Century Plaza Cinemas

2040 Avenue of the Stars,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Daniel
Daniel on January 26, 2014 at 8:07 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.

sartana
sartana on September 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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

Floresaj
Floresaj on August 14, 2012 at 11:09 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!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Described in this 1972 trade article: Boxoffice

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 4, 2011 at 1:07 am

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.”

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on June 13, 2011 at 8:05 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.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 7, 2011 at 12:38 am

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.

fieldight
fieldight on June 4, 2011 at 11:17 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 28, 2010 at 3:22 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

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

Logan5
Logan5 on June 19, 2009 at 12:13 am

Zip code 90067

markinthedark
markinthedark on June 4, 2009 at 6:05 am

Agreed. I only saw the Century Plaza as a Cineplex Odeon quad, but the National will always be my favorite LA theatre for presentation.

movie15
movie15 on May 3, 2009 at 2:42 am

this was a fantastic theater. remember seeing many movies there when i was in high school.

BeachKidBoy
BeachKidBoy on April 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

As another sidenote to my just posted message, I especially miss the passing of Mann’s National in Westwood. My favorite movie house after the Plitt Century City. Very sad every time I’m in Westwood and see it as a fenced-off weed strewn vacant lot. Oh the memories!

BeachKidBoy
BeachKidBoy on April 28, 2009 at 5:57 am

As much as I love Grauman’s main, the actual Dome, and the Village, nothing will ever compare to the Plitt Twin. Star Wars, Ghandi, The Right Stuff, Poltergeist, all on 70mm 6-track Dolby with reclining seats and a yard or two of legroom will never be restored. Cineplex/Odeon absolutely destroyed modern movie-going. Even other houses like the original Egyptian, Fox Venice etc… are sorely missed in these days.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on March 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Oops! I was referring to Lost Memory… Not to belabor the whole parking issue that bugs him, but I’m in Santa Monica, and most of the side streets are restricted parking. That doesn’t leave many options if you want to go to the NuWilshire (before it closed) or the Aero. It really forced them back into what they started as — neighborhood theaters.

fotonomous
fotonomous on March 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

i don’t think the issue with the movie theater was lack of parking – it was that the parking at the abc entertainment complex was pricey during the day. for a long time the century city mall parking was free (and then after that i think just a dollar for something like 4 hours parking) – so of course those of us that didn’t want to spend the extra $, just walked over from one mall to another.

don, i don’t know if the LM you are referring to is me or Lost Memory? if it’s me – i grew up in the valley and west hollywood and currently live in encino. pretty much any movie theater in the valley is a cinch to park at (and totally free) compared to anything “over the hill” in the city. but lack of parking doesn’t seem to stop people from going to the cheapie or independent theaters around town (the fairfax springs to mind).

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 4, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I never had trouble parking at Century City when I used to live in Santa Monica. I’d just walk over to the cinema from the mall garage. This cinema was also easy to reach by bicycle from Santa Monica.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on March 4, 2009 at 9:01 pm

LM, I don’t know where you’re located, but here in LA, the car is king. If you can’t drive there and park easily, a lot of people just won’t go. Many great neighborhood theaters suffer for this reason.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 1:13 am

Okay, I’m game. Let’s play clutter up the theater listings. Maybe there should be a counter that states when you’ve reached your nonsense comments for the day.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 26, 2009 at 1:08 am

Maybe there should be a button that says “Rhetorical Question-Do Not Answer”.

fotonomous
fotonomous on February 26, 2009 at 12:58 am

Wow somebody is grumpy. I too used to walk from the Century City mall over to the theater. I was pretty good at shortcuts – I could weave my way through the underground parking structure and come out and the perfect place above ground. It definitely was part of the experience :–)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 12:53 am

Your funny. I’ll turn off the email notification for this theater so I won’t have read anymore of this nonsense. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 26, 2009 at 12:49 am

You asked me a question. How did you want me to reply?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 12:45 am

Try worrying more about nonsense comments!