The United Artists
theater chain opened the 8-screen Brea Marketplace theaters in 1988.
Featuring two large auditoriums with 70mm and THX-Sound, the theatre
was located in a brand-new shopping center across from the Brea
Mall. For years, Brea was one of perhaps two destinations for
residents of Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda to go to the movies.
Each of those communities went without a movie theatre complex until the 1989 opening
Cinemapolis. The choices were dull,
plain and small. Either moviegoers could go to the
Mann Brea Plaza, or
to the UA Brea Mall, which were uneventful theatres, to say the
On an empty plot of
land across from the Brea Mall, the new 8-screen UA was built. The
Brea Marketplace was typical in United Artists’ late-1980s design.
A plain, boxy building held a generic interior. The two main
auditoriums were fairly typical of UA’s design theory of the 1980s:
plain. All of the auditoriums were Lucasfilm “THX-Certified.”
70mm didn’t come to
1993 when “Last Action Hero” played
there. The theatre eventually closed after United Artists’
bankruptcy and was converted into a fitness center.