Maya Cinemas Opens Third Location in East County

Workers finish the sign at Maya Cinemas on Thursday, August 1, 2012

By Allen Payton, Publisher

East County has another place to attend the movies, now that Maya Cinemas opened in Pittsburg, where the Brenden Theatres chain got its start.

According to the San Francisco Business Times, Maya Cinemas “rejuvenated the dilapidated 54,760-square foot theater complex at Century Plaza in Pittsburg. This week, the group finalized a 20-year lease agreement with Sierra Pacific, which owns the retail center.”

For now 12 of the 16 theaters will be open showing new-release feature films. The reconstruction also opened up the entrance with a large lobby and snack bar.

Lifelong friend Irma Garcia with CEO Mocte Esparza at the new Maya Cinemas in Pittsburg, California.

A special pre-Grand Opening party was held on Thursday, August 2 for local dignitaries and community leaders. In attendance was Antioch Councilwoman Mary Rocha and her husband Louie, as well as Carmen Ochoa of Give Always To Others & Company. Attendees were treated to a free showing of either Batman: The Dark Knight Rises or The Amazing Spiderman movies following the reception.

That was followed by a Grand Opening on Friday night, August 3 for the public.

Moctesuma Esparza, CEO of Maya Cinemas was in attendance. Mocte, as he is known, has been involved in the movie industry for almost 40 years. He is an award-winning producer, with the movies “Salena,” as well as “Gods and Generals” and “Gettysberg” to his credit.

Tuesday is Family Day at Maya Cinemas when all seats are $5.50 and 3D features are $8.50 all day. Wednesday is Seniors’ Day, when Seniors age 60 and above enjoy $4.00 admission and $7 for 3D features.  Some limitations apply. See their website for details.

Maya Cinemas is developing a chain of megaplex movie theaters focused on providing the highest quality movie-going experience in new and redevelopment market areas. This is their third location, with others located in Salinas and Bakersfield.

By capitalizing on the expertise of its management team Maya intends to develop movie theaters in locations with a strong Latino presence.

Maya theaters offers first-run Hollywood movies, and in one screen specialty and Spanish language films, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and providing first-rate entertainment with superior customer service. For more information visit

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Lifelong friend Irma Garcia with owner Moctesuma Esparza

Workers finish the sign at Maya Cinemas

2 Comments to “Maya Cinemas Opens Third Location in East County”

  1. Neil says:

    Is that Irma Garcia the actress? I remember her in Losing it with Tom Cruise. Wasn’t she in American Me with Edward James Olmos?

    • Publisher says:

      I didn’t know that! Good for Irma. I now know she was the bride in the wedding scene in American Me. Cool!
      Thanks for the info, Neil.
      Allen Payton

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