Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15

4020 Marlton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90008

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 8, 2013 at 4:50 am

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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

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

muvyman
muvyman on July 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Mr Neff,

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

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 1, 2011 at 2:19 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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

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!

John Fink
John Fink on June 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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

Art1956
Art1956 on June 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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

MissAmanda
MissAmanda on June 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

A sad, sad loss not only for the Crenshaw district but also for the LA theater scene in general. Truly the passing of an age. Magic Johnson Crenshaw was one of the last non-stadium theaters, with several large auditoriums (and several small ones too), comfortable seats, good quality projectors, and reasonably clean rest rooms. They also had two stadium theaters at the end of the corridor, but who cares? I HATE STADIUM SEATING! And they always attracted an interesting crowd.

John Fink
John Fink on June 14, 2010 at 10:28 am

N/A had monster auditoriums, consider West Springfield, MA which was cobbled together from 3 older buildings – the two largest theaters which I consider to be monsters for stadium seating era multiplexes (they may even have larger screens that the nearby retrofit IMAX at Buckland Hills/Manchester, CT) – were once one major auditorium. Now that I’d love to see a picture of.

But back to Scott’s point and I’m not sure if in the move to CinemaTour the National sites that Rave just bought this came up. I don’t know how some Cinema De Lux sites were converted, but at Buckland they removed an auditorium for Chatters and the food court, took out the center snack bar and put in a new one at the halfway point the lobby and built a theater in what was once half the lobby. That’s the only example I could think of in the modern stadium era, most Loews additions were add-ons only because the theaters weren’t that large. If anything the stadium era downsized itself when AMC, Regal and Cinemark figured out anything over 20 screens wasn’t really sustainable.

fred1
fred1 on June 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

The older N/A megaplexes did that. The Valley Stream and Whitestone
(bronx) was orignilly built as Six pleaxes now through expansion and subdividsion are now 14 screens

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

I would be interested in finding a modern chain complex that has subdivided a theatre for more screens. It seems unless space is an issue that most chains nowadays will choose to add on instead of divide.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

They did new construction to the right side of the complex, adding 3 (SHOEBOX!) stadium seating auditoriums.

silver
silver on June 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Bob Jensen or anyone: when they increased from 12 up to 15 screens in 2003, did they subdivide some larger auditoriums, or did they do some new construction adding additional seats?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

URGENT CAN ANYONE GET PHOTOS BEFORE IT CLOSES?!

MORE INFO PLEASE!

Someone might want to check out the following info to see if it is correct.

Opened June 30, 1995

Closed June 13, 2010

AKA:

MAGIC JOHNSON THEATER 12.
(3 more screens added in 2003 to total 15)

OWNERS:

1996 Sony

1998 Loews Cineplex

2004 Loew’s

2006 AMC

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

Never went to this one.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 11, 2010 at 8:33 am

Also, the theatre will close on Sunday 6/13.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 11, 2010 at 8:32 am

Rave or Regal. The emphasis on digital projection & 3D screens is a dead giveaway to either place. I hope Regal wins…further reason to stay the BLANK away from this theatre!

I’d guess that the same operator for the new place may very well operate the theatre that’s part of the Boulevards At South Bay development project that’s currently being built in Carson at the 405 Freeway & Avalon Blvd.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Maybe it was not Magic.!

John Fink
John Fink on June 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Harlem and Largo, MD – both being newer are still open. AMC is shifting direction but I’m not sure where they are going so I’m not sure how giving this one up plays into that shift.

Any word who the operator is going to – who understands the LA and urban market as alluded in the prwirenews release? Regal, Rave, Cinemark, Regency? Any guesses before the official word is out.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Press release here: View link and here: View link

Aside now from the MJT in Harlem, are there any others still open? I know the ones in or near Cleveland and Atlanta have either closed or changed ownership.

William
William on June 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

A new state of the art complex will open sometime in Nov..