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film-by-film history of 70-millimeter wide gauge exhibition in Orange
Michael Coate and William Kallay
70mm Equipped Theatre Pictures
Laguna Hills Mall
|Chains: Edwards /
Sanborn / SoCal / The Movie Experience
|Opened: December 16, 1983
|Seats: Approx. 400-500
One of the more unusual marriages of movie exhibitors came in the
form of the Edwards/Sanborn Laguna Hills Mall Theatre. This rather
small three-screen complex is also an anomaly in mall theatre
exhibition; it was equipped for 70mm presentation. Most theatres
are owned by one company, and most mall cinemas are very small and
donít have 70mm projection.
This boutique cinema was owned by Sanborn (later becoming SoCal Cinemas) with Edwards, who
pretty much had the monopoly on Orange County theatres. Located
inside of the Laguna Hills Mall, the theatre resembles mall theaters
built during the mid-1970s and 1980s. The lobby is fairly small and
non-descript, whereby patrons can enter one of three auditoriums.
The middle auditorium is the largest.
Most of this theatreís 70mm presentation occurred during the
early-to-mid-1980s. The theatre is still open and serves mostly the
retirement community of Laguna Woods (a.k.a. Leisure World).
/ Sanborn Laguna Hills Mall Cinema opening day ad (December
Hills Mall Cinemas (2003)
| The Orange County
Register / Sanborn / Edwards
| William Kallay
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