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Theaters: Now Open or Coming Soon

Among new Southern California movie complexes just recently opened or about to open are:

* The Hollywood Galaxy 6, a 2,400-seat complex of six screens, which General Cinema Corp. plans to formally open Dec. 12 in the midst of a burgeoning cinema district on Hollywood Boulevard, just west of the landmark three-screen Chinese Theatre complex and the grandly refurbished El Capitan Theatre.

General Cinema’s regional marketing director, Bob Artz, said the futuristic complex, which includes shops, restaurants and parking for 700 vehicles, was designed with “an eye and an ear toward Hollywood’s revitalization.”

* Glendale Central, a five-screen, 1,600-seat complex opened by General Cinema in downtown Glendale in October; it includes a 500-seat main theater.

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* AMC Old Pasadena 8, a new, 2,200-seat complex in the Old Pasadena district, built by American Multi Cinema Inc. in the turn-of-the-century One Colorado retail-office-restaurant development. The new theaters are situated off a courtyard, now entered from Union Street and eventually Colorado Boulevard. Patrons walk into the complex at street level under a vintage-style theater marquee and then proceed down escalators to the refreshment area. The theaters opened Nov. 22.

* AMC Media Center 4, a just-opened four-screen facility in Burbank’s Media City Center, just across from the Ikea housewares store.

* AMC Burbank 14, formerly a 10-screen complex, at 1st and Palm streets. Four new screens are scheduled to open Dec. 20, including two 600-seat auditoriums that feature unusual, stadium-style seating, where each row is a step above the one in front of it.

* AMC Fullerton 10, formerly the Fullerton 8. Two screens were added to the complex on Lemon Street in Fullerton on Nov. 15.

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* LaCosta 6, opened in the Carlsbad area, and the Corona Westend 8, opened at the Westend Pavilion in Corona, the week before Thanksgiving, by the Newport Beach-based Edwards Cinemas chain. With 300 screens in Southern California, the company is the largest movie exhibitor operating in the region.

* Pierside Pavilion, a five-screen complex in Huntington Beach on Pacific Coast Highway, which was opened earlier this year by the Mann Theaters chain but recently taken over by Edwards. Previously, Mann opened the Del Amo 9 in Torrance and the Exchange 8 in Glendale.

* Laemmle Theaters’ Sunset 5 will open in a major retail complex at Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards in West Hollywood in the spring. The five theaters, with a total of 1,000 seats, will book mainly “art house” products, according to owner Robert Laemmle.


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