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Doubt the Avco will ever see the big screen again. There was talk about Cinépolis entering Westwood. I’d guess they will take over the space and refurbish it. Not really sure anyone is going to do anything major to it though.
Westwood is not a theatre district any longer. But there is no reason to try to turn them into little cafes. Now with the Crest gone and the Avco closing Regency will be able to book more freely and keep the films flowing. It will not be 1980’s capacity but they will not be stuck with films that do not fi the theatre. Westwood will become like Los Feliz with the Village, Bruin and Regent. At this point doubtful a new complex with be errected. I think everyone has resigned themselves to the fact Westwood will not have a big resurgence. I’m pretty sure Regency did not take over the screens expecting anything spactacular.
Wow…the Avco and the Sunset 5 closing on the same week. Sad to see both go. The Sunset 5 will have a new life next year, doubtful the Avco will. I have not been to the Avco in about 5 years. Like everyone else I did not see the reason when there are better venues. The Avco lost its lustre when they split the large theatre.
Sad to see Laemmle leaving, but I am glad Sundance is taking over. Arclight mostly killed the Sunset 5 buzz; Grove really does not book too much Indie and Foreign Language films.
Laemmle probably wants to place more energy on the Noho7 which has big potential for them. North Hollywood seems to have gained the edge that West Hollywood is losing. I really think the Noho theatres will be a success for Laemmle.
Glendale? Really? I thought it was decided that the Pacific theatres were enough for that area.
Last time I was at the Village this past Summer I thought the sound was still top notch.
They seem to do well enough with event films like Harry Potter, Inception etc. But obviously The Three Musketeers is not pulling them in. But you can probably find not very many people seeing Musketeers at the AMC Century City either. If a film is bad people will not go to a theatre to see it anywhere.
Regency pretty much went into the leases knowing they were not going to re-create 1981. It seems like a prestige thing with them, they have lots of premieres and pretty much the success of the other theatres in the chain make up for these theatres not really raking in the green. NO WAY should they turn the Village into a bargain theatre. We all should go to these theatres whenever we can. I’ll go see J. EDGAR at the Village in a few weeks.
If the Avco closes and WW ends up with only the Village, Bruin and Regent it will turn into Los Feliz pretty much. They will have pick of films and will probably have short 2 week engagements and will keep the flow going. Westwood is really not a theatre district anymore. But they can still show movies.
Yes, the Festival would be most logical choice for dinner theatre because of the Resturant spaces it sits between. But I cannot imagine a single screen with that format really working. I’d love to see the Festival open again. It is a nice theatre, nice sizs screen with great sight lines and comfy balcony.
The AVCO’s real estate property is pretty valuable and I think in its current condition is expendable. My opinion is we are seeing the last days of the theatre.
Parking is terrible in Westwood. The cheaper parking lots I used to park in are gone.
I think the Landmark 12’s success really hurt the Crest the most. The Crest used to be able to open First Run Independent films and would get an audience. Now those films go to Landmark first and instead. The Crest should probably be converted into a Guild theatre, along with periodic Retrospective and Special Engagements.
Probably the AVCO, the only other theatres could be the Crest or the Festival (which has been stripped). The whole dinner theatre is obnoxious. Can’t people just nibble on some popcorn? Why does there need to be dinner service? I’m getting to the point where I hate going to the movies. Film exhibition is going to the toilet. If it weren’t for Archlight Hollywood, the Village and Bruin I would never go.
Mark, not really sure
In Hollywood, face-lifts are pretty common, especially for an icon that is nearly 85 years old.
But this upgrade is expected to cost at least $2 million and draw close inspections by thousands of fans.
The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood is undergoing a renovation that will include a restaurant to serve gourmet food and a renovated lobby that will be used to host parties of up to 1,000 guests, according to the new owners of the theater. The theater recently added a new seating reservation system as part of the upgrades.
The face-lift should be completed by early November, said entrepreneur Elie Samaha, who bought the theater in May along with movie producers Don Kushner and Steve Markoff from a partnership between Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures parent Viacom Inc.
Samaha called the theater Hollywood’s most popular tourist attraction and said he wants to see it enjoyed by out-of-town visitors and Hollywood insiders.
“What we love about Hollywood is the history,” he said. “And we want to preserve that.”
The theater is scheduled to host about 40 movie premieres by the end of the year. With its upstairs lobby converted to a ballroom, the theater will be able to host after-parties and other private events, Samaha said.
“We pretty much want to do more premieres,” he added.
The single-screen theater — known for its giant, red Chinese pagoda, signature Chinese dragon guard dogs and cement footprints and handprints of Hollywood celebrities — was declared a historic and cultural landmark in 1968.
Warner and Viacom acquired the theater in 2001 along with six other theaters owned by Encino-based Mann Theatres after the chain declared bankruptcy in the face of rising competition.
Warner and Viacom have been trying to sell the theater for more than a year but had struggled to find a buyer. The details of the deal were not disclosed.
The Three Musketeers 3D opens Oct 21 Main theatre and 6 Plex. In addition the Chinese will (again) host the AFI Festival Nov 3-10. Opening Night Premiere Clint Eastwood’s J.EDGAR. It appears the 6 plex is getting renovation now to provide a Restuarant Atmosphere, to open in November. The renovation is why the 6 plex is closed for weekday matinees.
Chinese will be getting THE THING remake/reboot First Run on Oct. 14. Could be somewhat of a hit for the theatre.
No. Real Steel is booked at the El Capitan for 2 weeks.
The Chinese 6 appears to be dropping early matinee shows during the week (or at least next Monday through Thursday). They seem to be picking up new product though with What’s Your Number and will host Screamfest 2011 at the Chinese 6 on Oct 14.
This does not sound temporary. It sounds like they are walking away from it and putting for sale. Too bad American Cinemateque has the Aero because the Crest would be great for a Repertory theatre like the Egyptian. Having 2 theatres on the Westside would be too much.
Westwood is going to turn into Los Feliz. Once the Crest and Avco close there will only be the Village, Bruin and Regent in the heart of Westwood. It will be less of a district and instead will just be a few theatres in one area.
At this point you could reserve a row. They were able to get 2 tentpole films over the Summer but the Fall is not looking to good (so far).
Oh, okay. I know that they had a few theatres already set up for digital, with The Debt it was apparent that it was. AMC has gone crazy converting pretty much all their screens including all 4 AVCO. I guess that is where it is all headed.
Is digital needed for 3D?
So why are we supposed to hate digital? I was at Arclight Hollywood Saturday to see The Debt, thought the presentation was perfect as usual.
Sorry, I have to disagree. The Arclight Hollywood is the best thing to happen to Los Angeles movie exhibition in decades.
The AVCO really lost any lustre it had when they split the large theatre. The 80’s are when all the Westwood theatres thrived. Once Century City and Santa Monica took off the theatres in WW had drops, but with the Landmark 12, the newer Century City AMC and the Grove all doing well WW really took a severe nosedive. A resurgence for WW seems unlikely in the near future. Unless the owner give some kind of break, the AVCO seems nearing its end. That property is not great for retail. My guess either an office building or Apartments will be built there in the future.
Not really inticing at that price. Cannot imagine anyone jumping on the lease. AMC’s must run out soon. One day it will probably just close and be another empty shell in Westwood. Sad.
I would imagine the lease on it would be quite high. The profits seem to be less than stellar these days. I’m not really sure who would take it over as it is. My guess is it will slowly fade a away, be demolished, and something else will be built. Westwood is not on the map as a movie destination these days and is slowly turning into Beverly Hills. Now all we have is fond memories of the days that it thrived.
I do not think they expect Conan to do very well overall. They are probably obligated to offer some 2D showings and usually offer a non Dome showing of each film. I just checked, as of 11am Friday opening day they have only pre-sold about 90 tickets for the 8pm DOME Show. We are not talking about a blockbuster title. The Summer movie season is pretty much over.
This theatre opened in 1976 as a Tri Plex and by mid 80’s the larger theatre was split into 2 theatres. My family used to spend the latter part of Summer in Del Mar. I went here frequently. My first recollection was in ‘76 when I saw a DF of Bad News Bears and Paper Moon. Is it really demolished?
Unfortunately the days of long engagements, platform booking and roadshow bookings are long gone. A big part of the Chinese decline (along with the Village, National, etcis because of the huge and ever changing shift in exhibition. Cinemas are just a platform to launch films for optical, streaming, cable and whatever long term life they will have.
When I was growing up a film would play at the Chinese for 2 or 3 months, then go wide and either have a Network TV run a few years later or would get theatrical re-issues years later.
Today a film will make most of its theatrical revenue the first month, and then it is gone from theatres forever. A theatre like the Chinese has to continue to move product through every few weeks and even then if the film sucks it is a large empty theatre. The Cinerama Dome was saved because of Arclight cinemas attached, but sadly the Chinese 6 theatres have not nursed the big theatre.
Sadly, there is no significance in opening a film at the Chinese anymore. Pretty much alot of the discussion the past couple years has been about that exact subject. “Was” is the key word.