Regency Village Theater

961 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)."

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.

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 March 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Back in 2003 when Daredevil was released the The Landmark 12 did not exist, and the AMC Century City was 14 screens was only 3,800 seats (Not sure what seat count is for the 15 plex). The Village still did big business on new releases, heck even the National was near selling out in 2002/2003 with Spiderman (Selling Out), Sum of All Fears, Italian Job and a few other big titles. Patrons have moved on.

The Landmark 12 and AMC 15 along with the ever thriving Grove and Arclight really hit Westwood hard. 400 is about as big as the Village will get these days (Maybe more this Summer with Dark Knight Returns). This year Regency will probably make ther biggest b.o. from the theatre because of the Avco being closed and short one and two week bookings. I really do not see the Village and Bruin returning to the glory days the once had.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on March 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Especially considering that there were 900+ watching it at any given time at the Landmark and AMC Century City.

Cliffs
Cliffs on March 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

“Only 400?” For a movie that just made $150M in 3 days, over 400 for the late show on opening night sadly indicates most people have abandoned this theater. I remember going to the 10:30pm opening night show of Daredevil at the Village 9 years ago and it was nearly sold out (and that movie only made $45m opening weekend). The Village SHOULD HAVE been sold out. Just a few years ago it would have been.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on March 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

On 3/23 caught the 10:45PM “Hunger Games” show at the Village and was happy to see over 400, mostly UCLA students, in attendance.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on February 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Rather amazing that they seem to have gotten out of the customary 2-week contracts on CHRONICLE and STAR WARS (neither is slated to move to the Bruin, which is getting JOURNEY 2).

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

With the Avco temporarily closed Regency has been having short 1 and 2 week bookings for the Village. They have CHRONICLE (this Fri) STAR WARS PHANTOM MENACE 3D Re-issue (2/10) and GHOST RIDER 2 (2/17). With more product available they do not have to keep films longer than they should.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on November 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Westwood is not a theatre district any longer. But there is no reason to try to turn them into little cafes. Now with the Crest gone and the Avco closing Regency will be able to book more freely and keep the films flowing. It will not be 1980’s capacity but they will not be stuck with films that do not fi the theatre. Westwood will become like Los Feliz with the Village, Bruin and Regent. At this point doubtful a new complex with be errected. I think everyone has resigned themselves to the fact Westwood will not have a big resurgence. I’m pretty sure Regency did not take over the screens expecting anything spactacular.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on November 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Comparing movies theatres to amusement parks is like comparing apples to legumes. Both of the latter provide sustenance, but that’s about where the comparisons end.

An amusement park does not soly rely on product produced outside the environment on a daily basis in order to entertain its guests, nor does the amusement park need to hand over up to 90% of its revenue with the producer of said outside entertainment provider. The amusement park may entertain, but it entertains in a quite different way than a movie theatre, and that’s where the comparisons end.

Ask yourself this… why does the Landmark just one mile down the road often do 8-10x the business with the same movie as the Village? The Landmark does not offer season passes nor free wi-fi, and their ticket prices and snack bar items are more expensive than the Village. It’s because there is no one single factor that makes people change their habits.

We are cinephiles, and we care about the overall presentation. Most people don’t. They don’t care about the history of the place they are going to. They don’t care about what’s available at the snack bar. They don’t care if it’s a massive auditorium with a 60' screen and THX-approved sound and picture, or if it’s a thirty seat house with a 10' screen and sofas instead of seats. They don’t care if there is a wine bar. They don’t even really care if you have to pay for parking. All they want is a clean place to see a movie that has other things to do before or after the movie, in a convenient setting. Westwood isn’t all that convenient for most anymore, while the Westside Pavilion is. And that’s what makes all the difference in the world.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on November 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

On 11/17 caught the 10:30PM showing of J Edgar. Only eight of us in the audience. If I ran the Village and Bruin I would do the following: 1) Sell a $59 annual movie pass with photo that would allow the holder to see movies for $5 and bring in as many companions for $7; also, the smart card would allow the passholder to see a movie a second, third, etc. time for $2 a pop(FYI: I saw “2010’s LA MISSION 14 times).

There could also be a family pass with similar savings. The concession stand choices would be upgraded and prices lowered. Free wi-fi would be offered and small tables and sitting areas sprinkled throughout the lobby and one could install a glass partition in the upper balcony and put more tables up there.

Venues like Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm understand one has to bring in people. The Village has about 1400 seats to fill. Raising an average screening number from say 30 to 100 or more much more will more than increase gross receipts. If the Vista and Los Feliz can run $5.50 senior rates and $6.50 for everybody before 6PM, there’s no reason the Village/Bruin couldn’t offer reduced rates.

The Vista and Los Feliz are showing all the brand new movies currently as the Hollywood Arclight and at a fraction of the cost.

Flix70
Flix70 on October 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

Cinema is not dead. Just look at the weekly box office grosses. Films are still opening to $50m weekends. Granted ticket prices are higher but people still like going to the movies. What’s dead is cinema in Westwood. Parking sucks and college kids would rather party on weekends than see a movie.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on October 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Last time I was at the Village this past Summer I thought the sound was still top notch.

They seem to do well enough with event films like Harry Potter, Inception etc. But obviously The Three Musketeers is not pulling them in. But you can probably find not very many people seeing Musketeers at the AMC Century City either. If a film is bad people will not go to a theatre to see it anywhere.

Regency pretty much went into the leases knowing they were not going to re-create 1981. It seems like a prestige thing with them, they have lots of premieres and pretty much the success of the other theatres in the chain make up for these theatres not really raking in the green. NO WAY should they turn the Village into a bargain theatre. We all should go to these theatres whenever we can. I’ll go see J. EDGAR at the Village in a few weeks.

If the Avco closes and WW ends up with only the Village, Bruin and Regent it will turn into Los Feliz pretty much. They will have pick of films and will probably have short 2 week engagements and will keep the flow going. Westwood is really not a theatre district anymore. But they can still show movies.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on October 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I don’t get to the Village or Bruin often these days but it seems those those theaters are empty even on opening nights and weekends for big releases. Do they still pull in crowds? I never see them, but maybe i’m just not there enough to witness it. Westwood still has lots of foot traffic and students but nobody goes to see movies anymore. Cinema is dead, it’s been dead for 20 years or more in all honesty. What’s left of the single houses are just sputtering along. I just wish Regency had reduced the ticket price to $3 at all of it’s theaters, the Village ain’t what it used to be for screen & sound.

misterboo
misterboo on September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I found this on youtube and thought it pretty cool. it’s home movie footage of Robert Redford up in the tower portion of the Village Fox: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=g-ebrsdhqvg

I believe Roddy McDowall shot this home movie footage. What they’re doing up there, I have no idea.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love the new photos. Quite a few are from when I worked there. Altered States, Firefox.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Regency comes off very conservative so it would not surprise me.

c
c on June 18, 2011 at 4:28 am

The Village Theater used to play double features in the early 70’s…does anyone remember Mike Shaw…The projectionist at the Village Theater for 25 years…current owners are extremely homophobic