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I always assumed it started life as a 5-plex, but a recent posting on Cinematour lists “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opening at the Factoria 3. My best guess is the 3 northeast auditoriums came first, making the original place similar, if not identical, to the Totem Lake Cinemas and the Sehome Cinemas. Then the 2 larger auditoriums (one 70mm capable) were added to the west. Judging by the interior and comparable SRO builds they were pre-1983. The 3 southeast auditoriums were added in 1985 I believe. Their interior is post-1983 SRO. For anyone who was a fan of SRO Theatres (arguably the best chain in the Northwest in the late ‘70s and early '80s) this is a well preserved example of 2, if not 3 styles of their theatres. Unfortunately Cineplex Odeon took over the SRO chain in 1986. I don’t think this place will be around much longer. AMC has not converted it to digital, which it has done to everything else in the area, including (surprisingly) the Oak Tree 6 in Seattle (SRO’s last build in 1986).
I just wish somebody could take the “Bigfoot” name off the Crest.
I am sure Mission Impossible will give the Regent the biggest crowds it has had in a while. Decent theatre. Should get better bookings now that it is only one of 3 screens remaining in Westwood.
Long Live GCC!
I always thought they could have fit 3 more screens in the Lobby of the 6-plex.
Is the “Ballroom” the lobby?
“The owners are probably trying to sell it to someone to use as retail or a resturant.”
That worked so well for the NuWilshire.
Their website lists showtimes beyond the 27th.
Is the Culver Plaza closing?
The Arclight and Grove really killed the Sunset 5 by stealing high profile independent films. The Sunset is unfortunately located right between those 2 so cannot play films showing at either one.
For Puget Sound drive in buffs there is still the Skyline Drive In in Shelton, WA…its just on the other side of Puget Sound.
I would think the Avco would be their only option is Westwood if they are not building from the ground up. I wonder if they are negotiating to take over the Mann in Westlake Village.
Hopefully the Chinese can start booking better things than Horror Films and Family Films that the Arclight doesn’t want.
Re-linking to thread.
Brade48 – what sort of renovations are they doing at the 6?
Robert – I hope the screening of Fright Night was only sparsely attended because Hollywood hasn’t learned that they need to stop remaking films from the ‘80’s and come up with something new.
Are they moving to a discount model?
Those return engagements Danny mentioned are replacing Apollo 18 and Shark Night. I imagine they could have just booked Gigli to replace those and done just as well.
Anyone know what the seat counts were here?
Some notable exclusive engagements late in its life were Return of the Jedi and Romancing the Stone. GCC played a lot of Fox and Universal films in the day.
I think I begged before but there must be a picture of the pre-split main auditorium out there somewhere!!
The Chinese and Chinese 6 have 100% 1st run product this week. No move-overs!
I am bummed I missed out on the Exchange on my last LA trip. Caught a flick at the Marketplace though.
They’re pretty slow to update their website.
Currently used as a church.
Who is running the place?
Will be interesting to see if they play same day and date as the Pacific 18 like Mann does or if they will opt for different programming.