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I was working at the Village Westwood at the time, a bunch of us got in openening night to see it at the National @ whatever showtime was within the 10:00 hour.
It was a great time in Westwood.
I still believe the Chinese and Arclight can co-exist. Mann just really gave up over the past few years. They were slow closing shop and just let the theatre coast. At one time (not long ago)they were agressive in bookings; Summer of 2005 Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory all opened first run there. X-Men appears to be doing quite well. Let’s hope the new owners see that and will start to care about film exhibition at the Chinese once again.
I only like going to see films during the day. But I can see where people do not like going to Westwood to see films. It is such an ordeal. I’ll support the Village and Bruin and will deal with it.
Just returned from 1:30 Super 8 showing at the Village. Westwood was crazy, sooooo many people there for UCLA graduation. There were probably about 30 people for first matinee. Sadly 30 years ago this type of film would have probably had about 500. The presentation was still top notch and Regency is keeping the theatre beautiful. It is really an ordeal going to Westwood; parking still sucks. It actually costs me more going there than Arclight Hollywood. Next time I will take a bus. It remains my favorite theatre and I will continue to patronize it, but Westwood is really, really sad.
Good News. Hopefully I will be noticed that Chinese and Arclight can co-exist and both have success. The truth of the matter seems like Mann (Cineamerica) really did not give a damn.
I think a restoration is in order. Too bad a studio doesn’t take it over ala El Capitan and revive to a single screen with premiere engagements. It closed also because the Chinese and Chinese twins, and then recently opened GCC Galaxy were more popular. Funny, the Galaxy is gone, the Chinese now 6 will probably close and Hollywood Blvd will ALMOST be void of film exhibition.
What was the Beverly Hills theatre on Wilshire Blvd Pacific operated during the 1970’s? I used to go to it when my Mom worked at Robinson’s Beverly Hills. They had first run showings and often played films the same time as Westwood.
It does make me sad. I grew up seeing films at Mann theatres, my first job was at the Village. AMC did not exist anywhere nearby until the late 1980’s.
It is sad going to the Mann site these days. They have the Chinese dragon emblem with thier logo, they have a friends us link for Facebook, and they are down to 4 complexes. Honestly, how much longer will they last?
A film like Inception needs to be seen at the Dome, Village or Chinese. There is something special still about seeing a large scale film on a large screen.
I will see Super 8 here either this Saturday or the following. Regency has done a fantastic job operating the theatre. They probably are not making a killing with it, but I appreciate them showing the love and care it deserves. Overall Regency must be doing well, the keep acquiring leases and are even doing renovations of theatres. The Village and Bruin are strictly prestige leases and like I said, they are showing the love for them.
I wish I had been taking pictures of the National over the years before it closed. It had one of the best marquees of any theatre. If you took Gayley into the village from Wilshire the National greeted you. The marquee was so large that any graphics really stood out. The pictures on Cinematour with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days really illustrates how stunning the National was. I still get sad when I drive in Westwood. It is a theatre we will never experience again.
Personally, I have never had a reason to patronize the Landmark 12 since I live minutes away from Arclight Hollywood. To me it is trying to be a Westside variation of Arclight. One day I had to wait around in the area and almost bought a ticket. The movie I wanted to see was in the lounge screen with sofas which I’d rather not sit in, so I passed. To see something like Inception there is silly to me when you have the Village up the street. But people do not care which is why the big palaces are dying slowly.
Most of Regency’s chain is made up of previous Mann theatres. I bet they will take over Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village also.
I remember going to the Pan Pacific Auditorium as a child for events like Ringling Bros Circus, Auto Shows, Sportman’s Show etc. The movie theatre I did not go to until before it closed. They showed 2nd run double features at a cheap, cheap price.
I worked at the Mann Village, Westwood when it played there. It was supposed to open on July 9th along with the rest of the openings but ended up at Mann’s Westwood (then triplex) all three screens that week. Warner did not want to pull FIREFOX yet from the Village. The next weekend TRON moved to the Village in 70mm and FIREFOX to the triplex. I’m sure Disney was not happy, but Warner and Paramount back then had priority. That was back when Ted Mann was owner of the chain.
Another screen that was ruined by chopping it into smaller not very good theatres. I grew up seeing films here when it was the Monica 1 & 2 theatres. Laemmle ran both Art and Hollywood films here with great success.
Went to this drive in quite a few times in my childhood. I remember it quite fondly.
This was one of the best theatres in L.A. when PLITT operated it. The large auditorium was fantastic. I went to the first showing of Jaws opening day June 20, 1975 at this theatre. Like the AVCO Westwood, it was ruined when they cut up the main theatre into smaller.
I remember seeing a Woody Allen DF (I believe at this theatre) back in 1987. The description seems accurate.
I always thought of that walk up type of seating as a balcony. There were a couple theatres I grew up with; Cinema on the Mall (SM) and Plitt Century Plaza (Century City) that had that type of seating. I’m pretty sure they considered them balconies, but I guess I am wrong.
Was there a theatre in the same area at one time called the Plaza? I remember seeing ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT in '86 at a theatre near the Paris which was showing A ROOM WITH A VIEW at the same time.
Great photos, glad to see the theatre still open and doing business. I remember seeing WHITE NIGHTS at the Ziegfield back in November 1985 and thought it was a great theatre then. I love walk up balconies like the Ziegfield has and the Plitt Century Plaza had. Most of the theatres I visited in my visits in ‘85, '86 and '87 in NYC are now sadly gone. Hopefully it will remain. L.A. has so few big screen single houses, but I guess I have no room to complain since NYC only has this screen remaining.
I’m happy to hear the positive comments. I hope to make it this weekend to see X MEN. I’ve actually been trying to get to the 6 Plex to see TRUE LEGEND. I don’t think the trailers being shown mean they are booking the films. Studios attach trailers to high profile films to be seen. My weekend visit to Arclight I noticed both GREEN LANTERN and HP7 are booked to show there.
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On Movie Tickets.com it is listed as The Chinese Theatre. Wouldn’t it be better to still call it Grauman’s Chinese? What else other than X-MEN is booked for this Summer? I’d like to go but not really into comic book movies. I feel I should go as much as possible before they change it to EVENT Center.