March 10, 2000 |
Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc., Orange County's largest movie house operator, said Thursday it is trying to unload about 25 aging theaters that moviegoers are shunning in favor of flashier mega-plexes. The Newport Beach-based chain has hired a Beverly Hills law firm to help it revise or discontinue leases for some of the outdated theaters, which were built in the 1960s and 1970s. In Orange County, 16 theaters with 76 screens are expected to close.
May 2, 1999 |
Forgive Jim Edwards if he cuts to the front of the line to see "Star Wars." He owns the theater. Edwards, 54, is president and CEO of Irvine-based Edwards Theatres, which has grown from the one Monterey Park facility his dad opened in 1930 to more than 725 screens at 90 venues in California and Idaho, including state-of-the-art showcases with stadium seating and wall-to-wall screens. NO LONE 'STAR': "We can't survive on one title, and the summer looks very good in addition to 'Star Wars.'
November 7, 1998 |
A Superior Court jury awarded a total of $276,000 in unpaid overtime Friday to four former employees of Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. but deadlocked on seven others with similar claims. The four who won the award--Richard Saulnier, Craig Tarbet, Mike McDonnell and Spencer Rhodes--were among a dozen former employees who claimed the Newport Beach entertainment company had misclassified them as salaried managers instead of hourly employees to avoid paying overtime.
November 2, 1998 |
If you're a moviegoer, it's better than a gold card. You flash it at the door and you're in. The card--good for a year of free, unlimited movie viewing for you and three guests at any Edwards cinema--comes in the mail with the invitation: Enjoy! Here's the rub--you probably can't get one. But public officials in at least three counties, from U.S. representatives to mayors, have enjoyed the privilege of free moviegoing for decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1998
Edwards Cinemas has agreed to bring to South Gate what is being touted as the largest movie theater in southeast Los Angeles County, city officials announced. The company has agreed to operate a 21-screen movie theater with more than 4,500 seats, covering 98,000 square feet, said Ruben Lopez, director of South Gate's community development.
May 1, 1998 |
Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. announced plans for 82 new screens at six theater complexes in Orange County and nearby communities. The Newport Beach-based chain said it will complete in November an additional 10 screens as part of the expansion of the Tustin Marketplace, where it currently has a six-screen theater. It will also add six screens in December to the existing eight in Anaheim Hills.