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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.
I go to Arclight at least once a week and have no issues with projection, sound or anything. Next to the Village Westwood it is still the best moviegoing experience in L.A.
I went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes yesterday at the Dome and loved it. The presentation was quite nice; I have not been in the Dome itself for many years even though I go to Arclight almost every weekend. It is great that it remains open and even with the refurbishing has not strayed far from what it originally was.
I love it!
Posting what is being booked at the Chinese is part of the recent discussion. Over the past few years it has been neglected as far as quility or even quantity of bookings by Mann. Since this is undisputed the Most Famous Movie theatre in the world and is a treasure there has always been discussion about the topic. I do not think anyone uses it to want 15 minutes or turn it into Facebook, it is part of the general discussion quite often in this string.
I disagree, The Chinese can stay a movie theatre if utilized correctly. They just need to keep films booked so they are not there a eternity. Mann kept The Book of Eli in the main house for 9 weeks, 7 more than it should have. The Cinerama Dome keeps the flow going and never lets the momentum slow down for it.
The Final Destination 5 3D is up now for Pre-Sale at the Main theatre, an for 2D at the Chinese 6. Opens Aug 12.
Great theatre. One of biggest losses in LA county. The AMC 15 is a dump compared to this theatre.
The 1978 photo is when this theatre rocked. GCC had a great theatre back then. I miss those days.
I love the new photos. Quite a few are from when I worked there. Altered States, Firefox.
The photos newly added just want to make me cry. We will never have theatres like this ever again. I love the newly added photos from the early 70’s.
I tried to rotate this and the Regent Westwood and Fox Hollywood cards I posted. If mod could fix I would appreciate it. These are the missing WW / HWD Mann cards.
The Chinese (probably in the 6 plex) is getting THE SMURFS next Friday.
I’m not sure about how far in advance chains book; when I worked at the Village (1980-1983) we knew at Christmas time what we were getting during the Summer months.
It sounds like the new owners are into showing films. There is a slew of great films with potential during the Fall/Christmas period. I would imagine the Chinese will be well feed with good product.
Arclight had Cowboys & Aliens, Attack the Block, Crazy Stupid, The Devil’s Double, Captain America, Friends with Benefits, Another Earth as coming attractions on the showtimes board in the lobby. Plus they have the one sheet posted for Cowboys & Aliens. Unless the booking is falling through they are getting it at Arclight. Not sure what Chinese could get…maybe The Smurfs? Final Destination 5?
There is enough product for both Chinese and Arclight to do well. Mann got lazy, hopefully new owners will continue to show love. I would guess pretty much all the new bookings this Summer were set by Mann before the sale and we will not see booking changes until this Fall/Winter.
I’m not taking sides…I’m glad both theatres exist and will support both.
I was at Arclight yesterday, they are getting Cowboys & Aliens. Pretty much every big film within the next 3 weeks they are getting. But from the sound of it, the Chinese can get by with Harry Potter for the bulk of the Summer.
Honestly, I think the last time I went to the UA Marina was in 1983 with a few friends to see The Big Chill in the largest screen. It is surprising it has stayed open this long considering how terrible the theatres are. In the 70’s I thought they were bad, cannot image how they are now.
I went to Ameoba records and noticed a couple Billboards on the side of the bldg For Harry Potter at the Chinese. They were advertising Free Popcorn with admission.