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Movie Theaters & Screens

March 10, 1990|Clipboard researched by Elena Brunet / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Movie theater chains bring with them their industry competitions when they come south to Orange County. Edwards Cinemas currently has the biggest presence here, with 30 theaters and 105 screens. United Artists lags far behind with seven theaters and 36 screens. AMC Entertainment maintains a certain competitive edge with four theaters and 24 screens. Mann manifests the theory that less is more with two theaters and 12 screens.

What movie executives share is an unwillingness to divulge pending plans for construction or even the number of seats in existing theaters. "We don't publicize until we're ready to move on it," said United Artists spokesman Richard Naiffy. Edwards' Blayden Thompson did disclose that a new Edwards theater will open in July at the Tustin Marketplace.

Here's how movie theaters and screens are arranged around the county:

City/Community Theaters Screens Anaheim 2 12 Brea 3 17 Buena Park 1 8 Costa Mesa 7 18 Cypress 1 1 Dana Point 0 0 El Toro 2 12 Fountain Valley 2 6 Fullerton 1 9 Garden Grove 2 5 Huntington Beach 2 7 Irvine 2 12 Laguna Beach 1 2 Laguna Hills 1 3 Laguna Niguel 1 8 La Habra 1 5 La Palma 0 0 Los Alamitos 0 0 Mission Viejo 2 9 Newport Beach 5 13 Orange 3 19 Placentia 0 0 San Clemente 0 0 San Juan Capistrano 1 5 Santa Ana 4 19 Seal Beach 2 9 Stanton 2 6 Tustin * Villa Park 0 0 Westminster 2 8 Yorba Linda 0 0

* Edwards Cinema--next summer

Source: Individual theater chains

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