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Village Center


Theatre Specifications
Chain: Edwards
Opened: November 27, 1985
Closed: 2000 — Now an autoparts store
Seats: Approx. 500 (in two largest auditoriums)


Located on Beach Blvd. a short distance from the Garden Grove Freeway and former Highway 39 Drive-In, this six-screen complex opened in 1985 and was similar to the Town Center in design, except this theatre had two additional screens.  An open and spacious lobby lead patrons to the six screens in the complex, with two large auditoriums acting as anchors.


The theatre didn’t run a lot of 70mm.  “Young Sherlock Holmes” (1985) and “Dick Tracy” (1990) were the only two 70mm engagements this theatre ran.  The theatre closed in 2000 when Edwards filed for bankruptcy.  It remained vacant for some years. 


The structure still stands and some of the metal beams that divided each auditorium can still be seen.  It is now a popular auto parts store.




Edwards Village Center, Stanton, opening day ad (November 27, 1985)


Edwards Village Center in 2000


Box office and lobby entrance

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



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