Regency Lido Theatre

3459 Via Lido,
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Nathan on January 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Here’s a shot ca. January 1975 showing the original configuration of the neon.

quartzcity on December 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Closing on Jan 1, 2016

ppierce201 on February 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I worked here as a manager for a little while after the renovation. Beautiful location and one of the best movie going experiances out there. Now with the addition of digital projection and first run theatres, this would be my first choice to see movies if I was still in CA. Cool thing about this theatre is its one of two theatres with balcony seating in Ornage County. I hope this theatre becomes a landmark and never goes away.

gd14lawn on April 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The Lido stands as proof that a single screen house can survive if the owner is willing to work hard and please the customers.

Keep up the great work.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 8, 2010 at 4:51 am

Keep the LIDO alive folks in that area.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Very cool looking marquee and 72 years old and still running,very nice.

Flix70 on March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

It appears Warner’s Clash of the Titans reboot will screen at the Regency Lido beginning Thursday, Apr 1. And in 3D, if you can believe it. Kind of an odd film for the 72-year-old Lido which specializes in art fare. But the real kicker is the 3D presentation. Not even Regal’s flagship 1108-seat Big Newport theater down the road is equipped for 3D. One would have to think with the financial commitment a digital 3D projector requires that a shift is afoot in Lido programming. Regal appears to be taking notice. According to, Clash of the Titans isn’t scheduled to screen at the Big Newport, unheard of for a big-budget event film. Should be very interesting to see how this plays out over the summer.

Emeraldlorraine on July 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Lido Theater is very much alive and well in 2009. I was there a lot for the Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 with the action sports series which featured Irish surf movie, Waverunners. The staff really cares about the glamourous theatre. The new seats do seem a bit stiff and the rows are a bit closer together than the old chairs, yet the new chairs are comfortable. (I’m an Irish upholsterer’s daughter!). I first started out working at a plain chain theatre, the Rosemead 4 Theater, so to have the Lido Theatre in my backyard is a hoot! The theater is used on Sunday mornings for a church service.

monika on December 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

The plaster penguin is not permanent. Say that five times fast….

Your assumptions of the Lido are correct! It is an amazing place. There’s nothing like glow in the dark sharks painted on the auditorium walls to add that extra little something to your movie going experience!

MPol on December 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Oh, no. I’m getting double and triple postings here. What’s happening?

MPol on December 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I’m not a California or west coast resident. However, I really like that picture of the Lido, as well as the pictures of the interior. It looks like a fantastic theatre, both inside and out. I love that round marquee—it gives it a great look, because it’s so unique. Regarding that great big plaster penguin on top: Was that just put there for the duration of the screening of “March of the Penguins”, or is that permanently up there? Just curious.

MPol on December 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I’m not a California or west coast resident. However, I really like that picture of the Lido, as well as the pictures of the interior. It looks like a fantastic theatre, both inside and out. I love that round marquee—it gives it a great look, because it’s so unique. Regarding that great big plaster penguin on top: Was that just put there for the duration of the screening of “March of the Penguins”, or is that permanently up there? Just curious.

Knatcal on September 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I recently went to the Lido Theater for the time to see “Brideshead Revisted.” I had never been to the theater before as I do not really live close to the theater. I had on occasion, when in Newport Beach in Orange County, driven by the theater, and had commented that at some point I would like to see a film here. Luckily the theater survived and I was able to do this. The interior is nice, but remodeled. However the bathrooms, while well kept, reveal the true age of the theater.

dangerine on August 9, 2008 at 11:55 am

I used to work at the Lido. There’s a senior apartment complex down the street, and every week the seniors would come by and ask about the week’s movie, just like they used to back in the day. I’d make sure I saw the movie the first day so I could tell them if they’d like it. “Cold Comfort Farm” – a massive hit with the seniors. “Trainspotting,” not so much. Plenty of them went to see it even when I told them what it was about, just because it was their routine. We’d be waiting with refund tickets at the 20 minute mark, when they’d all walk out.

Glad it’s not run by Edwards anymore. They treated their employees really badly, and most who worked there didn’t appreciate how special the Lido is.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 18, 2007 at 12:54 pm

This theater is an absolute “gem” from ones moment of arrival to departure. Their manager is a complete showman and knows how to work the crowds at the Box Office to presenting a speech of welcome prior to the curtain going up. Interestingly, he assured us that they would hold the film until everyone was in!

We saw the Edith Piaf story (with tears) “La Vien Rose” which was thoroughly entertaining. Projection and audio were outstanding -just like their delicious popcorn and coffee.

It’s well worth going slightly early to obtain parking but also to admire the beautiful blacklight decorative theme and original Art-Deco surroundings… and remember to take your camera!

monika on June 29, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Here is a recent daytime photo of the Lido, from June 2007: View link

jtushinski on September 5, 2006 at 10:32 am

I’m trying to find information about a locally made feature film that had its (possibly) one and only screening at the Lido Theater on August 2, 1955. It was a comedy, featuring an all Orange County cast, called “The Noble Experiment.” The director/producer/writer/star was Tom Graeff, a young filmmaker living in Corona del Mar who went on to cult status with his second feature, Teenagers from Outer Space (Warner Brothers, 1959). If anyone out there saw the film or knows anything about it, I would really like to talk to you. I’m writing a biography of Graeff and this film is proving difficult to get much information on, aside from some articles in local newspapers. Thanks so much. Jim Tushinski –

bkazmer on May 29, 2005 at 6:33 pm

Hey Tony!
Go to Provided by MagicLantern…the Port theater is coming back!!

tcrowell on May 28, 2005 at 4:36 pm

I wondered what happened to the Edwards theater chain and appreciate this time honored explanation. Thank goodness the Lido survived, particularly since the Port Theater did not. Some of the spirit of the Lido survives in the Laguna Beach theater. It smells like they actually ran a vacuum cleaner through there and I was pleased that removing most of the old popcorn did not lead to a structual failure.

Tony Crowell

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 15, 2005 at 6:42 pm

“Artsy-fartsy” movies are usually pretty good…they’ve gone through a lot of careful review before they’re selected for your viewing pleasure. Anyway, once you’re up in the balcony with your favorite girl, who really cares what’s playing!

jonesp on May 15, 2005 at 9:01 am

I used to take care of ‘old man’ Edwards' old ‘rum runner’ boat when I worked at Lido Shipyards. The old man loved his boat second only to the Lido Theater (I am not referring to his son who ran his business, Edwards Cinimas, into the ground in less than 4 years after he took over!) . The old man told me he would NEVER get rid of the old Lido because he had so many fond memories of the island kids and their love for the place. It was his favorite theater. My wife and I still love to go down and sit in the balcony and kiss… everyone should do that once in their life. It is a shame though that the only showings now are the artsey fartsey ones. Us old folks really do like to see some of the better big show moives out these days and in the past five years the management was doing a good job of selecting movies…now the selection is really only for the eclectic crowd… no harm. We just love that the historic old place is getting some use. It really is a joy to see a movie in that place…

Peter Jones

pedro2nd on March 31, 2005 at 6:21 pm


The 2005 Newport Beach Film Festival is thrilled to present Pedro Carvajalâ€\s hilarious and rambunctious feature documentary “POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English”.

Friday, April 22nd @ 12:00 pm at the Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Telephone: 949.673.8350

Bombarded by relentless advertising in a growing culture of junk, one manâ€"activist/artist Ron Englishâ€"dares to hijack corporate advertising, challenging us to change the sham of reality theyâ€\ve created and reminding us that free speech still lives.

Bringing his messages to the masses through billboards and other forms of outdoor marketing, Ron takes traditional advertising hostage, subverting familiar images and words into confrontational art. Whether attacking a popular fast food chain with a manipulated image of its popular icon emblazed with the words “Phat Food,” or taking on a tobacco giant and simply covering their logo with the word “breathe,” Ron implores us to re-evaluate what we see and succumb to it no more.

Infused with Ronâ€\s infectious passion, THE ART & CRIMES OF RON ENGLISH is an engaging thrill ride into the life and art of the “billboard bandit” that will inspire and activate.

Watch the trailer at:

What critics are saying about POPaganda:

“Hilarious and engaging”
—James Israel, Festival Circuit â€" AIVF

“A colorful and riveting look at a subversive and his art”

“Engaging and enjoyable"
—Matt Langdon –

“Ron’s art is an antidote to the poison in our culture”
—Lilly Hatch, NY Arts Magazine

“Should not be missed…"
—Ann Behrens, The Jersey Journal

“Totally delightful. Pedro captures the subversive edge and pop art appeal of English’s art. ”
—Angela Alston & Eric Zechman, Listen With Your Eyes

Pedro Carvajal has made documentaries on East Village squatters, the Yanomami, and
an award-winning film on AIDS patient Karen Sofield. His videos Citizen Art and Subvertising focus on culture jamming in public spaces, particularly billboard liberation, in which an outdoor ad is altered to critique the original company or product, or deliver a public service message.

Ron English: POPagandist, billboard bandit, post-pop pundit, post-punk prankster, counter-cultural cartoonist, subvertising executive, culture jammer. Ron first gained fame in 1982 by surreptitiously reworking billboards to critique American society, risking arrest in the process. Englishâ€\s career has had a wide trajectory, incorporating neo-surrealist paintings, staged photographs, street art, and music.

Length: 78:00 minutes
Genre: Feature Documentary
Director/ Producer: Pedro Carvajal
Featuring the art of Ron English. Also featuring art by Shepard Fairey, ArtFux and Cicada
Music by: The Dandy Warhols, Daniel Johnston, Tripping Daisy, and much more
Editor: Kevin Chapados
Associate Producer: Nicole Steffen
Year: 2004

Tapes and images are available.

Contact number:
tel 201-659-7643 / 201-988-4032 cell
fax: 253-390-3847
Email: or

bkazmer on March 16, 2005 at 1:03 am

Rats! I left out a link that is very good interior shots and the projection room and many others.