Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5

8000 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5

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This theatre is one of L.A.’s most popular independent film theatres. It opened in August 1992 with a seating capacity for 1,118, and was closed by Laemmle on November 29, 2011 when it had a seating capacity for 836.

It was taken over by Sundance Cinemas who refurbished the building and reopened on August 31, 2012, now with a reduced seating capacity of 606.

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Marcel
Marcel on April 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

I agree dtrigubetz. Good news socal09. So glad someone saved it. Great memories here. Saw tons of great arthouse films here in the 90’s during college, then hung out downstairs at Virgin Megastore and eating at Wolfgang Pucks! The Archlight is nice, but seriously, $16.00 for a movie?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The reopening of this former Laemmle theater as a Sundance Cinema will occur on August 31, 2012: View article

BRADE48
BRADE48 on August 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

About time. I’ve missed having theatres in that location.

waynebeau23
waynebeau23 on August 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

I stuck my head in there yesterday (July 31, 2012) and they have made quite a bit of progress. My guess is that there is a good chance they can actually open at the end of Auguast 2012. I hope so. What they have done is break through the roof adding height to the auditorioums and allowing them to have stadium seating. Can anybody confirm?

silver
silver on August 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

waynebeau23: Believe it or not the added height is for “an upstairs lounge filled with comfortable Sundance Catalog furniture”

The grand opening is 8-31. With three pre-opening charity events 8/27, 8/28 & 8/29

This is from a July 30th press release that’s currently on their web site here: www.sundancecinemas.com/sunset_insiders_guide.html

“Sundance Cinema‚Äôs remodel of the former Sunset 5 theater at Sunset and Crescent Heights Blvd is finally finished. The new decor is pure Sundance: rustic, elegant and comfortable. Sundance Cinemas took the original theatre down to the studs, and have put in the latest digital presentation systems, all reserved stadium seating with plush rockers and tablettes, and rebuilt the lobby to include a Bistro serving classic movie treats, quick and easy snacks and a bar serving beer and wine which may be brought into the theatre during +21 shows. In addition, the experience has been expanded to include an upstairs lounge filled with comfortable Sundance Catalog furniture, and the patio has been annexed as a new outdoor lobby where patrons are invited to chat, drink and eat before or after the show. Programming will specialize in American Independent and foreign language titles”

Also there’s a small photo of the new lobby area under construction taken from the second level looking down.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

A photo tour and other information about the revamped theater is here.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on August 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

That’s closer to Sunset 5 bookings than I would have guessed. Several of those are/will be available on simultaneous VOD.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on August 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Seating at the Sundance Sunset has been reduced from 836 (230/131/131/150/194) to 606 (177/98/97/113/121).

BRADE48
BRADE48 on February 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I walked up to see Amour this Saturday evening. First visit as the Sundance Cinemas. The theatres are very nice, the improvements work well and I found the experience quite pleasing.

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on July 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

I visited the Sunset 5 in July 2014 to see “Snowpiercer”, an apocalyptic fable based on a comic book, which I imagine is a typical ‘Sundance’ limited release offering. I’m pleased to say the 5pm show attracted a reasonable crowd. The cinema is in superb shape, with friendly staff and a really welcoming atmosphere. I have added a number of photos, including two of the upstairs lounge, no doubt a very nice area to relax in as part of a visit.

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