Regency Village Theater

961 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Fox Village Theatre exterior (Theatre just went through remodel)

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The Village Theater in Westwood opened on August 14, 1931 with a Spanish Mission style decoration (a la Carthay Circle Theater, Fox Arlington Theater, Fox Florence Theater). The Village Theater was remodeled in the late-1940’s-early 1950’s and gold swirls were added near the stage areas, along with upgrades for the exits, lobby and new seats and carpet were added.

The California Gold Rush artwork in the lobby was added. (You can see the same artwork in a few other Fox houses in Southern California like El Portal Theater (North Hollywood), California Theater (Huntington Park).) The artwork near the restrooms, was also added during the renovations. Before that remodel there was a small patio outside. The artwork covers this area now. The stage area was damaged and changed between 1931-1940. Dressing rooms and storage areas were walled off from use. The Village Theater stayed the same until the late-1970’s (except for the new CinemaScope equipment in the 1950’s).

For “The Deer Hunter” engagement, the Village Theater got new 70mm projection equipment, a new larger screen, and a new main title waterfall curtain. The old screen was half as tall as it is today. The theater also got a new, less flattering carpet in the early-1980’s.

Fortunately, the “Fox” tower sign was refurbished in the late-1980’s.

The last remodel was around 1998-99, when the Village Theater got new seats and carpet. The Village Theater seated 1,480 people before the 1950’s remodel. After the 1950’s remodel it seated 1,535. With the last remodel it lost seats for (handicap areas/new wider seats). It seats 1,341 people now.

After more than sixty years as a first run movie palace, the Village Theater is still one of the sites of Hollywood’s biggest movie premieres.

Regency Theatres replaced Mann Theatres as the movie operator on April 1, 2010.

Recent comments (view all 460 comments)

blittlefield
blittlefield on May 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

Have many great memories involving this theatre. Hope the new operators have a feel for history and presentation!

BRADE48
BRADE48 on May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

The new operators do feel the history of the Village and Bruin. I’d guess they knew they are not cash cows like they once were. But they are so iconic that I think they really helped legitimize Regency theatres. I would guess they are not exactly seeing huge profits.

That is my take on it.

Giles
Giles on July 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

is this the same theater that in70mm.com is stating that is getting an exclusive 70mm engagement of P.T Anderson’s latest film ‘The Master’ (come this October)?

“The classic Village Theatre, in the Westwood Village/west Los Angeles area of L.A. is reported to be in view as a site for a 70mm run of the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson (PT Anderson), "The Master”. Although the Village hasn’t run a 70mm print for many years, a 70mm conversion kit for their venerable Norelco/Philips DP70 has been tracked down, and, pending final decisions and arrangements, it seems likely that L.A. will have its first commercial engagement of a new movie, presented “in the splendor of 70mm” in many years (last known previous one was “Hamlet”, back in December 1996)."

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Giles,

Yes, this is the same theater. I figured that a movie like this would at least get a few (5 or 6) 70mm prints when you consider the scope of the movie, and the fact that it was written/directed by a man who has the creative freedom to do whatever he wants.

I know if we Chicagoians can’t get a 70mm print, I might have to save up for plane/hotel fare come October.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I worked at the Village when they showed 70MM films. There was a period when we had one right after another. Good for Regency and for the Village.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on July 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I had figured the Dome would be a shoe-in for this. It’s great because The Village could actually have several sell-outs in a row, which rarely happens these days.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on January 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I attended a 12/23 Sunday afternoon showing of the Hobbitt in HFR and it was beautiful. Tragically, only into the second week of a blockbuster, there were only 27 of us attendees.

sciachetra
sciachetra on March 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

There is a music video on youtube which shows a good bit of footage of the Village Theater, including footage from back in the ‘70’s! The link is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xad6gLpKG9A

Cliffs
Cliffs on June 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

The Village is actually bucking the trend and showing Man of Steel in 2D for their first midnight show (Thursday night, June 13). Support some 2D and let’s fill the Village like the good old days.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on April 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

This is great news! The Village installed Dolby Atmos. From their Facebook page. Now we dont have to spend $19 dollars to hear Atmos at the other theaters in LA.

Regency Village and Bruin Theatres – Westwood, CA April 11 ยท Edited We are happy to announce that Dolby Atmos sound system has been installed at the Regency Village Theatre!

Beginning with Transcendence on April 17th @ 8pm, our theatre will feature the new system for select films. The most significant development in audio since the arrival of surround sound is here. Dolby Atmos delivers audiences a more natural and realistic soundfield, transporting them into the story with a lifelike sensory experience. Developed with input from professionals throughout the movie industry, Dolby Atmos represents a dynamic shift in audio, reinventing the traditional surround sound methodology and offering a complete platform for sound now and well into the future.

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