AMC Century 14

10250 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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AMC Century 14

The AMC Century 14 opened in October 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

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Coate on April 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

<<< 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 on June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

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 on June 4, 2011 at 3:13 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 on April 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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 on May 2, 2012 at 6:35 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 on September 21, 2012 at 4:18 am

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

fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 4:19 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.

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the AMC Century 14 in 70mm 6-Track THX Dolby Stereo SR beginning on the film’s nationwide release date, Friday June 21, 1991.

Zootopialover98 on August 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Added Grand Opening ad from Oct 1987 this must have been a great theatre

Richie_T on April 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

I attended the opening weekend back in October of 1987. Concessions were priced under a dollar. 20th Century Fox classics were screened over the three days at discount prices. The 70mm Star Wars trilogy played in the big cinema. Alien and Aliens double featured one over. Romancing the Stone also played in one of the smaller auditoriums. Over the next 18 years I saw so many films there: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jurassic Park, Loaded Weapon 1, Alive, Last Action Hero, Batman and Robin (walked out), South Park, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, just to name a few. Last film I saw was Revenge of the Sith during what would be the finally week of operation. Great theater for its day. Lots of celebrity sightings. Many fond memories. The structure now houses a Container Store. Luckily, the AMC Century 15 on the other side of the shopping center continues my moviegoing tradition when on that side of town.

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