From: Walnut Creek, CA
Registered: Oct 2009
posted March 10, 2010 09:31 PM
In the past couple weeks, the Los Angeles-based Regency Theatres has shuttered the Fairfax 3 and the Redondo Beach 3. I still remember when the Redondo Beach 3 was five screens in three different buildings and seeing films like Pete's Dragon and The Empire Strikes Back there.
From: New York, NY
Registered: Feb 2003
posted March 11, 2010 06:23 AM
On the Fairfax Theatre the owner did not want to fix the roof of the theatre. While it was operated by GCC as the South Bay Cinema. The original house was a single and later twinned and later tri-plexed. They also built a large single on the other side of the bowling alley. This was a big house which they later twinned, but when it was a single it was a nice large house. And across the parking lot across a small street there was a third large house built which was 70MM equipped and THXed. When GCC built a newer large complex they dropped the former South Bay Cinemas. The large twin and the third house were razed. Rengency picked up the original house in front and operated it as a budget second run house.
From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Aug 2009
posted March 12, 2010 06:22 PM
I'm mad at myself about it, too. Last September, they were finally playing two movies I hadn't seen and I was going to hit a double-feature, but it started to rain so I decided I didn't want to make the trip. Alas, I wish I had.
The Fairfax, on the other hand, will always hold a special place in my heart, even if it had its fair share of flaws.
posted March 12, 2010 06:34 PM
Scott I have a dim picture of the main house of the Redondo tri-plex. Not sure if I have sent it in. I can tell you the lobby had definitely been updated in the 80's with the 80's GCC wood theme and rounded railings etc.
posted March 13, 2010 11:07 AM
The Fairfax had awesome midnight showings of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" featuring the "Rainbow Carnage" cast. They now do occasional shows,usually a Friday slot,at the Nuart.
The only time i went to Redondo Beach was in the GCC days in the 80s to see "Rocky Horror" with the cast i was in from San Bernardino. Good times.
posted March 14, 2010 11:42 PM
The inside pics of Redondo Beach remind me of a former GCC here in Williamsville, NY/Buffalo - the Eastern Hills III. Buffalo was a market GCC had a strong presence in, not to change the subject but there's lots of old school GCC plexes around of both the 70's era (Eastern Hills) and 80's-early 90's (McKinnely, Market Arcade), many operated by Dipson Theaters. Eastern Hills still has a shadowbox in its large house.
posted March 15, 2010 10:01 AM
Both these theaters that Regency is losing have the same configuration for their triplexing split: main auditorium consisting of the front half of what what the old auditorium accessed by a central hallway flanked by the two smaller auditoriums which are in back corners of the old auditorium.
Also, the Redondo beach has an interesting note that Scott Neff might like: apparently during the mid '80's remodel they painted the old school GCC currogated metal on the walls red and left it.