Regency Village Theater
961 Broxton Avenue,
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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.
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