Century Plaza Cinemas

2040 Avenue of the Stars,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Century Plaza Cinemas - 2002

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A standard 1970’s design (which includes a lot of curtains), the theater’s main house was very similar to the Loews Astor in NYC, but not as wide, but just as long. The main house seated around 1,400 people and the second house seated around 800 people, when it opened.

In the mid-1980’s, Cineplex took over the Century Plaza Cinemas and remodeled the theater. Unfortunately, this work included a conversion of the main screen into three smaller, separate screens.

By comparision, if one were to cut the Astor’s rear seats from the main seating area, one would create screens 3 and 4 at the Century Plaza. As a result, the theater’s original second screen became considered its main screen.

This theater was often used as a preferred location for private trade screenings, a common occurence in Los Angeles. It also hosted the occassional premiere.

It closed on July 27, 2003 and was demolished the following year.

Contributed by William Gabel, Bradley Erickson

Recent comments (view all 78 comments)

kencmcintyre on April 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I saw some films at the other theater in Century City but not this one. Not exactly an A-list destination for Saturday nights.

kencmcintyre on April 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I guess the akas on this one were never updated. There were some comments on this issue back in October 2007.

fieldight on June 4, 2011 at 6:17 am

This was one of the best theatres ever! beautiful screens sound, overall quality a real cut above. And it felt fancy. I saw The Matrix there, Born On The Fourth Of July—with Ron Kovic, who the movie was based on actually there. Saw The Green Mile, Apocalypse Now Redux. This really was one of the best theatres, especially the main one.

BRADE48 on June 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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.

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on June 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Early in 2002 I got a postcard from the company that owned the ABC Entertainment Center (which included this theatre), announcing they were going to tear everything down and replace it with a new office building and a park. Whenever I went there after that, it was more special because of knowing that it might be the last time. And one day, sadly, it was.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I just watched Oh God Book 2 and they go to this theater, but only the outside. No interior shots, but there is an exterior shot of “ABC Entertainment Center.”

Floresaj on August 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I saw Star Wars, 2001, Sound of Music, and I believe The Black Hole in 70mm on the large/main 1,400 seat screen here. Man, if I’d only know what that truly meant at the time!

sartana on September 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

The main auditorium was the site of HPS-4000 with the first ever 4-way speakers in Cinema. The system had the acoustic power equivalent to 10 Symphony Orchestras and was hailed by many film makers as the finest they had ever heard. The picture of the main auditorium shown here was taken upon the completion of the HPS-4000 sound.

Here are two very detailed articles about the awesome system that once was.(PDF required for the second one)

The ultimate system?

Mighty sound of Century Plaza

Daniel on January 26, 2014 at 3:07 am

I saw American Psycho here in 2000, it was amazing. The place was a ghost town though, even the employees looked bored.

It was in such an odd location, I remember getting lost in the office building when I’d go there.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm

When I worked for Cineplex Odeon in 1991-1993, this was the seating for the Century Plaza Cinemas:

1: 772
2: 583
3 and 4: 198 each

Theatres 1 and 2 were 70mm capable. Theatre 1 was THX certified. Theatres 2, 3 and 4 had the HPS-4000 sound system.

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