Brenden Theatres has one foot in the future of movies and one in the past. The company operates seven theaters with more than 90 screens in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Brenden Theatres prides itself on being state-of-the-art, offering stadium seating, glass "Behind the Scenes" projection booths, Internet ticket ATMs, and express concession stands; its Vegas location has a five-story high IMAX theater. The company is owned by founder, president, and CEO John Brenden whose grandfather, Ted Mann, built and ran what is now the Mann Theatres chain in Los Angeles, including Grauman's Chinese Theatre (built in 1926), where the hand and foot prints of Hollywood stars can be found in the cement out front.
In 2008 the company expanded beyond the Northern California and Southern Nevada markets with the purchase of a location in Kingman, Arizona. The Kingman theatre was previously owned by Cinemark.
Brenden's Vegas theater is located in the Palms Casino Resort, off the Las Vegas strip. It is home to the city's annual CineVegas film festival. As a result of the economic recession, the 2010 CineVegas Film Festival was cancelled.
The company was founded in 1990 with the opening of its first movie theater in Pittsburg, California.