Regency Village Theatre

961 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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trooperboots
trooperboots on January 19, 2005 at 4:31 am

The Village theater in Westwood was less than a year old on January 11, 1932, when it was the site of a murder. Detective Lieut. Hugh A. Crowley of the Los Angeles Police Dept. (who worked for the office of the chief), went to the theater after a call. Unknown to him were two robbery suspects who were in building in the act of committing their crime… and they heard him enter. They hid, and saw him go into the theater office, then walked over and waited just outside the door. When he emerged, they shot him to death. Before he died, the detective. who was a great shot, was able to pull out his revolver and shoot the gun from one of the mens hand. The detective died a few moments later on the floor of the lobby. There is a photo showing the scene taken just after the incident on file at the Los Angeles Public Library, but it is graphic, so I decided that those who are interested can go there and look it up on line for themselves at http://www.lapd.org

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 3, 2005 at 3:16 am

Some additional photos are here….

Aerial photo of the area in 1936 showing the theater (upper left) and a Ralphs Market at the lower right….. are any of these buildings still there from that time?

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics47/00043060.jpg

Other photos showing the interior in the early 30s….

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trooperboots
trooperboots on January 3, 2005 at 3:09 am

Here is a photo of the premier of “A Millionaire for Christy” in 1951.

The man being interviewed is the famed theater manager Charles Skouras.

http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015730.jpg

Among the stars who attended were Bette Davis, Ronald Reagan and Nancy, among others.
Here is a photo of the theater exterior that same night….

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics18/00028685.jpg

BradE41
BradE41 on December 20, 2004 at 6:20 pm

The Village is FAR FROM rundown. I was there for ALEXANDER and it looks great. Along with The Arclight in Hollywood, Mann Village is the Best Theatre in Los Angeles County.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on October 1, 2004 at 1:40 am

A long time ago: “plinfesty > Jun 5, 2003 9:28 PM EDT
The first 70mm attraction at the Village was "2001: A Space Odyssey” in the fall of 1974."

scooty
scooty on August 6, 2004 at 4:13 am

A very nice theater, though like all Westwood places becoming a bit rundown. It’s amazing how far Westwood has fallen since its 70’s/early 80’s glory period. Back then so many people crowded the streets you had to park blocks away and take a shuttle, and no cars were allowed in the area. By the late 80’s, it became a hip place for gangs to hang out, and after a shooting where a tourist was killed, the area was quickly abandoned.

During the school year, the area’s old single-screen theaters still fill up with UCLA kids. As a result audiences are sometimes a bit on the young/impolite/unsophisticated side, but definitely full of energy.

jflundy
jflundy on July 18, 2004 at 7:27 pm

Here is a 1930’s shot showing Village with Bruin on nearside right of street:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015716.jpg

genordell
genordell on July 13, 2004 at 6:01 pm

Mann revised their website: official webpage / showtimes now at
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edward
edward on March 19, 2004 at 3:05 am

Website for Mann’s Premiere Theatres:
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BHousos
BHousos on August 25, 2002 at 1:25 am

The architect for this theater was P.O. Lewis.

William
William on August 21, 2001 at 4:37 pm

Before the last remodel the Village seated 1535 people.