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Edwards Theaters Orange County
The cinemas for which locals feel "the warm fuzzies"Do you enjoy taking in a show at one of the Edwards Theaters' locations? If you do, you're not alone! For many Orange Co. residents, the Edwards chain is a tip-top favorite place for movie viewing. On this page, you'll find a listing of the Orange County Edwards locations, along with addresses, maps, phone numbers, and links to each theater's current movie listings & showtimes. But first...here's a little bit about how the popular Edwards movie chain got its start.
Quick history of Edwards TheatersDuring the heyday of the giant, one-screen movie palaces, Orange County was still largely a land of ranches and orange groves. Theaters oozing glitz and glamour? That was strictly a "Hollywood thing."
As beautiful housing tracts began filling Orange County, the demand for movie theaters in the area grew. A number of smaller theaters were built to accommodate the film-going residents. But, as far as Southern California cinema history goes, it was James Edwards II who really "put Orange County on the map," as the saying goes.
1969 was the year---in the midst of an era when nay-sayers were predicting the fall of the entire movie industry (because the switch from black & white to modern color television programming had revolutionized the entertainment world; viewers could now enjoy at home what they used to need theaters to see.) Attendance at the former movie palaces was waning. Many of the fabled landmarks were falling into disrepair or having their grandeur "modernized," turning them into bland shadows of their original glory. The move towards building small mall-plex theaters was on the rise, and with good reason: at least by offering more film choices in smaller auditoriums, theater-owners could keep seats filled and continue to make a living.
Nevertheless, 1969 was ALSO the year that Mr. Edwards built the Grand Dame of OC movie theaters, the Edwards Big Newport in Newport Beach. Designed with the splendor of theaters' Golden Years in mind, the Edwards Big Newport had a giant-sized auditorium seating 1000+ patrons. The screen itself was huge---a whopping 40 x 80 feet. The Big Newport quickly became THE place in Orange County to catch a movie on its opening night. (The tradition continues...and has even evolved. Edwards Big Newport Theater is now also THE place in Orange County to camp out before important film debuts...with fans often in costume---as they were before the Star Wars films and the 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean installment.)
The Edwards Big Newport also became the flagship theater of this chain...and Mr. Edwards himself worked in offices here! (Talk about enthusiasm---he stayed on-the-job here until 90 years of age! He literally kept going until he went on to greater adventures in the next life.)
The Edwards cinema chain continued to grow, giving patrons places to enjoy their favorite flicks, as well as build happy memories. Edwards Theaters pioneered stadium-style seating in Orange County, opening the Irvine Spectrum Center theaters with several of the "new" type auditoriums back in the mid-90's. As we all know, stadium seating went on to become the industry standard. After the Spectrum cinemas, Edwards went on to build the popular Metro Pointe Theaters with every auditorium containing stadium seating. Today, newer Edwards Theater are a plush affair, with not only stadium seating but also digital sound, grandiose lobbies, and large restrooms.
The Regal Theater chain bought the Edwards cinemas several years back, but has maintained the Edwards name that Orange County movie-goers love so well.
Edwards Theaters in CaliforniaThere are so many Edwards Theaters in California that it takes several pages to cover them all!
1.) On this page, you'll find a listing of the Orange County Edwards Theater locations
2.) If you're looking for Edwards Cinemas in LA, head to the "Edwards Theaters/Los Angeles County" page of this website.
3.) If you're looking for San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura County Edwards locations, please visit the Southern California Edwards Cinemas" page of this website.
Edwards Theaters Orange County locationsALISO VIEJO:
Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 Cinemas & IMAX
Showtimes: Aliso Viejo Edwards Theater movie listings.
Address & Map: The Edwards Theater address is 26701 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Directions: Take the Aliso Creek Road rxit off the 73 Tollway, then head southwest to the theater. To help plan your route to the Aliso Viejo Edwards Theater, you may use the following Google map to the Edwards Aliso Viejo 20 Theaters to guide your way.
Phone: (949) 425-3861.
Edwards Cinema Metro Pointe Stadium 12 Theaters
Showtimes: Edwards Metro Pointe movie listings.
Address & Map: Edwards Theater's address at the Metro Pointe Mall near South Coast Plaza is 901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Here's a Google map to the Edwards Theater at Metro Pointe. You might also enjoy discovering the list of stores and restaurants at Metro Pointe; please visit our South Coast Plaza Mall page to see pictures & a directory.
Phone number: (714) 428-0962.
COSTA MESA AREA: The former Edwards South Coast Village 3 Theaters, is now a member of the Regency Theater chain. This cinema's new name is simply the South Coast Village Theater. Its location remains at 1561 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704. (It has a Santa Ana address, but it's just across the street from Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza Mall.) Continuing in the same tradition it upheld while a member of the Edwards chain, this movie house still plays artsy or independent films. Regency's South Coast Village Theater phone number is (714) 557-5701. You can find out showtimes online at the Regency Theater's official website.
COSTA MESA: The former Edwards Triangle Square 8 Theaters is now the Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas. The Triangle Square Starlight Theater phone number is (949) 650-4300. This theater's address is 1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Directions: an easy way to find Triangle Square is to take the 55 Freeway west until it ends, then keep going for several blocks once it turns into Newport Blvd. This attractive little mall will appear on your right; use the entrance to the parking garage that you'll see, because there's no "regular" above-ground parking lot here. An alternative route would be to exit Interstate 405 at Harbor Blvd and head oceanwards until Harbor Blvd dead-ends into Newport Blvd. In this case, the theater will be on your left; and you'll also ind a parking garage entrance from this side. You may use the following Google map to the Triangle Square theaters to help you find your way. You can find Triangle Square showtimes on the Starlight Cinemas website.
Edwards Westpark 8 Cinema
Showtimes: Edwards-Irvine Westpark movie listings.
Address & Map: This theater's address is 3755 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606. Directions: from the I-405 Freeway, take the Culver exit & head inland. You may view the following Google map to the Irvine Westpark Theater to serve as a guide.
Telephone number: You may call the Irvine Westpark Edwards Theater phone number at (949) 622-8609 if you'd like to speak with an employee at this location.
Edwards Theaters Orange County -- Contact infoIf you would prefer to find a different theater, you may use the following link to the Regal Cinemas Official Website, where you'll find movie listings and showtimes for Edwards, Regal and UA cinemas in all states of the USA. To view a list of ONLY the California Edwards, Regal & UA theater locations, here's the California Regal Theater locations page of that same website.