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Caught Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 this weekend. Packed house. Presentation is second to none. This film begs to be seen in IMAX Laser 3D.
I attended the opening weekend back in October of 1987. Concessions were priced under a dollar. 20th Century Fox classics were screened over the three days at discount prices. The 70mm Star Wars trilogy played in the big cinema. Alien and Aliens double featured one over. Romancing the Stone also played in one of the smaller auditoriums. Over the next 18 years I saw so many films there: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jurassic Park, Loaded Weapon 1, Alive, Last Action Hero, Batman and Robin (walked out), South Park, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, just to name a few. Last film I saw was Revenge of the Sith during what would be the finally week of operation. Great theater for its day. Lots of celebrity sightings. Many fond memories. The structure now houses a Container Store. Luckily, the AMC Century 15 on the other side of the shopping center continues my moviegoing tradition when on that side of town.
It’s a trip getting your prescription filled in the exact spot you once saw The Doors.
The Nuart is West LA’s greatest neighborhood cinema. Friday midnight retro movies happen weekly and are well programmed. The coolest thing to happen for me at this theater was back in 2004 when Samual Fuller’s The Big Red One reconstruction played to a full house on a Friday night. After the screening, the late Richard Schickle led a Q and A with a very special guest in attendance… the great Mark Hamill. Got to meet Luke Skywalker himself. The Nuart is known for cool situations like this.
I saw BIG at this theater during the summer of 1988. It was nice and new. The layout was a little different. It was an AMC, I believe.
My one and only visit was so memorable… Raiders of the Lost Ark, summer 1981. We almost didn’t make it on time because a tanker truck jackknifed on the freeway and exploded. We literally took our seats as the Paramount logo appeared on screen. The vast dome was packed. My 8 year old brain experienced its first dose of cinematic bliss. What a ride! It was the last time our family of four saw a movie together. Divorce happened shortly thereafter.
This was where I saw The Phantom Menace. Man was that a disappointing day. The main auditorium was classic. The last few movies I saw there were X Files, Private Parts and lastly, Apocalypse Now Redux in August of 2001. It was a proper way to say goodbye.
I used to frequent this theater during the late 90s. Memorable screenings include: Star Wars Special Edition, Saving Private Ryan, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, American History X, The Phantom Menace, and LA Confidential. Cinema 1 with the balcony was where you hoped your movie would be playing. Cinema 11 on the other hand, like watching a movie at home.
Sad news. Just over 30 years of operation. That’s a pretty good run. So many memories. This one hurts.
I dropped by one of my favorite childhood theaters this weekend which now operates as a discount house. Happy to report that the 30 year old establishment continues to thrive and is well looked after by Regency. It’s a perfectly preserved relic from the 80s. It’s amazing they can stay in business with such low prices. That said, business was booming on the day of my visit.
I was in the neighborhood recently so I decided to swing by and pay my respects. Happy to see that the sad patch of land which used to be Edwards Cinema Center, The Ice Skating Palace, Kona Lanes and the old record store has been developed into a massive condominium complex. Looks really nice. Life goes on.
The last film I saw here was The Doors in 1991, just over 25 years ago. We sat up in the stadium seating section and were tripping in magic mushrooms. It was quite an event. I don’t think we were the only audience members on some kind of hallucinogenic… I can’t remember if this was a 70mm presentation but I’ll tell you what, for most of us in attendance we were looking through a portal to the late 60s early 70s. So much fun. I grew up seeing movies in this amazing auditorium… Popeye, Empire 70mm, Superman, Poltergeist 70mm, Aliens 70mm, Die Hard 70mm… Great memories… Now just a patch of green grass next to a parking structure.
For me, the newly renovated Big Screen did not disappoint. Although I do miss the curtain and can do without the Regal pre show, I really appreciate the extra space and comfort of this modern configuration. It’s the next logical step and feels right for this landmark of cinema. The screen looks amazing and was wide as I remembered it for today’s showing of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Great sound. Good crowd. Long live Edwards Big Newport. The old man would be proud.
One question. From the listing I couldn’t tell if Antman was screening in 3D. Didn’t appear to be. I don’t think they ever offered 3D before in that auditorium because of the old screen. I would imagine they have the capability now with all the new specs. The Chinese Theater has the same projector and 3D looks amazing there. Just curious.
Thank you, Flix70! I’ve been so curious about this revamp. I’ll be visiting next weekend to see M:I Rogue Nation. I’ll try to snap some additional shots. Also, I should be receiving new vintage photos soon. Thanks for sharing!
That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the original three.
I found it on line. I used to work for Edwards, many years ago. My girlfriend at the time worked upstairs at the corporate office. I have recently been in touch with her and she is working on acquiring many photographs from the early 90s all the way back through the late 60s. Once I get the ok I will post them here!
My guess is that it makes more sense to have five theaters up and running by May 1st… I imagine July 4th would be a good of day as any to unveil the new big screen. Perhaps Terminator Genysis will kick things off. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I grew up watching films at Big a Newport. I worked there from 1990 through 1992. I can barely articulate how much this place means to me. I live in LA now but will happily make the trek down south to see what’s doing. I can guarantee my attendance in late December for Star Wars.
The renovation of the big screen has begun… Fingers crossed.
They have not twinned this theater. It is a legend in Orange County and thankfully has been well looked after over the years. However… Plans are in motion to “upgrade” the auditorium with spacious stadium seating as well as state of the art IMAX screen. I have mixed feelings about this. If they can pull off what the Chinese Theater did just a few years ago this might be a worthwhile endeavor… Time will tell.
I love this theater more than any other. I hope they do right by her. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be on December 18th, 2015.
Is this theater closed?
I’ve been inside and I really like what they’ve done. The AVCO has been reborn. Is it the cinema we remember from the 70s? No. Is it ten times better than the cinema we remember post split? Ten thousand times. This is a classy spot and I urge you to come see for yourself.
Just recognized the National in all its living glory while watching David Fincher’s Zodiac. The house is packed with a 70s era audience while Dirty Harry plays on the big screen. The lobby is also featured as the film lets out. Check it out if you’re feeling nostalgic.