Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX

65 Fortune Drive,
Irvine, CA 92618

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Regal carried out a remodeling of this theater beginning in 2015. Reseating has undoubtedly reduced the overall capacity, but I haven’t been able to discover the current number. The plans for the remodeling were by BB Architects, and the firm’s web site features this slide show with eight photos displaying some of the results.

Flix70 on December 29, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Can anyone tell me the screens numbers for the Palace, Hollywood, Egyptian and Chinese theaters?

Flix70 on December 29, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Caught The Hateful Eight here in 70mm over the weekend, only theater in OC showing the road show version. They had it in a tiny little theater, looked like any other standard presentation. The only reason I knew it was film and not digital was the sound of the projector. Glad I saw it, but 70mm road shows are not made for little multiplex screens. Really felt bad when I stepped out at intermission and saw that the large Hollywood screen across the hall was sitting empty (no doubt in between Star Wars screenings).

greenth1ng on August 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Seating capacities for the new VIP theaters (via Fandango’s reserved seating service):

  • Theater 2 – 73 seats

  • Theater 3 – 58 seats

  • Theaters 4 & 7 – 81 seats

  • Theaters 5 & 6 – 63 seats

  • Theater 8 – 68 seats

  • Theater 9 – 85 seats

rivest266 on May 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

December 22nd, 1995 grand opening ad in photo section

Marklar on November 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I think the first movie I saw here was Jurassic Park: The Lost World but I vividly remember seeing the re-released Star Wars movies here in 1997.

RobertAlex on May 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

Regal’s RPX Screen opens here Friday, 5/25 in what was the Egyptian auditorium.

rivest266 on November 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

The 1996 grand opening ad can be seen at the Orange Coast Magazine at View link (Page 11)

CTCrouch on December 19, 2007 at 12:18 am

The property is sandwiched between the 5 and 405, beside the “Y” merger of the two freeways. Back when it opened, there was a small retail courtyard in front of the theatre and a few office buildings in the immediate area (the most significant being the Western Digital building). The theatre was a gawdy beacon, who’s violet neon glow could be seen for miles in all directions. However, within a decade, the area was developed to near capacity and the theatre was virtually encapsulated.

Recently (12/07), I noticed that a set of retail “blocks” were being constructed on either side of the theatre’s main entrance (seperated from the theatre structure by a matter of a few feet), further smothering the building in developement. While the neon roof top is still visible from a distance, on site, one has to almost be at the front doors to see the theatre.

A once dramatic structure that has lost much of it’s visual impact in the name of progress.

kencmcintyre on November 6, 2007 at 4:36 pm

I went to the Irvine Spectrum shortly after construction was completed. At that time it was in the middle of nowhere. Much more development circling the complex as of today.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 was designed by the architectural firm of Perkowitz + Ruth. It was the first entertainment center the firm had designed. Perkowitz + Ruth would go on to design many cinemas for Edwards and other exhibitors.

Coate on March 21, 2007 at 10:21 pm

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.

scottof83 on July 6, 2006 at 7:41 pm

To Mike.

The total capacity of this theater is 5862.

As for the theme aditoriums.
The Palace has 579 seats.
The Chinese has 586 seats.
The Egyptian has 582 seats.
The Hollywood has 583 seats.
And the IMAX has 546 seats.

the others range from 131 to 270 seats.

Bway on June 19, 2006 at 4:53 am

Did someone ever add the Century 25 to the site?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 31, 2005 at 2:38 pm

The theatre mentioned in the first comment is Century Theatres' “Century 25 Stadium Promenade”, built on the former grounds of the Stadium Drive-In.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 31, 2005 at 12:39 pm

One of the most overrated movie theatres in Southern California…if not the country as a whole…Regal/Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 is only worth visiting if you’re seeing a film in either the IMAX, Chinese, Egyptian, Palace or Hollywood auditoriums. Every other auditorium in the theatre is a shoebox – cramped and stuffy with very small screens and very inferior sound systems.

Bway on August 3, 2005 at 5:54 am

The Edwards theaters around there seem to be really nicely built.
I went to an Edwards Theater near Arrowhead park (in the shopping center with the Acapulco Restaurant) on I believe State College Blvd when I was there this past winter. It was really nice, and the marquee out front was built in a retro style, with lots of neon.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if that particular theater is listed on this site. I don’t think it is, but since i don’t live there, I don’t know too much about it (like the true name of it to search for it).
If anyone does know, can you please search for it, and add it if it’s not on the site?