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Coate on March 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm

AVCO CENTER CINEMA I

Compiled by Michael Coate

This filmography represents playdates for the AVCO’s #1 auditorium (downstairs, 1,100+ seats); the smaller-capacity upstairs cinemas (#2 & #3) are not the subject of this work. In addition, note that the duration data cited represents only the time a film played on screen #1 even though in numerous cases a film began its booking in an upstairs auditorium or continued playing in an upstairs auditorium upon being replaced downstairs by a new film.

Not included in this filmography are test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events. The dates represent the first day of commercial release and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. (No format notation implies a standard 35mm presentation with monaural sound. A format notation with an * is an unconfirmed stereo presentation.) The principal references were archived microfilm of the Los Angeles Times newspaper and the web article 70mm in Los Angeles.

RE = Re-Issue/Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of an engagement from another theater or screen in complex)

“Dolby Stereo” installed/first presentation: May 1977
“Dolby Stereo SR” installed/first presentation: February 1989
“Cinema Digital Sound” (CDS) installed/first presentation: December 1990
“Digital Theater Systems” (DTS) installed/first presentation: June 1993

The theater became THX certified in May 1983.

05.24.1972 … PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (8 weeks)
07.21.1972 … BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (11 weeks)
10.04.1972 … THE RULING CLASS (3 weeks)
10.25.1972 … LADY SINGS THE BLUES (8 weeks)
12.19.1972 … THE GETAWAY (10 weeks)

02.28.1973 … WOMEN IN LIMBO (1 week)
03.07.1973 … DELIVERANCE (2 weeks)
03.21.1973 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 3 weeks, Stereo)
04.11.1973 … BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON (6 weeks)
05.25.1973 … HITLER: THE LAST TEN DAYS (5 weeks)
06.28.1973 … 40 CARATS (4 weeks)
07.27.1973 … DILLINGER (MO, 1 week)
08.01.1973 … AMERICAN GRAFFITI (12 weeks)
10.24.1973 … THE WAY WE WERE (8 weeks)
12.20.1973 … THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN (7 weeks, Stereo)

02.06.1974 … ZARDOZ (8 weeks, Stereo)
04.03.1974 …
THE GREAT GATSBY** (
12 weeks)
06.26.1974 … FOR PETE’S SAKE (
5 weeks)
07.31.1974 … THE TAMARIND SEED (
4 weeks)
08.30.1974 … THE GIRL FROM PETROVKA (
MO, 2 weeks)
09.11.1974 … THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH (
2 weeks)
09.25.1974 … THE LONGEST YARD (
1 week)
10.03.1974 … HARRY & TONTO (
MO, 2 weeks)
10.17.1974 … Columbia’s Golden Celebration (
1 day)
10.18.1974 … THE ODESSA FILE (
9 weeks)
12.17.1974 … THE TOWERING INFERNO (
12 weeks, 70mm-Stereo*)

03.14.1975 … FUNNY LADY (15 weeks)
06.25.1975 … BITE THE BULLET (5 weeks)
07.30.1975 … HENNESSY (3 weeks)
08.20.1975 … FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (8 weeks)
10.17.1975 … HEARTS OF THE WEST (9 weeks)
12.17.1975 … THE SUNSHINE BOYS (8 weeks)

02.11.1976 … BARRY LYNDON (7 weeks)
03.31.1976 … ROBIN AND MARIAN (7 weeks)
05.19.1976 … SEVEN BEAUTIES (MO, 5 weeks)
06.30.1976 … THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA (MO, 4 weeks)
07.28.1976 … HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK (5 weeks)
09.03.1976 … CAR WASH (6 weeks)
10.15.1976 … PART 2 SOUNDER (2 weeks)
10.27.1976 … BITTERSWEET LOVE (1 week)
11.03.1976 … SHOOT (1 week)
11.12.1976 … THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION (6 weeks)
12.22.1976 … NICKELODEON (1 week)
12.30.1976 … SILVER STREAK (MO, 8 weeks)

02.25.1977 … SLAP SHOT (5 weeks)
04.01.1977 … DEMON SEED (3 weeks)
04.20.1977 … PUMPING IRON (4 weeks)
05.20.1977 … ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (MO, 1 week)
05.25.1977 … STAR WARS (23 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.04.1977 … HEROES (2 weeks)
11.16.1977 … THE TURNING POINT (*23 weeks, Stereo**)

04.28.1978 … THE BOYS IN COMPANY C (2 weeks)
05.10.1978 … HOUSE CALLS (MO, 2 weeks)
05.26.1978 … THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY. (2 weeks, Stereo)
06.09.1978 …
DAMIEN: OMEN II** (
2 weeks)
06.23.1978 … THE CHEAP DETECTIVE (
6 weeks)
08.02.1978 … EYES OF LAURA MARS (
3 weeks)
08.23.1978 … ANIMAL HOUSE (
MO, 6 weeks)
10.05.1978 … THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (
5 weeks)
11.08.1978 … MAGIC (
2 weeks)
11.22.1978 … SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR (
4 weeks)
12.22.1978 … INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (
7 weeks, Dolby Stereo*)

02.09.1979 … QUINTET (1 week)
02.16.1979 … WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER (1 week)
02.23.1979 … AGATHA (MO, 2 weeks)
03.09.1979 … THE GLACIER FOX (1 week)
03.16.1979 … THE CHINA SYNDROME (9 weeks)
05.18.1979 … HANOVER STREET (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
05.25.1979 …
ALIEN** (
9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.27.1979 … THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (
8 weeks, Stereo)
09.19.1979 … SAINT JACK (
MO, 1 week)
09.28.1979 … YANKS (
MO, 3 weeks)
10.19.1979 … SKATETOWN USA (
3 weeks)
11.08.1979 … THE ROSE (
6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.19.1979 … KRAMER VS. KRAMER (
13 weeks*)

03.21.1980 … NIJINSKY (5 weeks)
04.25.1980 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 4 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
05.21.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (22 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.24.1980 … IT’S MY TURN (8 weeks)
12.19.1980 … SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (4 weeks)

01.16.1981 … FAME (RE, 4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
02.13.1981 … AMERICAN POP (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.20.1981 … THE FINAL CONFLICT (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.10.1981 … STAR WARS (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04.24.1981 … TELL ME A RIDDLE (2 weeks)
05.08.1981 … MODERN ROMANCE (MO, 1 week)
05.15.1981 … TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT (3 weeks)
06.05.1981 … CHEECH & CHONG’S NICE DREAMS (1 week)
06.12.1981 … HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I (2 weeks)
06.26.1981 … FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.31.1981 … ENDLESS LOVE (MO, 3 weeks)
08.21.1981 … AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (4 weeks)
09.18.1981 … CONTINENTAL DIVIDE (1 week)
09.23.1981 … ONLY WHEN I LAUGH (6 weeks)
11.06.1981 … TIME BANDITS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.11.1981 … BUDDY BUDDY (4 weeks)

01.08.1982 … TAPS (MO, 5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.12.1982 … MAKING LOVE (6 weeks)
03.26.1982 … I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (6 weeks)
05.07.1982 … URGH! A MUSIC WAR (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.21.1982 … ANNIE (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.16.1982 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.23.1982 … SUMMER LOVERS (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.06.1982 … THE PIRATE MOVIE (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
08.13.1982 … FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (5 weeks)
09.17.1982 … FAME (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.01.1982 … MY FAVORITE YEAR (3 weeks)
10.22.1982 … MONSIGNOR (4 weeks)
11.19.1982 … FIRST BLOOD (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.10.1982 … SOPHIE’S CHOICE (8 weeks)

02.04.1983 … TOOTSIE (MO, 7 weeks)
03.25.1983 … MAX DUGAN RETURNS (6 weeks)
05.06.1983 … DOCTOR DETROIT (1 week)
05.13.1983 … BLUE THUNDER (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05.25.1983 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (18 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.28.1983 … THE BIG CHILL (10 weeks)
12.09.1983 … SUDDEN IMPACT (7 weeks)

01.27.1984 … THE LONELY GUY (2 weeks)
02.10.1984 … UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (1 week)
02.17.1984 … BLAME IT ON RIO (3 weeks)
03.09.1984 … SPLASH (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.04.1984 … SIXTEEN CANDLES (4 weeks)
06.01.1984 … STREETS OF FIRE (1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06.08.1984 … GHOST BUSTERS (10 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.15.1984 … DREAMSCAPE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.21.1984 … ALL OF ME (2 weeks)
10.05.1984 … COUNTRY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.26.1984 … AMERICAN DREAMER (2 weeks)
11.09.1984 … NO SMALL AFFAIR (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.16.1984 … NIGHT OF THE COMET (4 weeks)
12.14.1984 … ALL OF ME / AMERICAN DREAMER (RE, 1 week)
12.21.1984 … THE FLAMINGO KID (8 weeks)

02.15.1985 … TURK 182 (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.01.1985 … BLOOD SIMPLE (3 weeks)
03.22.1985 … MASK (MO, 1 week)
03.28.1985 … “Star Wars” Triple Feature (1 day, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03.29.1985 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04.05.1985 … POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT (MO, 2 weeks)
04.19.1985 … MOVING VIOLATIONS (3 weeks)
05.10.1985 … RAPPIN' (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
05.17.1985 … THE KILLING FIELDS (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
05.22.1985 … BREWSTER’S MILLIONS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.07.1985 … PERFECT (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.21.1985 … COCOON (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.03.1985 … BACK TO THE FUTURE (13 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.04.1985 … COMMANDO (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.08.1985 … TARGET (6 weeks)
12.18.1985 … OUT OF AFRICA (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

03.07.1986 … HIGHLANDER (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.21.1986 … OUT OF AFRICA (RE/MO, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03.26.1986 … THE MONEY PIT (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04.18.1986 … LEGEND (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.06.1986 … SPACECAMP (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06.18.1986 … LEGAL EAGLES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.04.1986 … RUTHLESS PEOPLE (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.18.1986 … ALIENS (12 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.10.1986 … JUMPIN' JACK FLASH (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.24.1986 … THE COLOR OF MONEY (MO, 5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.26.1986 … AN AMERICAN TAIL (MO, 4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.25.1986 … THE MORNING AFTER (5 weeks)

01.30.1987 … OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.20.1987 … BURGLAR (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.10.1987 … THREE FOR THE ROAD (1 week)
04.17.1987 … PROJECT X (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.08.1987 … GARDENS OF STONE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.22.1987 … ERNEST GOES TO CAMP (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.05.1987 … HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
06.12.1987 … PREDATOR (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.01.1987 … INNERSPACE (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.17.1987 … JAWS: THE REVENGE (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
07.24.1987 … INNERSPACE (RE/MO, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.05.1987 … STAKEOUT (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.18.1987 … THE PICK-UP ARTIST (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.02.1987 … BIG SHOTS (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
10.09.1987 … THREE O'CLOCK HIGH (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.23.1987 … THE SICILIAN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.06.1987 … LESS THAN ZERO (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.04.1987 … theater closed (1 week)
12.11.1987 … WALL STREET (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.06.1988 … BROADCAST NEWS (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
01.15.1988 … GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03.18.1988 … THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
03.25.1988 … BILOXI BLUES (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.06.1988 … SHAKEDOWN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.03.1988 … BIG (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.22.1988 … WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.15.1988 … DIE HARD (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.09.1988 … MOON OVER PARADOR (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.23.1988 … SWEET HEART’S DANCE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.07.1988 … ALIEN NATION (4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.04.1988 … THE GOOD MOTHER (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.18.1988 … 1969 (1 week, Ultra Stereo)
11.23.1988 … COCOON: THE RETURN (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.09.1988 … TWINS (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02.10.1989 … THE FLY II (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
02.24.1989 … THE ‘BURBS (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
03.03.1989 … SKIN DEEP (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.17.1989 … FLETCH LIVES (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04.07.1989 … THE DREAM TEAM (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.21.1989 … FIELD OF DREAMS (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
06.02.1989 … DEAD POETS SOCIETY (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.02.1989 … PARENTHOOD (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
08.09.1989 … THE ABYSS (5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.15.1989 … SEA OF LOVE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.27.1989 … DAD (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.22.1989 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.08.1989 … THE WAR OF THE ROSES (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

02.16.1990 … NIGHTBREED (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
02.23.1990 … WHERE THE HEART IS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.16.1990 … LAMBADA (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
03.23.1990 … PRETTY WOMAN (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.27.1990 … THE GUARDIAN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
05.11.1990 … PRETTY WOMAN (RE/MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
05.18.1990 … BIRD ON A WIRE (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
05.24.1990 … “Back To The Future” Triple Feature (1 day)
05.25.1990 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.04.1990 … DIE HARD 2 (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.18.1990 … ARACHNOPHOBIA (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.03.1990 … MO' BETTER BLUES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.17.1990 … THE EXORCIST III (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.31.1990 … THE SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE (2 weeks)
09.14.1990 … TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
09.21.1990 … DON’T TELL HER IT’S ME (1 week, Ultra Stereo)
09.28.1990 … PACIFIC HEIGHTS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.12.1990 … MR. DESTINY (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
10.19.1990 … WHITE PALACE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.09.1990 … CHILD’S PLAY 2 (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.21.1990 … PREDATOR 2 (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.07.1990 … EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (6 weeks, Cinema Digital Sound)

01.18.1991 … GREEN CARD (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.08.1991 … SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.08.1991 … THE HARD WAY (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.26.1991 … A KISS BEFORE DYING (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.17.1991 … WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
05.24.1991 … BACKDRAFT (4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06.21.1991 … DYING YOUNG (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.12.1991 … POINT BREAK (2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.26.1991 … MOBSTERS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.16.1991 … MYSTERY DATE (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
08.23.1991 … TRUE IDENTITY (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
08.30.1991 … CHILD’S PLAY 3 (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.20.1991 … SPARTACUS (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
09.27.1991 … GONE WITH THE WIND (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
10.04.1991 … THE SUPER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.25.1991 … CURLY SUE (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.01.1991 … BILLY BATHGATE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.13.1991 … CAPE FEAR (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
11.22.1991 … FOR THE BOYS (4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.20.1991 … FATHER OF THE BRIDE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.31.1992 … SHINING THROUGH (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
02.21.1992 … STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.13.1992 … ARTICLE 99 (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.20.1992 … SHADOWS AND FOG (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.27.1992 … WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.10.1992 … NEWSIES (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
04.17.1992 … THE BABE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.01.1992 … WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP (RE/MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.22.1992 … ALIEN 3 (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
06.12.1992 … HOUSESITTER (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.10.1992 … PRELUDE TO A KISS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.31.1992 … DEATH BECOMES HER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.21.1992 … THE GUN IN BETTY LOU’S HANDBAG (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
08.28.1992 … STORYVILLE (2 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
09.11.1992 … SNEAKERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.25.1992 … THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (10 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
12.04.1992 … THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.18.1992 … TOYS (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
12.25.1992 … HOFFA (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)

01.15.1993 … ALIVE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
02.05.1993 … THE VANISHING (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
02.26.1993 … MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.05.1993 … MAD DOG AND GLORY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.26.1993 … HEAR NO EVIL (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04.07.1993 … THE SANDLOT (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.23.1993 … INDIAN SUMMER (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
04.30.1993 … SPLITTING HEIRS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.14.1993 … LOST IN YONKERS (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
05.21.1993 … HOT SHOTS! PART DEUX (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
06.04.1993 … GUILTY AS SIN (1 week, Dolby Stereo SR)
06.11.1993 … JURASSIC PARK (9 weeks, DTS)
08.13.1993 … HEART AND SOULS (2 weeks, DTS)
08.27.1993 … NEEDFUL THINGS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

Following the weekend of Sep. 3-5, 1993, the large downstairs auditorium was closed and renovation work began (i.e. splitting into two auditoriums). The two upstairs auditoriums remained open during the renovation, and in late November ‘93 the AVCO re-opened as a 4-plex with its two “new” downstairs auditoriums.

markinthedark
markinthedark on October 29, 2007 at 6:01 pm

In light of what is happening with the National, the Rialto and other single-screeners, I was a bit disappointed that the Cinematreasures are holding their meeting to discuss theatre preservation etc. at the brand-spanking-new Landmark 12!!! Less than 2 miles away from Westwood Village, the densest grouping of open single screeners in the country. Are they serious? Are they serious about preservation?

I expressed my disappointment here:
http://cinematreasures.org/news/17409_0_1_0_C/

Feel free to express your feelings as well.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2007 at 7:14 am

Here is a repost of the 5/25/77 LA Times ad:
http://tinyurl.com/2nwkjh

William
William on October 11, 2007 at 9:18 am

The Avco Theatre property is owned by the office building next door. AMC using it as a Westside location the get more booking clout. So they can give AMC’s in Santa Monica, Marina, Century City, Westwood, Universal City and the rest of their other locations when booking with the studios for pictures. So the Avco might be around longer than you think.

BradE41
BradE41 on October 11, 2007 at 8:52 am

I would not be surprised if the AVCO was gone within the next few years. The Wilshire Blvd. property it sits on is pretty ‘hot’ property.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 10, 2007 at 5:53 pm

I spent a lot of time in Westwood in the early and mid 80s, which was kind of its heyday, at least in my era. It was packed to the gills with students and non-students having a good time. There was a shooting in 1988 which put the brakes on the crowds, and then after the SM promenade opened it was downhill all the way. I’ve probably been to Westwood Village once since 1990 or so.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on October 10, 2007 at 5:47 pm

agreed, they ruined this theatre years ago. I’m surprised it’s still open, the place barely does any business year after year, it surely can’t last much longer.
That said, back in the early days a lot of great memories at the Avco, many big openings and premiere’s, and they had the 1st THX system on the westside back in 1983. I also always thought the location of this theatre was interesting, right behind the Westwood cemetary
Sigh it’s over now, these are the last dying days of cinema. It is..OVER!

BradE41
BradE41 on October 10, 2007 at 5:36 pm

It is very awkward sitting in the downstairs theatres now. I could never get comfortable.

markinthedark
markinthedark on October 10, 2007 at 5:33 pm

I am surprised the downstairs auditoriums are THX, considering the seats are arced toward the center wall and the screen is a little off center.

BradE41
BradE41 on October 10, 2007 at 5:25 pm

The Avco was one of the premium theatres in Los Angeles during the 70’s and 80’s. It really became a faceless nothing film when GCC split the large screen in half. The last time I was there the presentation was pretty medicore. The PQ and Sound quality was really bad.

fluffer1987
fluffer1987 on October 7, 2007 at 4:22 pm

I saw Empire Strikes Back at AVCO on 9-12-80. I had just moved to LA to attend USC. I wanted to see Robert Altman’s Health, which opened that day exclusively at a UA theater in Westwood — can’t recall name. I had no idea where Westwood Village was, in fact I didn’t realize Westwood Village was right next to UCLA. I just drove down Wilshire for what seemed like an enternity, finally encountered Westwood Blvd. I parked in one of those expensive parking lots, didn’t realize there was street parking in residential neighborhood. Saw Health, first showing of afternoon, then strolled over to AVCO to catch Empire for about the 10th time. I saw Melvin and Howard in October 1980, it opened exclusively at AVCO. Saw so many films in the 80’s. Die Hard first run — Robert Townsend was there, I said hello and told him I enjoyed Hollywood Shuffle, he was very nice. There was an actor from Hollywood Shuffle working at theater at the time. Saw Milagro Beanfield War and Midnight Run in 88. Last film seen there was Catch Me If You Can. The AVCO used to be one of THE places to go for first-run films.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 1, 2007 at 7:44 pm

On 5/25/77, Star Wars was playing at the Chinese, the Avco and the Plitt in Orange County. It would soon be playing everywhere. The ad is from the LA Times;
http://tinyurl.com/3dl9g3

pvthudson
pvthudson on September 22, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Thank you very much for the Link!

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on September 16, 2007 at 3:23 am

interesting, just noticed the film-tech.com site also has a 70’s GCC feature animation intro, but the wierd purple blob background version which god sure brings back memories.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on September 16, 2007 at 3:10 am

funny, your post made me want to do a web search for the old GCC feature presentation intro’s (with the projector) which i so fondly remember as a kid, and low & behold I found a link to them here
View link

Now if i couold just find that 80’s Mann Theatres presentation one, with the cheesy laser animation FX zapping the letters, remember that? Someone posted the 1973 version on that link above, but i can’t find the early-mid 80’s one

droben
droben on September 16, 2007 at 3:00 am

Pvt. Hudson,

You can find that clip and many other classics from General Cinema at www.film-tech.com Can’t link to it directly, but once you’re at the home page, click on the videos button and scroll about halfway down to the Policy Trailers section. There, you’ll find it listed as General Cinema 1990s (candy and clouds).

General Cinema truly had the best policy trailers in the business.

Also, check out the RC Cola commercial from 1970. I still can’t get that jingle out of my head!

pvthudson
pvthudson on September 16, 2007 at 12:16 am

There was an animation in the 80’s that was run before the movie about throwing your trash away. It was basically a gummi bear, a piece of popcorn and a cup in space that drifted into the trash receptacle. It had a really catchy tune and the audience would always clap to the beat. Does anybody have a link to this animation?

Coate
Coate on May 14, 2007 at 11:58 am

Mark Campbell:
OK, the list of films that played the NATIONAL has been posted on its Cinema Treasures page. I hope you and others enjoy it and that it brings back fond memories. And, you’re right, the list is “wildly long”!

The article I mentioned is still a few days from completion, and so I thought I’d give the list a test spin.

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 12, 2007 at 7:51 am

Does anyone out there have pictures of the Avco’s original main auditorium?

Also, Michael: When you get the pictures William is telling us about on your site please make announcements on Cinematour and Cinema Treasures so we can know when to look.

Thanks!

William
William on May 12, 2007 at 7:42 am

Damon his name was Al Szabo.

Yes, I have a few shots of the National, Village, Bruin and other theatre locations that I’m almost ready to send the Michael for his site. I just finished scanning around 150 for the first batch.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on May 11, 2007 at 8:42 pm

yea the UA Marina, I even remember when they had that ET sneak preview. Used to hang out at the “Westworld” arcade quite a bit back then, they seemed to have a bigger more cutting edge selection of new games than the one in Westwood. Now we’re really getting off subject of the the Avco, btw does anyone know of or have any vintage pics of places like The National or Avco from the 70’s/80’s? I would love to see some National pics when they had those huge marquee’s and murals.
Ok so how about that evil german guy who used to manage the Avco back in the early 80’s, every now and then he’d catch me waiting at the exit doors (to sneak in) and shout out “Hey get away from there!” in a vicious nazi-like voice

Coate
Coate on May 11, 2007 at 6:03 pm

D. Packard:
If you’re referring to this theatre in Marina del Rey, then the 70mm presentations shown there (if the 70mm stuff was correctly promoted) was:

RETURN OF THE JEDI
GHOST BUSTERS
2010
ALIENS
THE LAST BOY SCOUT
LAST ACTION HERO

You’d think they would’ve run more than that, but the theatre was not in a prime location and seemed to get 70mm prints only when a large run was made, which was not the case with most titles released in 70. Now, maybe they ran some others on a moveover.

OK, sorry folks. Back to the AVCO…

Coate
Coate on May 11, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Mark Campbell:
In a May 6 post on the NATIONAL page, I mentioned Bill Kallay and I working on a tribute article. Have no fear, the intent is to include the list in the article.

Be patient! We hope to get it posted in a few days. Thanks for your interest.

BradE41
BradE41 on May 11, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Dragonslayer did open at the Avco. MANN did not have a theatre in Westwood to book it into. The National had Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Village (where I was working during that Summer) had Superman II, the Bruin had S.O.B. and the Regent had Stripes. MANN did not have the Plaza yet at that time. Laemmle ran the Plaza until September 1981. It was one of the rare times the Avco showed a Paramount film, MANN’s biggest suppliers were Warner and Paramount.

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 11, 2007 at 11:21 am

Michael, I know it would be wildly long, but could you post that compete list of the National on your site or under the National’s thread on this site?