SaiGon Performing Arts Center

16149 Brookhurst Street,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas, General Cinema Corp., Loews Theatres

Functions: Performing Arts

Previous Names: Edwards Fountain Valley Twin, Star Performing Arts Center

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 714.839.9820

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Outside building

This former Edwards twin cinema was opened December 24, 1971 and closed as a movie theatre in 2000. It has been renovated into a performing arts center.

Contributed by Jason T. Wright

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

EnnisCAdkins on January 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm

This theatre was built and operated by General Cinema Theatres of Boston before they sold it along with Saddleback 3 to Edwards in the late 1970’s. The Fountain Valley Twin was the original GCC design for twins from the 1960’s. The theatre lobby was in the center with one screen going to the right of the lobby and the other to the left. The only other theatre in Southern California with this GCC design was the GCC Twin in Montclair, CA.

CTCrouch on March 6, 2009 at 6:40 am

The Fountain Valley Twin was opened by Loew’s on 12/24/71. The opening features were “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight” and “T.R. Baskin”. General Cinemas took the theatre over in 1973.

CTCrouch on March 6, 2009 at 6:54 am

Edwards took over the theatre in 1978.

CTCrouch on March 30, 2010 at 1:30 am

I believe the theatre may have closed once again. The Star Performing Arts Center’s website no longer exists and the listed phone number has been disconnected. Additionally, there appears to have been no events at the venue for nearly a year.

Kenneth Johnson
Kenneth Johnson on August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

As of 2012, Star Performing Arts Center is back open as SaiGon Performing Arts Center, featuring Asian/ Vietnamese music and entertainment hosted by celebrities. SaiGon Performing Arts Center appears to be a success now.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney on May 31, 2018 at 8:19 pm

The SaiGon Performing Arts Center is still in business and appears to be doing well, based on two things: Google Street Maps dated December 2017 (the camera car drove into the shopping center’s parking lot, right up to the theater), and a video just posted on YouTube today, May 31, 2018 (although likely shot in February 2018) –

rivest266 on November 8, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Grand opening ad posted for this theatre and the South Bay 3 in Redondo Beach.

rivest266 on November 8, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Closed as a cinema in 2000.

samwisefan on August 23, 2021 at 11:52 am

This is a theatre I frequented many times during childhood. This is the theatre I was at when I had the realization that I no longer wanted to drink/eat anything while watching a movie because I was tired of having to use the bathroom in the middle of a film. LOL! I also have a memory of my mom taking my sister and I to see the movie OLD DRACULA (which she incorrectly thought was going to be a family friendly comedy) and about 10 minutes into the movie when a female character in the film was shot with a crossbow she made us leave. I remember she asked the manager if we could switch sides of the theatre to see what was playing on the other side: HERBIE RIDES AGAIN.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm

If we’re going to be thorough, the previous chains should include Loews and General Cinema.

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