Regency Village Theatre

961 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Operated by: Regency Theatres

Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Mann Theatres

Architects: Percy Parke Lewis

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Mission Revival

Previous Names: Fox Village Theatre, Fox Westwood Village, Mann Village Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 310.248.6266

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Fox Village Theatre exterior (Theatre just went through remodel)

Located in Westwood Village, a purpose-built retail, leisure and residential development which was constructed in 1929. The Fox Village Theatre opened on August 14, 1931 with Marie Dressler in “Politics”. It is designed in a Spanish Mission style decoration (similar to the Carthay Circle Theatre, Fox Arlington Theatre, Fox Florence Theatre). It was built for the Janns Corporation and was later taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres chain. A feature of the building is the huge ‘wedding cake’ tower which is still virtually unchanged today, and still sports its original neon lighting. Seating in the auditorium was provided for 1,489 in orchestra and balcony levels. The backstage areas, including dressing rooms and storage areas were bricked off in the 1940’s after ‘damage’ although what kind of damage is not stated in any current sources.

The Village Theatre was remodeled and reopened on October 18, 1951, increasing the seating capacity to 1,535, and given a ‘Skouras’ look when plaster gold swirls were added to the side-walls near the stage area, along with upgrades for the exits, lobby and new seats and carpet were also added. Also at this time 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 Theatre (North Hollywood), California Theatre (Huntington Park).) The artwork near the restrooms, was also added during the renovations. Before that remodel there was a small patio outside, but this was bricked over and the artwork covers this area now. The Village Theatre 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 Theatre 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 theatre 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 Theatre got new seats and carpet, and now seats 1,341 people.

After more than 70 years as a first run movie palace, the Village Theatre is still one of the sites for Hollywood’s biggest movie premieres.

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

Recent comments (view all 469 comments)

Logan5 on June 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

According to George Perry’s 2005 book “James Dean”, Dean and actress Ursula Andress attended a sneak preview screening of the final cut of “Rebel Without A Cause” at the Village Theatre in Westwood on Saturday September 17, 1955, less than two weeks before he was killed in an auto accident.

Coate on June 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm

The Village was among just eleven theaters in the United States that installed the then-new Dolby Digital sound system for their engagement of “Batman Returns” which opened twenty-five years ago today. And here’s the link to a retrospective article that commemorates the occasion.

RobertAlex on July 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Regency just announced that Dunkirk will play here in 70mm! I cannot remember the last time they played that format here, perhaps it was Titanic.

moviebuff82 on April 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm this is great news!!!

RobertAlex on May 13, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Came her Sunday 5.12 for the 11.30am showing of Endgame. The theater now boasts it as a THX Ultimate Theater. The changes are not that noticeable, but welcomed.

Sound: The sound is much more discreet, and not so much in your face. I always thought this theater had the best sound in LA (I know I am in the minority on that opinion=), and whatever they did for this upgrade improved an already impressive system. Real nice THX Ultimate trailer showed before the film.

They still use Dolby Atmos and show the trailer before the movie.

Picture: The picture is light years better then what it was. First off, the screen is bigger. Its maybe just a few feet wider, but there is no more room for the screen to get any larger. It appears they pulled it as wide as they could. The manager confirmed with me that the screen was replaced with a slightly larger screen.

The new laser projection was amazing.I previously saw this movie at a Dolby Cinema, and this was just as good if not better.

For $10.50 for a matinee, this theater is the best deal in town.

rivest266 on September 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

August 11th, 1931 grand opening ad in the photo section.

fred1 on September 13, 2019 at 5:36 am

The exterior was used in Once upon a Time in Hollywood.

BRADE48 on November 7, 2021 at 2:03 pm

On Regency’s Facebook Page

70mm is coming back to Westwood! We can’t say more right now but exciting things are coming together!

70mm #film

BRADE48 on November 14, 2021 at 9:14 am

Regency Village and Bruin Theatres - Westwood, CA is feeling excited. November 12 at 12:00 AM · Our 90th anniversary continues November 26th at the Village with the EXCLUSIVE Engagement of the new Paul Thomas Anderson film, Licorice Pizza featured in 70mm Film! Being a master filmmaker, his films are inherently amazing so put on your best threads and boogie over now…and don’t stop and smell the magnolias. There will be Red Vines!

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