Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX

65 Fortune Drive,
Irvine, CA 92618

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Marklar
Marklar on November 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

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
RobertAlex on May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on November 17, 2009 at 1:42 am

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

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on December 19, 2007 at 8:18 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
kencmcintyre on November 7, 2007 at 12:36 am

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 7, 2007 at 12:17 am

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
Coate on March 22, 2007 at 5:21 am

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.

http://www.fromscripttodvd.com/300_imax_dmr.htm

scottof83
scottof83 on July 7, 2006 at 3:41 am

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
Bway on June 19, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Did someone ever add the Century 25 to the site?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 31, 2005 at 10:38 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 8:39 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
Bway on August 3, 2005 at 1:54 pm

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?