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


 Compiled by Michael Coate and William Kallay



70mm Equipped Theatre Pictures

Charter Centre


Theatre Specifications
Chains: Edwards / Regal
Opened: November 22, 1985
Closed: December 2005 — Re-opened in 2006
Seats: Approx. 500 (main auditorium)


Charter Centre opened on November 22, 1985 on the corner of Beach Blvd. and Warner Avenue.  The theatre was a five-screen complex that complimented a high-rise office building, a small shopping center and a parking structure.  Upon entering the lobby, if you were accustomed to visiting other Edwards Cinemas of the 1980s, you would notice that the design was similar to other theatres like the El Toro 5, Irvine University and Town Center.  Long, skinny “chandelier” lights hung from the tall ceiling, with the lobby leading moviegoers to the auditoriums.  Located upstairs were the restrooms and projection booth.


Some of the auditoriums were fairly good size, and at least one of them had about 500 seats and 70mm projection.  The theatre closed in December 2005, as Century Theatres of Northern California is opening a new 20-screen complex a few blocks away.  However, the complex was re-opened in 2006.




Edwards Charter Centre grand opening ad (1985)


Edwards Charter Centre (2005)


A busy Saturday night at Charter Centre


The box office and lobby from across Warner Avenue


Edwards Charter Centre box office and lobby closer view


Edwards Charter Centre entrance


Edwards Charter Centre promenade


A driveway allowed for patrons to be dropped off


A close-up of the entrance


Backwall of complex (facing parking structure)


Edwards Charter Centre roof (digital photo merge)

[1] The Orange County Register / Edwards
[2] William Kallay



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