iPic Westwood

10840 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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AlanSanborn
AlanSanborn on May 26, 2017 at 2:52 am

Thanks OC and Dave! The reason I was asking is that I was wondering if there’s any building ANYWHERE that could double for the AVCO’s exterior back in it’s heyday. It doesn’t really sound like it but if anyone can think of any that look similar, I’d love to hear about it!

OCRon
OCRon on May 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

In 1966 Howard W. Levitt and Ernest W. LeDuc and Associates designed a 12-story, 220-room wing and convention area to the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. I think, with additions, still standing

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 25, 2017 at 8:39 am

Just as I thought. General Cinema’s architect at the time was Wm. Riseman Associates of Boston and the exterior of that building seemed beyond their imagination. I think Riseman did do the interior build-out. The Levitt and LeDuc firms were probably the architects of the entire Avco development.

OCRon
OCRon on May 25, 2017 at 2:06 am

Timeline for iPic Westwood

May 24, 1972: Opens as Avco Center Cinemas III.
The architects were Howard W. Levitt and Ernest W. LeDuc and Associates.Seating: (I) 1,000; (II) 700; (III) 400. Total 2,200

March 2002 General Cinema acquired by AMC Theatres

News clip and ad is in the photo section

AlanSanborn
AlanSanborn on May 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Hi Kravdude. I saw Star Wars there on opening day so maybe I saw you!

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a post here but I’m wondering if anyone knows whether or not the GCC Avco Cinema Center in Westwood was a one of a kind structure or whether any other theaters were built with the same general design and look anywhere else in the country? Alas, my somewhat limited Google searches have not shed any light on this question.

Thanks!

Alan Sanborn

kravdude
kravdude on December 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm

I worked the Avco the summer of 77' during Star Wars run(i started the day it opened). Was a lot of fun and exciting with lots of celebrities and cool folks to work with. Yes, worked under Al Szabo. I remember a few employees, namely Dan Fern and Mark Friedman. Sorry to see this theatre go but it was a shell of itself in later years. Also worked there Christmas and January of 77/78.

MikeRadio
MikeRadio on July 9, 2014 at 3:05 am

The price has been reduced for members to $12 for the regular first 2 rows seats and only $22 for the others. NOTE… This not only comes with drink refills and food at your seat with the push of a button, but also FREE popcorn brought to you the entire movie….

SO is it worth it? AMC is over $19 for a 3D Movie and this is $3 more but you get a lot more. Try it… It is worth it.

Richie_T
Richie_T on May 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

I’ve been inside and I really like what they’ve done. The AVCO has been reborn. Is it the cinema we remember from the 70s? No. Is it ten times better than the cinema we remember post split? Ten thousand times. This is a classy spot and I urge you to come see for yourself.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

Status above needs to be changed to open showing movies. It currently says closed.

mistertopps
mistertopps on May 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

If you want to sit in the first 2 rows, the ticket price is $19.

If you want to sit in the rest of the theatre, the ticket price is $29, but then you can also spend more money on ordering food + drinks from a waiter.

I can walk to this theater, but there is no chance I will ever go to it.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Showtimes indicate that this is their soft opening.

Please update the theatre name w/the new info. As Brad said, it’s now named iPIC Westwood.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on April 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

iPIC Westwood has opened.

This is what they are now showing. They are booking day/date with Regency Village and Bruin.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2D (PG13) 7:00PM 10:15PM Divergent (PG13) 4:15PM 7:45PM Draft Day (PG13) 6:30PM 9:45PM Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 9:15PM Transcendence (PG13) 5:30PM 8:45PM

CStefanic
CStefanic on January 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Why they didn’t just restructure it to the way it was BEFORE the plexing is beyond me. There aren’t going to be enough movies to fill all the screens in about two years. Theatrical releases are going to be less. They should have redesigned. Losers!

Cliffs
Cliffs on January 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I can’t imagine a lot of studios are going to want to book an 85 seat screen when they have 1300 seats up the street (at least on their biggest releases). I imagine a lot of move-overs and limited first runs. At best, you might get the occasional big summer movie taking up three or four of their six screens.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I wonder how Ipic will be booked. I’m thinking the could book day and date with the Village on some engagements. It has been a while since I took Wilshire into Westwood. I’m assuming this will open later this year.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

“Demolished” means ABSOLUTELY TORN DOWN with no remains left. That picture is a GUTTED building, not a DEMOLISHED one.

You want demolished? Take a stroll around the corner and see the grassy knoll that was once The National.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Under the photo tab on this page, the second pic from the left – looks mostly demolished to to me. While another theatre may be built on that site, the building that closed in December 2011 is, for the most part, gone.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

The story of the asbestos:

http://www.laobserved.com/biz/2013/05/delay_in_opening_wes.php

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Probably because it’s not “DEMOLISHED.” As I earlier stated on May 30, 2013 they found asbestos in the construction. The only way to deal with asbestos is by gutting the theatre to get all the gunk out and then rebuilding it afterwards.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on October 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Terrible. Another Westwood humiliation.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

BTW, based on the previously mentioned photo, the status of this theatre should be changed to ‘Demolished’.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I’m surprised that nobody has commented on the photo added Aug. 13, showing that the Avco Center Cinema has nearly vanished from the face of the earth. So much for the alleged conversion that was supposed to save it.

CStefanic
CStefanic on June 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Drove by it this morning. Looks almost completely gutted. Hope they restore it to the original decor it once showcased back when the biggies were hitting the screen.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

New article on CT’s front page says that they found asbestos causing delays that will, at best, push the opening to Thanksgiving 2013. At worst, sometime in 2014.

mistertopps
mistertopps on May 30, 2013 at 2:29 am

This is very much under construction right now. If you peer through boards, you can see that the entire place has been gutted. It doesn’t appear that they are keeping anything of the original Avco except the foundation and really just the shell of the building.