AMC Century 14

10250 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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The AMC Century 14 opened in 1987 at the north end of the Century City Shopping Center. The theatre featured two concession stands and an expresso bar. In the late-1990’s, it was remodeled and the secondary concession stand closed, leaving only the main stand and the expresso bar.

The five big auditorims seat about 450 each, while the smaller nine all seat about 200. This theatre was AMC’s busiest for years, and was where to catch limited engagements on films. But due to the Cineplex Odeon (later Loews) Century Plaza 4 down the street, never received all the product until 2003 when the Loews closed. But even with the Loews closing, the new Grove theatre in nearby Fairfax District took its toll on business on the old, non stadium seating theatre.

Sadly (for some), this theatre closed in December 2005 when a new AMC 15 plex will be took its place on the south side of the Mall, next to a Macy’s department store.

Contributed by Jeff Arellano

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on July 18, 2007 at 4:16 am

So the theatre is no longer open and has been demolished?

dyban
dyban on July 19, 2007 at 1:06 am

AMC built a brand new facility on the south side of the mall, called the Century City 15 (it should be on this site).

The 14 was gutted out and reconfigured into a Container Store and other retail establishments.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I came here regularly when it was open. I always did the best I could to see a movie in the 5 auditoriums on the left because they were the only ones with big screens, big sound & THX certification (back when that mattered!).

Coate
Coate on April 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

<<< I want to say it opened in September of 1987 >>>

The AMC Century 14 opened October 9, 1987. The weekend before, they ran a 20th Century Fox retrospective which included numerous classics (“The Sound Of Music,” “Patton,” “The Hustler,” “How Green Was My Valley,” etc. etc.). Memorable highlights for me included a “Star Wars” 70mm triple feature and “Alien”/“Aliens” 70mm double feature.

Grand-opening newspaper ad, the Fox retrospective ad and a photo can be found here.

<<< AMC Century City 14 >>>

The name of this theater was never “AMC Century City 14”; it was “AMC Century 14” (at least according to photographic evidence, recollections of visits, and newspaper promotion I’ve seen). Although it was located in the Los Angeles community of Century City, the word “City” was never a part of its name.

SethLewis
SethLewis on June 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I moved back to the States from Asia in 1987 and spent several months in Southern California…Never having experienced an American multiplex I have to day I was wowed at the time…clean organized with a good mix of screens and product…Saw Wall Street and the great John Boorman picture Hope and Glory and a bit of a Spike Lee picture here

From a bookings point of view, the theatre seemed to pick up a lot of small stuff that was here for a week to satisfy distributor’s expectations…sort of the penalty for having 14 screens…today it’s big releases on 3-4 screens so a lot less product filling up the marquee

fieldight
fieldight on June 4, 2011 at 6:13 am

I used to go here all the time in the 90’s. Make the trip all the way from Hollywood. Most memorable I saw Barton Fink, Reservoir Dogs, Magnolia, I actually used to sneak in sometimes. It was too easy, as the exit doors were at the bottom of a long staircase which you just walk up that staircase like you forgot to validate your parking.

Douglas
Douglas on April 16, 2012 at 12:11 am

I remember going there in 1988 to see Moonstruck. There was a constant humming noise throughout the movie. The manager said certain auditoriums had screens that were kept in place by a machine that pushed out air and that was what the sound was. Never heard of this ever before or since.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

As to the screen described by Douglas above. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, AMC utilized Taurus curved screens in some locations and these screens did utilize a vacuum system (there was obviously a problem in your auditorium, as the screen shouldn’t have been making an audible sound during your movie).

fieldight
fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

Such memories!! I saw Barton Fink, Reservoir Dogs, Magnolia!! So wild to take the trip to this theatre back in the day.

fieldight
fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

Btw this was the EASIEST theatre to sneak into in it’s day. The exit was at the bottom of a long flight of stairs and you just walked back up those stairs when people were exiting and made a bee line to the bathroom.

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