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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1997
Owners of the Village Center Westwood development have reached an agreement with Pacific Theatres to operate the project's movie multiplex, officials said Wednesday. Ira Smedra, managing partner for Village Center Westwood, and Neil Hartrecht, vice president of real estate for Pacific Theatres, said they were pleased to be moving forward. The project has been opposed by some Westwood residents for adding more movie seats to an already saturated area.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1995 | LEN HALL
City planners this week granted several key concessions to the developers of Plaza Pacifica, a proposed 600,000-square-foot shopping center that would be the largest commercial project in San Clemente. On a 6 to 0 vote, the Planning Commission agreed Tuesday night to ease the restrictions on a 145-unit residential portion of the project and allow it to move forward without being tied to construction in the commercial center. Commissioner John Tengdin was absent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1995 | LEN HALL
City planning commissioners have unanimously approved construction of Plaza Pacifica, a commercial center that will be the city's largest. The commissioners voted 4 to 0 Tuesday night to approve the 600,000-square-foot, Spanish-themed center, which will include 12 movie theaters, a food plaza, medical offices, several other major tenants and a gas station. Commissioner Mark Schmitt was absent.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In terms of graphic horror and shocking visual images, there's never been a war movie quite like Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." The film, which opens today, is a far cry from the majority of war films--especially the propaganda movies of World War II--which were made to boost the country's spirits and encourage young men to enlist. But over the decades, there have been numerous films that attempted to capture the intensity, carnage, fear and unbridled heroism of war.
NEWS
March 17, 1991
Pharmacist Bob Mastro, who last year won a court ruling that forced the city to undertake further environmental studies on a proposed 12-screen movie complex, has filed a new lawsuit challenging the project. Mastro's suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, alleges that the city has failed to adequately analyze traffic problems that would be created by the Edwards Theatre Circuit Inc. project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT and SHELBY GRAD and HOPE HAMASHIGE and RUSS LOAR
Chronic shoppers will soon have another mall choice in Costa Mesa. Stores at Metro Pointe at South Coast will begin opening their doors to the public this month. The first will be electronics retailer Best Buy, set to open May 17, with several others following during the summer, including Old Navy Clothing, Marshalls and the Container Store. More shops, restaurants and a 12-screen movie complex are to follow by year's end.
NEWS
February 27, 1992
Ceremonies to mark the start of construction of Edwards Cinema Plaza, a 12-screen movie theater and two restaurants, will take place at 4 p.m. Monday at Foothill Boulevard and B Street. The City Council approved the controversial project 1989, but it was delayed by lawsuits challenging the completeness of the city's environmental studies. A court ruling late last year cleared the way for construction of the theater complex, which will have nearly 3,000 seats.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced his arrival as a businessman 13 years ago, when he took part in an unusual meeting with gang leaders from the Bloods and the Crips. At the time, Johnson was building a movie theater in Baldwin Hills. Would the gang members, Johnson asked, be kind enough not to shoot it up? "I just laid it out to them that I'm building this theater for the community," Johnson, the former Lakers basketball standout, recalled from his seventh-floor office in Beverly Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2008 | John Horn
Nearly a week into the Cannes Film Festival Monday, not a single prominent movie had sold. Sellers remained hopeful that American distribution deals soon could be struck for two high-profile movies that already have premiered: Walter Salles' ("The Motorcycle Diaries") new Brazilian drama "Linha de Passe," and Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") directorial debut, "Synecdoche, New York," which vaguely rhymes with "Schenectady." But the initial buyer reaction has been tepid.
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