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Now Open or Coming Soon

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

* Triangle Square 8, Costa Mesa, is slated for a May opening by Edwards Cinemas. With 300 screens in Southern California, the company is the largest movie exhibitor operating in the region.

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

* 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.

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* Corona Westend 8, opened at the Westend Pavilion in Corona, the week before Thanksgiving, and the LaCosta 6 opened in the Carlsbad area, by the Newport Beach-based Edwards Cinemas chain.

* 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. 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.

* 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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* Edwards Cinemas, meanwhile, is planning several openings in the next year in addition to Triangle Square: 10 screens in Westminster, eight in Del Mar, five in Trabuco Hills, 10 in Valencia, eight in Anaheim Hills and 10 in Santa Maria, over the next year.


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