Regency Village Theatre

961 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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nickmatonak
nickmatonak on April 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

There is a lot of info on the Fairfax Cinema treasures page at
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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Regency HAD the Fairfax when it closed. Allegedly, the building owner is intentionally not repairing the theatre so he can shuffle it off to the highest bidder. Anyone care to clarify?

hillsmanwright
hillsmanwright on April 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Yet, Regency actually did it. Thus, salvation. Everything else is just hot air. Hope the same companies are negotiating to take over the Chinese, Fairfax, etc.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on April 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Celebrate the salvaging of the Village and Bruin? Give me a break!

The Village and Bruin theatres were never in any danger. A number of companies were in talks with the owners to take over the buildings once Mann announced they weren’t renewing their lease.

BradE41
BradE41 on April 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Sounds like a great even. I’m going to have to try and make it.

nickmatonak
nickmatonak on April 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

All About the Regency Village, Regency Bruin & Majestic Crest Theatres
A free, comprehensive history presentation and insider’s tour of three beloved landmark historic theatres
A chance to see and appreciate these theatres as never before…

Saturday, April 17, 9:15am; doors open at 9:00am
Event begins at the Regency Village Theatre, 961 Broxton, L.A., 90024 and
Ends at the Majestic Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood, L.A., 90024
www.regencymovies.com & www.westwoodcrest.com
Plentiful parking in Westwood
Free Admission. The Public is Invited.

Celebrate Regency Theatres’ recent salvation of the Village and Bruin and learn about their rich histories – including several “face-lifts”. Take an insider’s tour to generally forbidden off-limits areas. Then, walk over to the Majestic Crest â€" slightly detouring en route to say hello to Marilyn Monroe and friends â€" and discover how this former legit house reinvented itself via Disney, Pacific Theatres, and Robert Bucksbaum.
Three amazing single screen historic theatres, a cemetery chockfull of the famous and dead, and a chance to rediscover Westwood – all in one Saturday morning!

POWERPOINT HISTORIES â€" researched and presented by theatre historian Ed Kelsey. See how the Village, Bruin and Majestic Crest have changed over the years. What’s original? What’s Skouras? What’s Disney? Hear the stories of these great theatres from their beginnings through today.
TOUR BEHIND-THE-SCENES â€" get a real insider’s look.
DISCOVER â€" how you can support the continuing successful operation of these historic gems.
EDUCATE & ADVOCATE â€" find out how you can become actively involved in LAHTF’s ongoing theatre preservation work around SoCal. Brief updates on the Friends of the Fairfax, Inglewood Fox Theatre Alliance, Grauman’s Chinese, Golden Gate, Atlantic, and LA’s Broadway Theatres.

Regency Village Theatre (1931 â€" Percy Parke Lewis) formerly Village, Fox Westwood Village, Mann Village
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Regency Bruin Theatre (1937 â€" S. Charles Lee)
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Majestic Crest (1940 â€" Arthur W. Hawes) Westwood, UCLAN, Metro, Pacific Crest, Crest, Westwood Crest
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Join the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation on FaceBook – View link

Many people are fascinated by the architecture of fantasy so beautifully on display in Southern California’s great historic theatres. People are also curious about how the theatres work. What does it look like backstage? What do the performers see when they look out across the footlights? Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation’s “All About” series gives the public an insider’s look at these wonderful theatres and share parts of their histories – good and bad – as a way to encourage people to become actively involved in protecting and ensuring their futures.
The LAHTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and supporting the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres. For more information visit www.lahtf.org

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on April 7, 2010 at 12:39 am

I thank God for Regency saving the Village and Bruin theatres, I saw Revenge Of The Sith at the Village twice and it will always be my favorite Star Wars memory (well after seeing the first one when I was a kid of course!).

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on April 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm

LAHTF’s next “All About” will be a celebration of Regency Theatres taking over the Village and Bruin theaters. April 17, 9 a.m. Details to follow.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I have moved my 2 film clubs' events for “The Losers” from Arclight Hollywood to the Village. Thanks for the heads up, Brad!

BradE41
BradE41 on April 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Regency website has posted THE LOSERS as coming April 23rd to the Village, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET April 30 at the Bruin.

Cliffs
Cliffs on April 2, 2010 at 5:10 am

That’s more like it-

segask
segask on April 2, 2010 at 12:09 am

“segask,
Not that I don’t totally love the outright doom and gloom you’re pontificating (and before the change has even taken place, no less), but I’m hopeful that Regency….”

—posted by Cliff…

LOL, good grief, look at me. Here Regency has stepped in and saved what is just about my most favorite movie theater and my first reaction is to be Mr. Pessimistic.

Let me try that again. From the bottom of my heart, I thank Regency and wish them the best of luck with the village and bruin theaters. Hopefully this is the beginning of the comeback we’ve all been hoping for in westwood.

William
William on April 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm

xaverian, Ted Mann purchased the troubled 276 screen National General Theatre chain in 1973 and sold it in 1986.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Totally forgot to mention the Lido. That place is fantastic. Decor is lovely, sound is excellent and the screen is nice (except for 2:35:1 films…major cropping issues).

xaverian
xaverian on April 1, 2010 at 2:58 am

Thanks Chris and William for the info on Lyndon Golin. I have also heard that he has been an extraordianry caretaker and protector of the Lido in Newport Beach. So I feel that these crown jewels of the once great Mann chain are now in good hands.

I know how enormously proud Ted Mann was of all his theaters, especially the Bruin and the Village. Sad to see that Mann Theaters is now just a shell of its former self. Once the 8th largest theater chain in the country and arguably the most prestigious and important of all the chains for much of the time from 1970-2000, it has fallen far.

BradE41
BradE41 on March 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Yes. The Arclight Hollywood screens are truly exceptional. I usually hate multiplexes, but all the screens are worthy of praise…even the small ones. I guess I should have read what you a bit closer.

I think Regency will treat the Village and Bruin like Royalty. They seem hungry to be exhibitionists and they could really make a name with these theatres. Mann really lost interest in Westwood, but I will give them props for maintaining them. They still look great, and the presentations never suffered.

Cliffs
Cliffs on March 31, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Brad… 15, your right. I always think of the 14 as the total number and not just the new screens.

But you didn’t really read what I wrote. I said regardless of the technical merits of The Dome. I was speaking of the pure Arclight experience. Not the movie viewing experience, but the overall experience (which I assume you agree with since you have nothing but praise for Arclight otherwise).

Now imagine if they took all of the best from the Arclight experience and utilized it at The Village and Bruin? I hope Regency treats The Village and The Bruin better than other theaters because they are.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on March 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I drove 120 miles last month to see a movie here on the fear it would be closing. Even enduring Book of Eli was worth it, for this theater holds the best movie going memories I can remember. To hear it is not going to close, was the best news I have heard in a long time.

Seeing Grease in 1978 or so here was the first time I went to Westwood and the first time I really ‘noticed’ the presentation of films, and would go back at least twice a month with friends to catch films there. Thank heavens it survived.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Village & Bruin will remain THX Certified. That’s good to hear!

William
William on March 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Lyndon and Andy Golin are former projectionists from Local 150 in Los Angeles. Their sister managed the former Cineplex Beverly Center, before going to work for DTS. Their father bought and sold projection equipment from Canada. They were partners with another former Cineplex manager on that former Edwards Azuza plex and University 3 near USC area.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 31, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Co-sign 100% w/Cliff.

I’ve only encountered Lyndon Golin via email, but it’s clear to me that he is truly passionate about film. He REALLY helped out my (former) Orange County film club and my (current) LA area film club by granting us access to the Regency line of theaters – discounts on concessions, club shoutouts before the film, etc. In OC we stood with amazement as he & his team resurrected the South Coast Village 3 from the hands of Regal – new seats, digital sound & adapting Arclight’s famous trademark of introducing the film to the audience before it starts. The place has brand new life because of his work.

I am confident that Mr. Golin will do all he can to breathe new life back into these twin towers of Westwood Village.

Flix70
Flix70 on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Looks like Regency will kick things off at the Village with “Hot Tub Time Machine” on Thursday, Apr 1.

BradE41
BradE41 on March 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

The Dome has 14 theatres adjacent to it. As much as I like the Dome I have to disagree about it being the greatest movie experience. Personally, I always hope that a film is showing at one of the Arclight theatres also. To me the Dome does not always provide the best experience. It was not designed for alot of films. The curved screen sometimes hides information, once it hid subtitled dialog from view when I was watching a film. But that is my opinion. To me The Village is still the best overall movie viewing experience of the L.A. BIG SCREENS.

I have to say I do like the regular Arclight screens. The high ceilings, the perfect distance from the screen and the overall layout if quite pleasing for a multiplex. It obviously was designed for ‘the experience’ and not to just fill seats. Unlike The Grove and the AMC Century 15, which I find both just flat out terrible places to watch films.

tarantex
tarantex on March 31, 2010 at 5:04 am

lyndon, i dont know if you remember me I use to work for CinePlex in san francisco, where is Ron Faucett? how is your sister ? wheres Larry Oya? my email is here let me know if you know where they are Nice to see your the president of a Great Company Congrats!