Moviemax Carlsbad

2601 El Camino Real,
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Previous Names: Cinema Plaza 5, Plaza Camino Real Cinema

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Moviemax Cinemas

Built in 1969, it’s the oldest standing first-run movie house in San Diego’s North County. Four screens, including North County’s largest screen/auditorium (60 foot screen, 600 seats) and Dolby Digital Audio. It was closed by Moviemax on November 30, 2014.

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hownowbrownpaul on April 2, 2006 at 3:08 am

There are several photos of this theater at this site:

LebowskiT1000 on May 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

According to their website (, their address is:

2601 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA

Logan5 on October 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Also known as SoCal’s Plaza Camino Real. Although the theater had 70mm projection equipment, “The Rocketeer” was presented here in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on October 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Correct. The new theater should be opening very soon because it’s already on Fandango (though no tickets on sale yet). All reporting says MovieMax will close, although I’m a little skeptical about that, because the owner (who only owns this theater) paid to upgrade to digital AFTER the new theater was announced. I spoke with him years back and he said he had considered going arthouse… wonder if that could potentially happen / what his lease terms are.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on November 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Closes Sunday, November 30.

rivest266 on July 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

This opened with one screen on August 29th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on July 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

4 screens on December 20th, 1974 and five on December 1975. 1974 grand opening ad posted.

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