Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15

4020 Marlton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90008

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Opened in 1995, this was the first theater in the Magic Johnson Theatres chain, a partnership between the former basketball star’s business enterprises and Sony/Loews Theatres. AMC closed the Crenshaw 15 on June 13, 2010.

Taken over by Rave Motion Pictures chain, the theater was completely renovated (for $10 million) and reopened on June 28, 2011 with preview screenings of “Transformers 3”. In 2013 it was taken over by Cinemark.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 9, 2010 at 5:16 am

Rave Motion Pictures will be the operator of this theater when $10 million in renovations are completed; the projected reopening is by Memorial Day 2011: View link

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Just saw Rave’s blurb about the theatre (re)opening in today’s LA Times ad. It just says that it opens in July 2011. No updates about the theatre available on their website…but the site does say that the upgraded theatre will have a raveXtreme Giant Screen Auditorium (IMAX without IMAX licensing fees!) in the new complex.

Art1956
Art1956 on June 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

Rave’s website now says it will open June 29th.

John Fink
John Fink on June 29, 2011 at 6:36 am

blog from LA Times with a pic (very few pictures also at Rave’s facebook page):http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/06/former-magic-johnson-theaters-reopens-as-rave-cinemas.html

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I took a tour yesterday and uploaded 4 pics to this theatre’s page. The status needs to be changed to “Open.”

As for the theatre itself, it is considerably smaller than it was during the Magic Johnson era. Lobby is drastically smaller with 1 concession area servicing the whole theatre (a nightmare waiting to happen for the poor soul who gets to the theatre 5 minutes before showtime!).

Auditorium seating ranges from 90 to over 300. The 300 seaters are their “raveXtreme” auditoriums featuring nicely wide screens (but not tall like IMAX or even the wannabe Digital IMAX/AMC ETX/Cinemark XD screens) and top notch sound. I caught the 2nd half of “Fast Five” in the X2 Extreme auditorium…pity the poor souls who have to sit dead in front!). Regular auds fluctuate between side masking in some and top masking in others. Theatre is all digital projection with 7 auditoriums exclusively dedicated to Real 3D projection.

IMO, their biggest issue will be controlling the teenyboppers who will crush this place to bits on weekends!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I enjoy that from the photos I can see the leftover elements of Loews with the red atrium dome above the lobby and the outside brick.

I’ve never been to this particular location but I know Loews loved building these theatres with an entrance on both sides of the building. If this was like that, no wonder the lobby is so small, they closed off half of it.

Looks good though. Would love to see some good auditorium photos before the place sees any wear.

muvyman
muvyman on July 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Mr Neff,

You should go to the location or call it. I think you know the GM

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 31, 2013 at 3:48 am

This theatre is now part of Cinemark due to their acquisition of Rave Cinemas on May 29, 2013.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 8, 2013 at 6:06 am

The theatre name is STILL Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw 15. Cinemark has kept the “Rave Cinemas” branding and has added said branding to their homepage.

Please change the theatre’s name.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Chris, to reply to your Rave LA question, too, Mea Culpa, I changed the name, added to the Intro, and changed the theater chain. When I changed the name, Rave wasn’t on the homepage but you are right- it is there now. It may take a week, but I will change back those names changed on other pages, as well as complete the theater chain & Intro changes.

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