What Is the History of the Brenden Theatre in Modesto, CA?


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The Brenden Theatre in Modesto, California opened in May 1999. Named as the Brenden Modesto 18, this theater is the largest cinema owned by the Brenden Theatres. Modeled after the company’s Vacaville Theatre, Modesto 18 helped revitalize the unused downtown area of Modesto and achieved immediate success. Johnny Brenden founded the Brenden Theatre Corporation in May 1990.

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The company founder Johnny Brenden, in his teens, worked as a cashier at his grandfather’s theaters. He later entered the corporate side of the business in film buying and theater operations and decided to start his own theater company. The first Brenden theater was located in the City of Pittsburg near Walnut Creek in Northern California. In May 1997, the theatre was remodeled with additional screens and increased seating capacity. In November 1997, the corporation opened its flagship complex with the Brenden Concord 14 and in September 1998, the Vacaville 16 theatre opened in Solano County, California.

The Brenden Modesto 18 features 101,000 square feet of theater area and 6,000 square feet of street fronting retail area. The entrance to the theater features the marquee and canopy, brightly colored flooring, neon and lighting. The theatre’s 18 auditoriums feature stadium seating, THX sound systems and large, curved screens.

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