UA Glasshouse 6

Glasshouse Square,
3156 Sports Arena Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92115

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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Daniel T. Uesugi

Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: UA Movies 6, UA Glasshouse Movies 6

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UA Glasshouse Movies 6-San Diego, CA

When opened in 1981, the UA Glasshouse-San Diego was lauded as a great showplace and prototype-complex. Super busy in the early-1980’s. Known then for its "Late, Late Shows" Friday and Saturday night after regular features ended–midnight movies promoted by 91X FM such as "The Song Remains the Same" and "Quadrophenia". 70mm engagements included "Return of the Jedi" and "Cocoon". Strip mall Glasshouse Square could never quite get to full occupancy and theatre closed by the end of the 1990’s. The longest-running manager was Chuck Goodman.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

neeb on March 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Bunch of great memories of this theater- Jurassic Park, Cliffhanger, Benji the Hunted, advance screening of Wolf… my HS GF and I had out first date here (The Three Musketeers)… Dances with Wolves… I can’t remember how many Friday and Saturday nights I spent at this theater before I left for LA, but I mind of miss this one- not like I miss the Valley Circle or Cinema 21, but I miss it none the less.

kencmcintyre on January 18, 2010 at 1:14 am

Here is a February 1985 ad from the LA Times. Ray Kroc was the founder of McDonalds.

gonefishing on October 3, 2010 at 4:10 am

UA Glasshouse was almost sold to a local businessman in mid 1999. The deal fell through because UA was in the process of removing a lot of their fixtures and some equipment and he didn’t like that. The theatre continued to stay open and ran second run movies for $2 tickets. There was no manager and the staff from UA Horton Plaza ran it until it finally closed around September or October 1999. I personally removed as much of projection equipment as I could over a two day period. Left most of the platters and projectors. I heard a rumor Gold’s gym kept a platter system up in the booth.

imadjdiva on May 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

That photo is nowhere near Glasshouse Square. I worked there through three managers from 1984-1986. They weren’t unionized, so there were no projectionists. The managers had to run the projectors, I was lucky enough to learn how to run the projection booth during my tenure as asst manager. What a fun time of life. Ha ha. Like every theater I worked at in my youth, it was a soap opera.

rivest266 on May 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

July 17th, 1981 grand opening ad has been posted here. It opened as UA Movies 6

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

The United Artists Glasshouse 6 was the first of a number of six-screen theaters designed for UA by San Francisco architect Daniel T. Uesugi.

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