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The AMC Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15 in Los Angeles, California will close on Monday, June 14, 2010 for a makeover that includes stadium seating, new amenities, digital technology, 3D screens, new decor, and a new operator. The announcement was made today by Capri Urban Investors, LLC, the company that owns the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center where the theater is located.
"We are thrilled to be bringing in a new theater operator at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza," said Ken Lombard, Partner and President of Capri Urban Investors, LLC. "We are currently finalizing a new contract with an operator that truly understands Los Angeles, the urban marketplace, and has an absolute commitment to delivering the best movie experience you'll find anywhere. Transforming the mall is about giving shoppers more choices and better amenities, and having a new state-of-the-art multiplex is an important step in that direction."
The press release mentions that the mall is getting a makeover as well, which is due to be completed by the holiday season in 2011. It's possible that the theater will be closed until that time.
I could not find information about when the movie theater opened, but it was the first theater opened by Magic Johnson. (One source I found shows that Magic Johnson Theatres began in 1994) He issued the following statement about the closing of the Crenshaw 15:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of AMC's decision to close the Magic Johnson Theatre at Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall. AMC purchased the Magic Johnson Theatres several years ago. This was my first theatre, so a piece of me will definitely close with it. I want to thank the community for their support and loyalty over the years. The theatre has truly been the heartbeat of that community. Magic Johnson Enterprises will continue to bring high quality entertainment, products and services to those communities we serve every day."
The nearest theater to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza appears to be the Pacific Culver Stadium 12 in Culver City, about four miles away.
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