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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

Topanga

 

[1]

Topanga was originally built and opened by the Stanley-Warner chain in 1965 These are Norelco 70/35mm projectors Sound was provided by Ampex

[2]

The theatre was coverted into a twin at some point, then into a tri-plex later on This photo was taken in 1989

[3]

Topanga (2005)

[3]

Closer view of entryway to theatre

[3]

Decorative light fixtures from the 1960s

[3]

Close-up of light fixture

[3]

Entryway leads to front doors (right) The theatre has been kept up remarkably well over the years, despite having been used as a Halloween store and unfinished furniture store (both of which have retained the theatre's decor)

[3]

1960s-era lights on the canopy covering the entrance

[3]

Iron design at walkway

[3]

Another iron element The theatre was built in the 1960s and reflects "Googie" style that was popular in Southern California

[3]

The marquee

[3]

A view of the entire theatre

[3]

The theatre reflected the "modern" sense of luxury theatres in the 1960s with simple design

[3]

Light fixtures still hang on the side of the Topanga

[3]

Square tiles, with circular engravings

[3]

Lobby entrance to auditorium #2

[3]

A long aisle leading to auditorium #2 indicates that this was a large single screen theatre at one time

[3]

Auditorium #2 now stores various furniture

[3]

The aisle leading back to the lobby from auditorium #2

[3]

Auditorium #1 as seen from the projection room

[3]

Looking at auditorium #1 toward the left side of the theatre

[3]

Auditorium #3 as seen from the projection room

[3]

Auditorium #3 as seen from the back of theatre

[3]

As seen from the back of theatre in the last rows

[3]

One of the light fixtures in the auditorium

[3]

Looking toward the projection booth in auditorium #3

[3]

The main projection room The projection booth for auditorium #3 is around the corner by turning left, while the booth for auditorium #1 would be behind camera The booth for auditorium #2 is located downstairs

[3]

Minacon Speed Control

[3]

Projection room for auditorium #3

[3]

Shelf for marquee lettering

[3]

Marquee lettering

 


[1] Boxoffice--August 16, 1967
[2] John Sittig
[3] William Kallay

 

Special thanks to the staff of Froch's Woodcraft Shop, Inc.

 


 

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