Regency Bruin Theatre

948 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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MovieDude on October 27, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Thanks, William! I have a call into Carl. Another projectionist recommended I do the same in contacting him.

I’ve done the platter projectionist thing back in Ohio for what was $3.50/hr, I think. Tragic. That was over ten years ago. I still think there are niches of opportunity out here, I just imagine they’re not to the multitude of Hollywood’s former glory.

Thanks, again!

MovieDude on October 27, 2006 at 12:59 pm

Thanks, William! I have a call into Carl. Another projectionist recommended I do the same in contacting him.

I’ve done the platter projectionist thing back in Ohio for what was $3.50/hr, I think. Tragic. That was over ten years ago. I still think there are niches of opportunity out here, I just imagine they’re not to the multitude of Hollywood’s former glory.

Thanks, again!

William on October 26, 2006 at 2:50 pm

Try calling Local-150 and talk to Carl the Business Agent about work in the Los Angeles area. Because theatre projection does not pay the good rates as it once did. Because most of the staffing is done by the managers & assistants or the ushers types nowadays. Your about 10 years late on making fair money at this trade in Los Angeles. I use to work the Bel-Air circuit in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Malibu and the studio stuff, when I was based in Los Angeles. There was so much work and theatres to work at that time. Other then working in management or as a usher/projectionist, you might give Carl a call.

MovieDude on October 26, 2006 at 12:48 pm


Hey Gang! My name is Todd and I learned the trade on carbon-arc projectors in college back in 1988. I currently freelance as a projectionist in Los Angeles in people’s private homes, at talent agencies, etc. I also work the Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival in January.

I’m wondering if any esteemed and tenured fellow projectionists know of any full or part-time work at your own wonderful venues or in the L.A. area in general. I simply love this work…and have the greatest respect for it!

Thanks in advance for any help!

William on June 30, 2006 at 8:57 am

The theatre had these nice side wall lights at one time, but they removed them during one of the later remodels.

JodarMovieFan on May 6, 2006 at 4:12 am

Thanks, William. The interior doesn’t look as nice or ornate as my memory of the Westwood, but more like a studio screening room.

William on May 5, 2006 at 6:40 pm

Here a few shots from the Mann Theatres site.

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JodarMovieFan on May 5, 2006 at 6:04 pm

How about some interior shots? I’ve been to the Westwood, across the street, in ‘01 and saw Planet of the Apes there. They have a killer sound system (THX certified) but the screen is a bit small. It can’t be much larger/smaller than Baltimore’s Senator.

kencmcintyre on December 4, 2005 at 11:44 am

Here is a photo of the foyer, circa 1937, from UCLA collection:

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Joe Vogel on November 30, 2005 at 7:59 pm

If you refer to the concave wall with giant fluting above the marquee, that was a common feature of many buildings, whether theatres or retail shops, all around Los Angeles during the Art Moderne period. Another theatre with a similar feature was the Arden in Lynwood, a few miles southeast of downtown. If you refer to that splendid round marquee, that was a feature of several theatres that occupied corner locations, including the RKO Hillstreet, the Warner Downtown, and the Wiltern.

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[Deleted] on November 30, 2005 at 7:09 pm

The facade looks similar to the Trylon Theater’s facade in Queens, N.Y. Did other theaters have this feature?

UKuser on November 2, 2005 at 3:46 am


T'he Los Angeles Theatre' on South Broadway, LA is playing host to the UK television show ‘Dead Famous LIVE’. We are currently looking for people who would like to come along as part of the studio audience.

‘Dead Famous LIVE’ is a studio entertainment show all about Hollywood History and the paranormal. We will be welcoming celebrity guests on to the show and investigating famous locations around Hollywood which are rumoured to be haunted including the Los Angeles Theatre itself.

This is an invaluable chance to get access to the Los Angeles Theatre, the place where Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ premiered in 1931 and to have a thoroughly great day out! (And its free!!)

We’re transmitting ‘Live’ back to the United Kingdom so expect it to be exciting and fun!

We will be filming on three days from 11th – 13th November between 11.30am – 4pm. If you are interested in coming on one or all of these days then email me for tickets!


I look forward to your responses!

suller on September 14, 2005 at 6:59 pm

I am currently the union projectionist/engineer for The Mann Bruin, Westwood, and other Mann theatres in the Westwood area. I have been here since april 2003. The Bruin is still a first run theatre, and is often used as “overflow house” for the big premieres across the street at The Village. It is also still host of its own premieres. The last one was Dreamworks’ Red Eye in August 2005. I am very interested in any pictures or film shot at The Bruin over the years. Please let me know….

webfox on May 19, 2005 at 8:48 pm

I worked as projectionist at the Bruin from 1975 until 1997. I ran some great films there, lots of premiers.“All the President’s Men” was the first premier I worked. Quite often, I would meet celebs there. Biggies I remember were “Terms of Endearment” played there exclusive for several months.As William (above)wrote, The Bruin installed 70mm in 1978. I was working there at the time and worked on the installation of the Norelco AAII Projectors. As he said “Capricorn One” was the 1st of many 70mm pix to play there.Some of the HUGE Boxoffice pix in 70mm were “Road Warrior” Blade Runner"
I have pictures of many of the marquees, as well as pix of the projection installation. I also made a short comedy film called “Walk-In' at the Bruin and used theatre staff to play customers. People still laugh when I run this film. Soon hope to make this available on DVD. Anyone interested?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 22, 2005 at 8:39 am

The photo posted by J.F. Lundy above has “Boy Meets Girl” playing on the marquee which dates it at 1938, a year after the Bruin opened.

scooty on August 6, 2004 at 1:37 am

Like Westwood itself, the Bruin is in need of a makeover inside.

jflundy on July 18, 2004 at 7:10 pm

Here is an opening year photo at this link:

genordell on July 13, 2004 at 6:07 pm

Mann altered their website, official webpage / showtimes now at
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edward on March 19, 2004 at 3:03 am

Website for Mann’s Premiere Theatres:
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William on February 12, 2002 at 1:37 pm

The Bruin became a 70mm house in 1978. The first film to play in 70mm was “Capricorn One” from Warner Bros.. The two Norelco AAII projectors came from the Carthay Circle theatre. The #2 machine head was changed out in the early 90’s.

BHousos on January 15, 2002 at 10:18 pm

Correction: The Bruin opened in 1937. Architect was S. Charles Lee.

AdamGarrie on September 29, 2001 at 12:42 am

This theatre was built in 1931 the same year as the larger Village across the street. It was as well a Fox West Coast Theatre. In the 70’s it became a 70mm theatre and is state of the art today.