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Scott D. Neff
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 - posted October 09, 2008 10:50 PM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
Inland Twin? PICTURES PEOPLE -- I NEED PICTURES. [Big Grin]

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Jeff Arellano
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 - posted October 10, 2008 05:42 PM      Profile for Jeff Arellano   Email Jeff Arellano         Edit/Delete Post 
Alas, the GCC Inland (Later Inland Twin) is still standing.

They have good shots of it here:
http://www.fromscripttodvd.com/70mm_in_los_angeles_inland.htm

It is still an electronics store. They did not fill in the sloped floor but just built a flat one over it. I don't know what is above the drop tile roof that makes the enormous theatre seem small. I don't remember if they took out the wall dividing the large auditorium. I think they did though.

When I went last year, that GCC Sticker was still on the window.

The theatre is located on Orange Show Rd, just east of E St. across the street from Target. Its only about two blocks from the Inland Center Mall.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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 - posted October 11, 2008 04:29 PM      Profile for Richard A Stegman Jr   Email Richard A Stegman Jr         Edit/Delete Post 
Huh. i didn't know Inland Twin had 70mm capabities?
The only place i recall being 70mm was Pacific Inland Center 5.

I saw "Good Morning,Vietnam" & "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" there.

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Jeff Arellano
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Good news, Maya theatres will be taking over, expanding the Lobby, and converting a theatre to IMAX:

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San Bernardino officials vote to sign agreement with theater operator

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, December 15, 2008

By CHRIS RICHARD
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino City Council members on Monday signed off on a development agreement with a new theater operator to renovate and expand the shuttered CinemaStar movie complex, including the addition of a 3-D IMAX screen.

Council members, acting as the city Redevelopment Agency, voted unanimously to sign a disposition and development agreement with Maya Cinemas.

Maya will pay $4.6 million for the property, with further development to be underwritten by a federal Housing and Urban Development loan of roughly $8 million, a city staff report states. According to the report, Maya would have three years to refinance and pay off that loan, or forfeit a half-million dollar deposit.

Maya CEO Moctezuma Esparza promised to spend another $1 million in company funds to refurbish the complex as soon as Maya takes possession.

The council action comes a little more than two months after CinemaStar abruptly closed its 20-screen complex at Fourth and E streets.

On Sept. 28, when CinemaStar ceased operations, the company owed the Redevelopment Agency nearly $600,000 in back rent, according to a staff report. Emil Marzullo, the city's acting redevelopment director, said officials evicted the former tenant and took possession of the property two weeks ago.

Frank Haffar, Maya's president and chief operating officer, said he could open by late February.

According to the report, Maya plans to install new seats, carpets, tile, paintwork and signs immediately. Next month, the company will extend the lobby, move the ticket booth and concession stand and start converting an auditorium into an IMAX theater, the report states.

Haffar said he plans to open the new IMAX facility about seven months after taking possession of the property.

The preliminary renovations will cost Maya about $5.2 million, and installing the IMAX screen will cost nearly $3 million more, the report states.

Restrictions in IMAX contracts will mean the San Bernardino theater will be the only 3-D screen between Ontario and Cathedral City, the report states. A second development plan, to be completed within two years, includes office, retail and restaurants on the theater property. A third phase, to be completed within seven years, would include more retail.

Esparza said he's confident despite the current economic turmoil. Cinemas typically do well when the economy is slow, and Maya's box office receipts are up 7 percent over last year, Esparza said.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_N_ncouncil16.455a4a0.html

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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Praise the good lord above! It was too far to drive to the Sterling 6 when i lived there in San Bernardino.

I'll bet you cash money theatre 9,with the elevator access for wheelchairs in the very back of the auditorium,will be the one to go IMAX.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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Does anyone have any updated info about this place?

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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Apparently,Maya Cinemas missed a payment deadline earlier this Month. So the theatre reopening is delayed again while the city seeks other operators for the venue,even though Maya is still in the running to reopen it.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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 - posted September 23, 2010 07:27 AM      Profile for Richard A Stegman Jr   Email Richard A Stegman Jr         Edit/Delete Post 
Supposedly,Regal is now the frontrunner to take over this theatre.

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Rob Alexander
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 - posted December 07, 2010 12:55 PM      Profile for Rob Alexander   Email Rob Alexander         Edit/Delete Post 
Looks like Regal indeed will be taking this over. They will be taking out the front 6 screens for store fronts and restaurants,and live performances, and bringing it down to a 14 plex. Let's hope this project will take off and they do this theatre right.

http://www.pe.com/columns/cassiemacduff/stories/PE_News_Local_D_cass04.48ef594.html

Downtown Turnaround
10:00 PM PST on Friday, December 3, 2010

Cassie Macduff

Downtown San Bernardino may look like a half-abandoned ghost town.

But in the next few months, two developments are coming that should help it turn the corner.

In January, the redevelopment agency could sign a lease with Regal Entertainment Group to reopen the CinemaStar movie theater, which closed two years ago.

In February, ground will be broken on a $300 million courthouse on vacant land near the historic courthouse.

The new courthouse is needed to relieve crowded courtrooms. But the movie theater deal will do more for downtown. Here's why:

Courthouses operate 8 to 5, Monday to Friday; movie theaters bring crowds nights and weekends.

When the CinemaStar was open, downtown San Bernardino had begun to feel like a real city. Couples, teens and families with young children from surrounding neighborhoods flocked there.

After CinemaStar went bust, a new operator -- Maya Cinemas -- couldn't get financing to reopen it. The city had unwisely chosen a startup firm to replace CinemaStar (also a startup).

Maya had a successful multiplex in Salinas. But it didn't have the capital to pull off a take-over project.

Regal Cinemas operates nearly 7,000 screens in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

A big corporation should have the wherewithal to bring the movie house back to life. (Another startup firm would risk another flop.)

Picking a strong company is especially important since the county announced recently it won't build a new government center on the struggling Carousel Mall site -- another linchpin to revitalizing downtown.

Economic Development Agency Director Emil Marzullo said he's not concerned the county backed out. The city still can go ahead with plans to update the mall, and accommodate the county elsewhere downtown later.

Regal will operate 14 of the original 20 screens.

The company will bring the restaurants the city has long sought, putting them in four of the six front-facing theaters, Marzullo said.

Another front-facing theater will become a venue for live performance such as comedy and lectures. The sixth will be turned into dressing rooms and set-storage for the California Theatre next door, Marzullo said.

The redevelopment agency now owns the multiplex, but as soon as Regal gets it up and running, will seek a buyer to continue leasing it to Regal, Marzullo said.

Having a movie house downtown once again will be a perfect complement to the California Theatre's and Sturges Performing Arts Center's live shows.

Downtown then will have entertainment to offer for all tastes and price ranges.

Mayor Pat Morris said the widening and reconfiguring of ramps on Interstate 215, express-bus service from Cal State to Loma Linda (coming in 2013), and the new courthouse and movie-house deal also will help revive San Bernardino.

Seeing those projects through is the reason he ran for a second term last year, he said. His term runs through 2013, so he'll be around long enough to see them complete.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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They're reducing the screen count to 14? WTF? I guess this means no IMAX screen. Still,it's going to be great to have this theatre back. Even if it is Regal taking over.

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Danny Baldwin
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There are plenty of 14-screeners with LieMaxes.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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 - posted June 08, 2012 08:15 AM      Profile for Richard A Stegman Jr   Email Richard A Stegman Jr         Edit/Delete Post 
From the San Bernardino Theatre Square Facebook Page:

"Management trains new staff at Regal Theatres Monday.(June 11th)"

"Regal Stadium 14 opens Monday June 25th with $2 movies,popcorn and soda for three days."

So,i guess the official opening is June 29th.

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