Beverly Center 13 Cinemas

8522 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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markinthedark on January 28, 2006 at 6:10 pm

Interesting. Anyone know what happened to the 14th Screen? Perhaps a wall was broken through because the largest house had well over 200 as well as the 2nd largest (the 2 screens on the 9th floor, both with balconies).

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 28, 2006 at 4:17 pm

More from that July 21, 1982 NYTimes article:

“There are 14 movie screens tucked away on the eighth floor of the Beverly Center mall in West Hollywood, not by any means a world record. Cineplex, proprietor of the 14 theaters, holds the Guinness record for its 21-screen complex in Toronto.

“The 14 theaters in the Beverly Center have about 1650 seats. The largest theater has about 200, the smallest 75. Films can be mixed and matched like clothing separates because automated equipment allows one print of a movie to be shown in as many as six theaters at a time….

“Three projectionists are needed to run the 14 projectors. Fourteen projectors are needed, rather than the usual two per theater, because the film is spliced into one continuous loop. It spools onto immense silver platters and never has to be rewound. In the immense rectangular projection booth, black ribbons of film are looped along the walls like live party decorations.

“A computerized system that allows tickets to be bought hours in advance for any performance the same day eliminates waiting in line; the Art Deco concession stand has added cappucino, Perrier, and Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Bar to the usual popcorn, hot dogs, and M&M’s.”

The article lists some of the films showing on opening weekend:

The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (on three screens with 350 seats)
Don’s Party (on two screens with 200 seats)
Garde a Vue
A Week’s Vacation
Quest for Fire
Chariots of Fire
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BradE41 on January 27, 2006 at 5:58 am

There is no listing for the Theatre in today’s L.A. Times so I am assuming it is now gone. The theatre WILL NOT be missed; it really sucked.

markinthedark on January 27, 2006 at 5:33 am

Probably just a misprint…

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 27, 2006 at 3:14 am

I presume this theatre is closed today, as people mentioned in comments on other pages here.

A New York Times article from July 21, 1982, said: “THE largest movie theater complex in the United States opened last week in a new shopping center in Los Angeles. There are 14 movie screens tucked away on the eighth floor of the Beverly Center mall in West Hollywood.” I guess one of the screens must have closed later.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 23, 2006 at 6:12 am

This theatre has no evening showtimes scheduled for Thursday, January 26, only matinees. Since that’s supposed to be the night for changing all the Loews theatres over to AMC, I wonder what’s afoot.

markinthedark on October 17, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Some pictures posted at:
Check out the screen size in relation to the exit door…

br91975 on September 15, 2005 at 8:38 am

You caught me, Mark, just as I was typing my message – good eye…

br91975 on September 15, 2005 at 8:33 am

Both Chuck1231 and lostmemory’s recently posted links are actually links to images of the New Beverly Cinema: /theaters/1156/

MarkNYLA on September 15, 2005 at 8:29 am

Nice pictures, fellas, but wrong theatre. This thread is for the Beverly Center multi-plex, which is in the Beverly Center Mall at the corner of Beverly and La Cienega.

MagicLantern on August 24, 2005 at 11:30 pm

Incredibly small screens and extortionately high ticket prices. The GCC Beverly Connection across the street is completely gone now, too.

kencmcintyre on August 24, 2005 at 6:51 pm

I went to this theater once in the 1980’s. My television at home had a bigger screen than the theater I was in. Good riddance if it closes. Maybe they can level the Beverly Center and bring back the pony rides.

William on August 9, 2005 at 7:17 am

Beverly Center had it’s day. Cineplex ran that theatre into to ground, and I guess Loews finished it off.

That least Pacific Theatre’s Grove gives the neighborhood area the Best show for their money. The former GCC Beverly Connection Theatre did a very good job before the Grove opened and AMC closed it.

br91975 on August 9, 2005 at 6:38 am

Word has it that the Beverly Center Cinemas will be closing sometime within the next 6-12 months and replaced by a location of the Loehmann’s clothing store chain.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on August 8, 2005 at 12:49 pm

The booth is in shambles and has been since it opened. It was not planned out by an architect. There are huge water pipes and electrical conduits right in walkways and along the walls. I was always climbing over or ducking under something while working this maze. One projector has a mirror reflecting the image from the lens to another mirror on the floor and out a floor-port onto a screen. Try focusing this mess! I don’t know how Bobby Popita, the regular projectionist, can stand it.

rivest266 on July 3, 2005 at 12:09 pm

This was built by Cineplex, this was their 1st US theatre after building miniplexes in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada.

br91975 on June 26, 2005 at 4:13 am

Looking at fellow Cinema Treasures poster Ken Roe’s impressive photo essay on the Pacific Theatres at the Grove on the Cinematour web site (, it’s no wonder it’s dominating the market it serves; it’s truly an impressive venue.

kelley on August 27, 2004 at 7:23 pm

I heard the The Sunset 5 theatres on Sunset in West Hollywood have even been hurt by the very successful Grove theatres.

br91975 on August 27, 2004 at 1:06 pm

The closing of the cinemas at the Beverly Center is inevitable, due to the success of its relatively new zone mate (and first-run major-studio flick magnet), the all-stadium seating Pacific Theatres at the Grove, which opened in 2002. (The AMC Beverly Connection sixplex across the street – which was once, as was true of the Beverly Center multiplex, one of the most popular theatres in L.A. county – was put out of its misery this past August 15th, and is likely, along with the rest of the Beverly Connection property, to soon be redeveloped.)

bruceanthony on August 27, 2004 at 1:03 pm

Except for the two screens they added at the top of the complex this is a terrible complex to see a movie. Im surprised people still go here after the Grove opened. I heard that Loew’s isn’t going to renovate so maybe they will close when the lease ends. The Beverly Connection across the street is slated to close down in the near furture.brucec

kelley on August 26, 2004 at 4:29 pm

These theatres are mostly awful little boxes.

William on August 26, 2004 at 2:06 pm

But that’s all in total for all 13 screens combined.

dave-bronx™ on August 26, 2004 at 2:03 pm

The Beverly Center Cinema has 1879 seats.