Beverly Center 13 Cinemas

8522 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Beverly Center 13 - Last Day of Operation, June 3, 2010

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Opened on July 16, 1982 by Cineplex, the Beverly Center then contained the most screens of any theater in the United States and had a total seating capacity of 1,879. The theater, located at the top of this Beverley Grove shopping mall that borders Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, was closed on January 26th, 2006, as it did not become part of the Loews-AMC merger, and reopened as a Mann theater on February 10th, 2006.

It was closed by Mann Theatres on August 6, 2009. It re-opened in early September, 2009, under the management of Rave Motion Pictures chain. Sadly, this was to be short-lived and it was closed on June 3, 2010.

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Recent comments (view all 169 comments)

grahas on July 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm

the theatre is not going to reopen the space is being turned into a forever 21

Scottoro on August 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I always hated these tiny little boxes. Good riddance. And by the way, the Beverly Center itself is no longer what it used to be. I was there last weekend and saw what looked like gang members roaming around, shouting at one another, acting loutish. I stayed a half hour and left.

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on October 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Rooms 1 and 2 were big, but rooms 3 to 13 were rather small. I still loved the place despite it all, I guess I’m just sentimental. I will especially miss the large lobby area adjacent to the two big rooms, and the rarely used second concession stand, which was actually walled up by the time I made my final trip there.

NDUSC2 on February 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years and remember going to these theaters in their first couple years. While they were certainly tiny, it often felt like you were going to a chic screening room. My fondest memory was when I went to a showing of “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean” starring Cher. You couldn’t help but notice that a couple rows were being held. Just before the movie started, in walked Cher with a group of friends. Everyone cheered, and it was fun to watch and enjoy that group’s reactions during the show.

Soule on March 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

Yes, the theaters were boxes, but I saw E.T., A Nightmare on Elm Street 1, The Breakfast Club, Boyz N' The Hood, and many other great movies at the BC Cineplex. Wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world. And god, the BC used to be SUCH a great place to meet women in the 80’s, especially if you were a teenager. There were more gorgeous women in BH/West L.A. in the 80’s than any decade. I once saw Sharon Stone walking there in about 1986-7, drooled over her but was too shy about talking to such a cool older female (I was 16-17), and then recognized her onscreen (not at the Cineplex) when I saw her in Total Recall! Crazy L.A.! Plus, there is something inherently fun about seeing a movie in a mall – you can hang out before and/or after it. End of an era, I guess. Onward!

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on June 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Those who wish to witness the destruction of the Beverly Center Cinemas can now do so, thanks to these photos from the crew who did the demolition.

jmarellano on June 3, 2011 at 2:39 am

Those pictures made me cringe. I recognize theater 1 and the hallway leading from the stairs, the area where the old second stand used to be, and I think one is the lobby hall over by theaters 5-6-7 and that area where the booth came around the tall ceiling. I want to go just check out the store to see how much of the cinema still remains..

Marlonsanchez79 on June 17, 2011 at 4:00 am

I know what Mark Tufiftee is saying!About the History of Loewscineplex 13,I used to work there from March of ‘99 to Oct 24,2000.I got so devastated when I saw a FOREVER 21 instead of my old fav theater!I experienced so much emotion in that Cineplex,I lost my “Innocence” (both emotional and sexual!) at that place.So many hot dates and so many good friends and memories!I got sadden when I saw them tear it down last summer(as I was FIRED in 2000,I vowed to be there at the end of it!Lol!!Sadness is all that I feel now.It signaled the end of my era,good times,great memories!It will be missed as the BC is now a fashion BORING PLACE TO BE!!

jmarellano on October 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

For the first time in about 2 years.. I visited the Beverly center. I walked into the Forever 21 and looked around at what was the theater. A new escalator was installed from the mall into the area that once was aud 11-12. The shape of the theater can be seen as the store curves down the original hall. A second set of escalators takes you from the original lobby to the upstairs lobby. The elevator was moved. Upstairs is the stunner, the small narrow old lobby opens up into what were the two balcony theaters. High ceiling but way low compared to what it was before. The stairs were removed from the lower level to the upper, and the theaters flattened to one level in line with the mall, no longer raised up. It’s depressing to see it this way.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 17, 2016 at 1:32 am

When I worked at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center in 1991-1993, these were the seat counts:

1: 465
2: 291
3: 103
4: 89
5: 100
6 and 10: 70 each
7: 78
8: 133
9: 113
11: 60
12: 80
13: 95

Houses 1 and 2 were 70mm capable.

The seating stayed relatively the same until the closing in June 2010.

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