Island 7

999 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Island 7

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This theater opened in October, 1989 at the Fashion Island Center in Newport Beach.

It closed for a major renovation on January 12, 2011, reopening on December 16, 2011.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

Flix70
Flix70 on December 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

Looks like 7 screens still. Fandango now has all the films listed for opening day: Sherlock Holmes( on three screens), Young Adult, My Week with Marilyn, Breaking Dawn and Tower Heist. Would anyone really spend $16.50 for Breaking Dawn and Tower Heist?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Flix70,,,,,,NOT ME.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on December 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

After the remodel, seating is now 670 total.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

This first weekend, Regal is not double-booking any movies at both the Big Newport and the Island. What was the protocol before the remodel?

I ask because, for instance, this means that SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 will not play the Big Newport. This instills in me the fear that more big event films might not get booked in the main BN auditorium.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on December 14, 2011 at 7:33 am

In recent years, the Island 7 was generally a B-film/move over location, with the occasional indie release. Prior to that, I recall there being some decent bookings,but the Big Newport always took the top releases, due to the larger seating capacity. I don’t recall them ever sharing bookings, but it may have happened with really big movies, from time to time.

I would imagine they will place some special effort in to booking the Island, to help launch the theatre (as they did when it first opened). However, I doubt they will neglect the Big Newport, long term. The Big Newport has more seats in one auditorium than the Island does as a facility. The Island’s higher prices and extras simply can’t replace the Big Newport’s raw capacity and potential for big attendance numbers. They will likely go to double bookings by summer.

Flix70
Flix70 on December 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

It is odd that Big Newport won’t have Sherlock Holmes. It could have easily played at both theaters, one screen for the masses @ Big Newport, another couple for the luxury crowd @ the Island. They’re basically two diffent experiences. I can see the need to launch a new theater but as Sherlock is PG-13, how many kids are going to pay $16.50 for a movie? They’re not exactly the demographic for an upscale, pricey environment. Should be interesting.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

Less than 100 seats an auditorium??? AND they’re getting Sherlock Holmes instead of Big Newport? Sheesh!

Flix70
Flix70 on December 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

Just read the OC Register article RonP provided via link: apparently your $16.50 gets you leather seats, better concession choices and the privilege to drink beer or wine. There’s no in-theater service like with other luxuary concepts. It also states that four of the seven screens are 3D compatible.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Plenty of rich Del Mar kids go to Cinépolis' $19.50 concept in San Diego. I assume that means the same for Newport.

Of all the Newport theaters, I’ve only been in Big Newport #1, which is great, of course. (Every time I find a chance to see something at the Lido, it’s Scope and I don’t want to watch a cropped image.) Can’t say I’m especially excited to try the Island now that it’s renovated.

Flix70
Flix70 on December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

I see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is at both the Island and Big Newport.

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