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A year-by-year, film-by-film history of 70-millimeter wide gauge exhibition in Southern California

 

 Compiled by Michael Coate and William Kallay

 


 

70mm Equipped Theatre Pictures

Lakewood Center / Lakewood Center Stadium 16

 

[1]

Lakewood Center Theatre opening day ad (January 17, 1968)

[2]

Lakewood Center in 1981

[2]

"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" eventually would play here in 70mm (see 1981)

[3]

The beautiful wrap around lobby (c. 1980s)

[3]

The huge auditorium with over 1000-seats (c.1980s) For years, the theatre had a curved screen, as the it was originally conceived as a Cinerama venue (70mm), but the screen was removed and a flat screen was installed

[2]

The theatre in 1989

[4]

Lakewood Center Theatre in 2005

[4]

The theatre has a large lobby, and has been expanded over the years to include stadium-seat auditoriums The largest auditorium (left)

[4]

During the 1980s, the theatre had a number of 70mm engagements, and was also used for special sneak previews, including the disastrous sneak of "Last Action Hero" (1993)

[4]

The box office (right) and lobby

[4]

The large auditorium still is intact and was renovated in 1999 The new stadium-seat auditoriums were added on the left (light colored building)

 


[1] Los Angeles Times / Pacific Theatres
[2] John Sittig
[3] Courtesy of John Sittig
[4] William Kallay

 

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