Regency Bruin Theatre

948 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Fox Bruin Theatre exterior

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Opened by Fox West Coast Theatres on December 31, 1937, the Fox Bruin Theatre originally had 876 seats, all on a single floor. It was designed by architect S. Charles Lee, one of the foremost & prolific theatre architect’s in Southern California, who’s earlier work included the downtown Tower Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre. This is a small, but elegant theatre, that is often seen in the backdrop of movie premieres taking place across the street at the Village Theatre. Its wrap-around marquee can be seen from all four streets which intesect at the theatre. Originally the auditorium side-walls were treated with luminous painted stencils which glowed in the dark from the ‘black lighting’ effects of the cove lighting. It was taken over by Mann Theatres chain in 1973. and was equipped to screen 70mm movies in 1978. Sadly, the theatre’s auditorium murals that once glowed in the dark have been painted over, leaving a totally plain auditorium. As of 2009, the seating capacity is listed as 696.

Regency Theatres replaced Mann Theatres as the movie operator on April 1, 2010.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 124 comments)

BradE41 on November 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Regency really seems interested in being a major exhibitor. I’ve turned into a big fan.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on November 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

Caught HEREAFTER last night — the bulb was flickering pretty bad for a location with such typically pristine presentation. Hopefully they change it out before POTTER tonight.

dctrig on November 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The Thursday midnight show at the Bruin was packed. I was the only senior in the audience and did not see anyone under 18 or over 25 in the audience. The UCLA crowd was great and highly responsive to the movie.

dctrig on December 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

On its opening weekend caught the Saturday 10:20P show for “Burlesque.” There were only about 21 of us at the Bruin. Cher stood out and sang a good number. Christina Aguilera has a powerful voice, but her persona seems manufactured.

As one who has seen classic burlesque performers years ago in Chicago and Philly, the movie “Burlesque” had zero sex appeal. Rent or see “Beyond the Burly Q” for a much grittier and accurate take on this lost art form.

dctrig on December 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Speaking of special displays kudos for the El Capitan: They installed a Rapunzel like tower above the marquee for the run of “Tangled” and are giving out a gold coin to each patron as the movie is the 50th Disney animation.

Richie_T on November 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

Attended an Academy screening of Lincoln last night followed by a Q and A panel including the likes of Daniel Day Lewis, Steven Speilberg, John Williams, Kathleen Kennedy, etc. The theater was packed. First time I’ve seen it this way in years. Made me miss the glory days of Westwood. The old house still has it. Excellent presentation.

sciachetra on March 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

There’s a video on youtube dedicated to Stan’s Donuts in Westwood (located right across from the street from the Bruin Theater). The video includes old and new footage of the Bruin and other Westwood theaters:

Coate on May 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Extracted from 70mm in Los Angeles, here is a list of the 70mm presentations held at the Bruin. (I’m sorry I don’t have the duration data for these. But if anyone wants that info, it shouldn’t be that difficult to obtain now that you’re armed with the relevant titles and start dates.)

1978-06-02 … Capricorn One
1978-09-20 … Days of Heaven

1981-05-22 … Outland
1981-12-18 … Sharky’s Machine

1982-05-21 … The Road Warrior
1982-06-11 … Grease 2
1982-06-25 … Blade Runner

1983-03-25 … Raiders of the Lost Ark (re-release)

1984-06-08 … Gremlins
1984-12-07 … City Heat

1985-07-10 … Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
1985-12-06 … Spies Like Us

1986-09-26 … Top Gun (moveover)
1986-12-19 … Little Shop of Horrors

1987-05-20 … Lethal Weapon (moveover)
1987-06-12 … The Witches of Eastwick
1987-07-31 … The Lost Boys

1988-06-10 … The Presidio
1988-08-12 … Tucker: The Man and his Dream

1989-06-22 … Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (moveover)
1989-07-07 … Lethal Weapon 2

1990-05-25 … The Ten Commandments (re-release)
1990-06-08 … Batman / Lethal Weapon 2 (re-release)
1990-06-15 … Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1990-12-07 … The Rookie
1990-12-27 … The Godfather Part III (concurrent with Village)

1992-01-17 … The Last Boy Scout (moveover)
1992-05-22 … Far and Away
1992-06-17 … Lethal Weapon 3

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 9:52 pm

December 31st, 1937 grand opening ad in photo section.

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