oxnard.


walkerre0160 on October 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

The new Century Riverpark 16 will be a Century ‘NextGen’ theater with an ‘XD’ (Extreme Digital) auditorium. NextGen: Every auditorium in the theatre complex offers wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screens, Barco DLP projectors, RealD 3D versatility and 7.1 JBL sound systems. XD: The Cinemark XD auditorium will feature an oversized (38ft x 70ft), wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screen, brand new plush seating, custom JBL sound system, and a Doremi server and Barco digital projector. The Cinemark website with details of the new theater: http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=78238&showtime_date=

sunflower62 on February 27, 2014 at 3:06 am

It appears this theater is now closed, as Mr. Neff mentioned earlier. Does anyone know if it has been demolished or is being used for another purpose now?

Kevin Tredway
Kevin Tredway on September 12, 2016 at 1:49 am

This building is now being used as a church.

rivest266 on December 1, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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