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I grew up in Santa Monica and remember going to this theatre once in a while. The last time I was there was in 1977 for a Double Feature of Islands in the Stream and Fun with Dick and Jane, both of which I remember seeing First Run at the National Westwood.
I had the great pleasure of spending 10 days in Paris last month. My hotel; “Hotel des arts montmartre” was across the road 20 feet away from this beautiful theatre. Very small, but comfy cinema. It is the oldest theatre in Paris I was told. I became so frequent that the cashier tried to sell me a Frequent Patron Card. I wish I could be a frequent patron…maybe I will. The 2 new “night” pics I just added.
Very nice. Looks like it will return to MAJESTIC and not BIGFOOT.
Sad News. It was bad enough they were changing to stadium seating NOW IMAX is the final nail in the coffin. Film exhibition is really going down the toilet.
Mann never operated this theatre, Pacific Theatres did.
I walked up to see Amour this Saturday evening. First visit as the Sundance Cinemas. The theatres are very nice, the improvements work well and I found the experience quite pleasing.
It took a while but they will end up ruining the theatre after all. They will go through all these renovations at they will still show crappy movies. Looks like the Chinese theatre is officially dead.
Upgrades and maintaining means nothing if the theatre is poorly booked. It will remain iconic but the lack of “A” titles makes it seem less attractive. They need to get a major chain to book it, or double book with Arclight.
This is the one screen in SM that should remain open. The AMC7 and the BROADWAY 4 are awful. Maybe SM should have less screens, it is probably the boost Westwood needs.
The AMC will probably close or become a 2nd run theatre.
I’m never going to be convinced this is a good thing. I hate interuptions and talking during films. IMO this will never replace Arclight as far as quality in film exhibition. Common…Really? If this is the future of Cinema then I am going to quit going. AMC is killing film exhibition. They are the worst.
RE: HOBBIT: yes, it looks like in addition to the Main theatre it is in all 6 screens in the other theatre.
I wish I had the money to re-open the Fine Arts. I’d show only French films.
Looks like the Village, Westwood is not going to happen. The article seems to indicate ArcLight instead. Too bad.
Looks great. I cannot wait for it to re-open. I’ve missed having a theatre there.
I don’t know. don’t know what the other theatres are in the areas those movies are playing. I’m just guessing that “unless double booked” big blockbusters are not going to show in a 80 seat screen when there are 1,000 seats across Wilshire Blvd. But it is just spectulation on my part, who knows these days. It may not be the powerhouse it once was but I think there is still respect for the Village, studios are still buying big murals for the tower, it still hold premieres there and it may have a 70mm exclusive of The Master this fall. Maybe since iPic theatres are essentially restuarants that show movies they will get day and date with the Village.
There is no chance a film like Dark Knight Rises will get a booking at the iPic over the Village. Regardless of it is sells out or not the Village has more seats and with a film like that a studio wants as many seats as possible. Also, Regency is an official theatre chain. They now have the muscle to outbid iPic because of the other screens they operate.
iPic will get smaller films, maybe indie and some foreign and move overs. They will get films first run films like The Watch and Hope Springs. Dark Knight perhaps on a move-over. In the meantime The Landmark will probably continue to get the return customers, the film lovers who want to just see a movie. iPIc will not cut into that audience.
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.