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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

Crown Valley


Theatre Specifications
Chain: Edwards
Opened: December 25, 1986
Closed: Approx. 2000 — Now a church
Seats: Approx. 525-550 (main auditorium)


Built on a relatively small looking parcel of land, the Edwards Crown Valley opened on December 25, 1986.  This five-screen multiplex had a similar design to other Edwards theatre complexes of the time, but was laid out horizontally against a hillside behind the theatre.  Patrons would enter the lobby, and to see films in the various auditoriums, they would have to either enter the main auditorium (with over 500-seats) straight ahead, or start heading to the left.  The rest of the auditoriums were down a long hallway with windows facing Crown Valley Parkway.


70mm shows began in 1987 with “Stakeout.”  There were a few more 70mm engagements through 1992


In the 1990s, Edwards opened the Kaleidoscope Stadium 10 down the street and the Crown Valley was closed and converted into a church.




Edwards Crown Valley opening weekend ad (December 1986)


Box office and lobby entrance (2002)


Edwards Crown Valley (2005)


Theatre seen from Crown Valley Parkway




Box office and lobby entrance


Side view looking toward Mission Viejo Mall


Box office and lobby




Box office and lobby entrance which faces Crown Valley Parkway






View from Mission Viejo Mall / Medical Center Drive

[1] Los Angeles Times / Edwards
[2] William Kallay


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