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At this point I would say it is safe to assume that Westwood is a dead theatre district. It is gone the way of Beverly Hills. There is no reason to Arclight the Village, re-open the Crest or even attempt to make a success of the Avco. Westwood has had its day and I think it is time to put the final nail in the coffin. It is now kind of like a Los Feliz type of zone.
The Dinner theatre is a different subject; Yeah I know they are popular NOW, but it is a novelty and novelties always ware off. My bet is this AVCO will open nicely but will be gone 10 years from now
Looks like this weekend is the closing weekend. The Laemmle website only has showtimes through Sunday the 5th.
I think exhibitors are going the wrong direction. They are compromising presentation for profit and driving people away. I’m spoiled because I grew up with the greatest theatres in Los Angeles, All of Westwood, The Plitt Century Plaza, Picwood, The Criterion, Aero, Wilshire Santa Monica, Monica TWINS, a slew of single screens in Beverly Hills and a Blvd of theatres in Hollywood including the Pantages to see films.
We actually almost lost the Dome when the Arclight was being designed. Thankfully it did not happen, now
the Arclight saved the Dome and remains an important venue for films.
AMC monster plexes, the DINNER theatres, the over-hyped 3D and IMAX IMO have destroyed the integrity of film Exhibition. There is rumor of a exclusive 70MM showing of PT Anderson’s The Master at the Village Westwood. That would be wonderful…I’ll be there.
The plans for the AVCO are really sad and desperate. There is nothing appealing to me about it and I think it will fail.
This is awful. People are rude and unruly as it is in movies these days. Can’t people stop eating long enough to watch a damn movie? Film exhibition is in the toilet. If it weren’t for Arclight Hollywood and hanging on Village I don’t think I would ever go to the movies.
About time. I’ve missed having theatres in that location.
I worked at the Village when they showed 70MM films. There was a period when we had one right after another. Good for Regency and for the Village.
This theatre appears to be taken over by Regency begining June 15.
I did appreciate it was still film being projected. It reminded me a bit of the Sunset 5 more than Arclight.
Okay, so after 5 years I decided to make a visit to The Landmark yesterday. I wanted to see Polisse and this was my only theatre choice. Overall, the service was good and the theatres look nice. I’m still going to say Arclight Hollywood is a stronger venue. The Landmark’s screens are way too close to the seating; Arclight Hollywood has more space between 1st row and the screens and overall has better sightlines. For the film I saw the Landmark was sufficient. But I do not see me going there unless totally necessary.
Nothing replaced the National. The Village and Bruin are well kept and still as wonderful as they have ever been. The Villag, Bruin and Landmark Regent are the only operating theatres in Westwood Village currently.
The new operators do feel the history of the Village and Bruin. I’d guess they knew they are not cash cows like they once were. But they are so iconic that I think they really helped legitimize Regency theatres. I would guess they are not exactly seeing huge profits.
That is my take on it.
I’ll try to check it out. It will be insane though. Hopefully people will go to appreciate the theatre and will sit back and absorb and appreciate the films.
The Chinese seems to be doing worse than better since Mann sold it. They have not had a big release since last Summer with Harry Potter. The Reserved Seating is silly considering there is no reason to expect a sell out. It seems like the Chinese is just a tourist attraction and a venue for premieres and nothing else.
The first row of the balcony was perfect. Back when it was the UA Westwood was when the theatre was the best. It along with the Regent and Plaza where were many indie and now Cult films opened with big, big crowds. I still remember seeing Robert Altman’s 3 Women there and coming out thinking WTF??? :–) I was 14 years only and just did not get it.
This theatre and the National being gone hurt more than the loss of the Avco in my opinion. Sadly this will never see the light of day again as a movie theatre.
The Avco officially Re-opened as a 4 plex in November 1993; Carlito’s Way on 2 screens, My Life and The Three Musketeers were the premiere films with the remodel. I went openening day to see Carlito’s Way.
Back in 2003 when Daredevil was released the The Landmark 12 did not exist, and the AMC Century City was 14 screens was only 3,800 seats (Not sure what seat count is for the 15 plex). The Village still did big business on new releases, heck even the National was near selling out in 2002/2003 with Spiderman (Selling Out), Sum of All Fears, Italian Job and a few other big titles. Patrons have moved on.
The Landmark 12 and AMC 15 along with the ever thriving Grove and Arclight really hit Westwood hard. 400 is about as big as the Village will get these days (Maybe more this Summer with Dark Knight Returns). This year Regency will probably make ther biggest b.o. from the theatre because of the Avco being closed and short one and two week bookings. I really do not see the Village and Bruin returning to the glory days the once had.
I think people are figity enough watching a film without having the interputions of a waiter taking pates and filling glasses. Movies should be movies and restuarants should be resturants. I’m just a old grouch who wants a good film with a great presentation. No 3D! No food service! No taking and texting! Just a quiet well mannered audience to watch a film with.
I do not understand the appeal of DINE-IN movies. Can’t we just have nice theatres with a nice presentation and comfy seats? What is the appeal oh having a steak brought to you while you are watching a film? There should be no distractions at all when watching a film. AMC is really a trashy theatre chain. They are wrecking film exhibition.
With the Avco temporarily closed Regency has been having short 1 and 2 week bookings for the Village. They have CHRONICLE (this Fri) STAR WARS PHANTOM MENACE 3D Re-issue (2/10) and GHOST RIDER 2 (2/17). With more product available they do not have to keep films longer than they should.
They will most likely just gut it out and start from scratch. The first floor has quite alot of space for those who remember when it was a large screen. I still have to think it will be somewhat awkward though. Not really sure if it will catch on unless the food is good because I would imagine the presentation of the film will be unimpressive.
We’ll see when it opens I guess. I’ll patronize it quite often I’m sure. It is only a block away from my apartment.
It is a new era indeed. Up until recently studios craved having thier films in the Chinese. But the climate HAS changed; locals hate going there because it is wall to wall tourists. The Arclight presents a more attractive presentation and is stress free. I used to go quite often when Mann was booking it decently. Since the new owners took over I have not been.
I guess it is nice if it keeps films in Westwood. I’m not going to patronize it. The whole concept I find unappealing.
I have the impression Sundance Cinemas are pricey. Not sure how much but they are a high-end theatre chain. It looks like WeHo, Hollywood area is getting to cost. The new owners have the nerve to charge $16.00 but cannot offer decent first run product. Arclight with Membership card and online purchases can run from $12.75 weekend and Saturday matinees and $15.00 evenings, holidays and all day SUnday. Still a better option than sitting in a stale AMC theatre with unruly patrons and endless advertising.
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