George Krikorian

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George Krikorian, president and chief executive of Krikorian Premiere Theatres. Owns at least one race horse.

Theaters

George Krikorian's industry perspective is to expand their operations throughout the western United States to provide state-of-the-art movie presentation to areas, which are under-screened and areas having tired and outdated theaters. Next time you're in California be sure to check out a Krikorian theater or maybe you'll get lucky and Krikorian will build one near you.

Krikorian currently operates theaters in Buena Park, Chino, Redlands, Downey, San Clemente and Monrovia, Calif, with another complex planned in Pico Rivera.

The new Krikorian Metroplex in Vista is the region's most upscale cinema complex with 3,600 stadium-style seats, crystal chandeliers, hand-painted murals by artist Gregory Beylerian, imported tile and marble and granite finish walls and floors.

Fire

An afteroon fire on August 27, 2005 consumed a three-story, 7,000-square-foot house being built in La Jolla Shores and threatened others nearby. The burned-out home belongs to Redondo Beach resident George Krikorian, owner of Krikorian Theatres in Vista. Frightened residents on Spindrift Drive watched as 100-foot flames turned the framing of a three-story, 7,000-square-foot house to charred timbers. No one was injured.

The owner of house, George Krikorian of Redondo Beach, president of Krikorian Premier Theatres, looked on grimly.

"It could have been a lot worse. It could have been already finished," he said as fire crews doused the last flickering embers.

The cause of the fire remained unknown. Construction workers reportedly left an hour or two before the blaze broke out. Metro Arson Strike Team investigators interviewed witnesses last night and planned to return this morning.

Krikorian, who owns the 15-screen Krikorian Theatres in Vista and race horses, said it took him three years to get permits to build the new house.

County records showed a 2004 assessed property value of nearly $3 million for a 3,000-square-foot house built in 1959 on a 23,500-square-foot lot. The old house was partially demolished for the new project, Krikorian said.

The construction project superintendent said the original arched windows facing dramatic ocean views had been preserved for the new house. A movie theater and bowling alley were among the additions.

The neighborhood boasts large homes with stunning ocean views toward the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve. Developer Doug Manchester, pollster Daniel Yankelovich and University of California Regent Peter Preuss own property nearby.

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