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East Hills Mall 10 Cinemas

2001 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
3100 Mall View Rd
Bakersfield CA 93306

Record #1857  
 Opened: June 9, 1989
 Closed: February 19, 2017
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Current Organ: none
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 Previously operated by: United Artists Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Regency Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Paul Linfesty.

The UA East Hills Mall 10 theatres opened with seven screens initially in June, 1989. Opening attractions included Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The theatre featured two 450 seat wide auditoriums and five narrow theatres with seating ranges of around 280-110. The four largest theatres featured genuine Dolby Stereo with the three smallest featuring Kintek mono stage plus surrounds. The largest auditorium was built along THX standards, but a noisy HVAC the day of testing prevented the theatre from being certified. They never bothered to try again. In 1993, the largest auditorium installed DTS for Jurassic Park. In 1996, DTS was added to another auditorium for The Ghost and the Darkness.

In the summer of 1996, an expansion of the theatre saw the entrance moved into the mall with two new auditoriums added. As soon as these opened, the old lobby was torn up and turned into the tenth theatre. All three of the new theatres were equipped with Ultra Stereo sound systems, the largest of which also had DTS. SDDS was also added to the largest original theatre. In 1999, the theatre's fourth DTS unit went in, pulled from the dying UA across town. However, UA later yanked out both the SDDS unit and one DTS unit, leaving the complex with only three digital screens; strange, since the two new magaplexes in town featured digital sound in all auditoriums. Since the theatre has been taken over by Regal Entertainment Group, however, the fourth DTS theatre was once again equipped for it.

Regal Entertainment Group closed this theatre on June 27, 2010. Regency Theatres gave it a quick remodel and reopened for business shortly thereafter.

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June 2010 photos from the Andrew Holdaway collection.

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July 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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Last featured 2/9/2003. Last edited 6/21/2017.

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