AMC Century 14

10250 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Richie_T
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.

Zootopialover98
Zootopialover98 on August 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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

Logan5
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.

fieldight
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.

fieldight
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.

CTCrouch
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).

Douglas
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.

fieldight
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.

SethLewis
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

Coate
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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 3, 2010 at 2:50 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!).

dyban
dyban on July 18, 2007 at 10:06 pm

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.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on July 18, 2007 at 1:16 am

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

mistertopps
mistertopps on June 12, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Back when it was a 14 screener, I remember that certain films would open there before anywhere else. I remember fighting traffic just so I could see Celebrity, Being John Malkovitch, or American Beauty before everyone else. The theatre itself was nothing special; a few auditoriums were larger than others… but if you wanted to movie hop, and the two films you wanted to see were on the smaller screened wing of the theatre, it was incredibly easy to do so. The new 15 screen theatre is not quite as easy, depending on the time of day you are trying to hop… though the theatre in absolutely pristine. If only they had reserved seats I’d go there more often…

Funny story— Last time I went there I ran into Bruce Willis. After seeing him ooze testosterone in the Live Free or Die Hard trailer, it was kind of weird watching him walk into the theatre to see Waitress.

jmarellano
jmarellano on September 2, 2006 at 12:58 pm

This theatre has been demolished. Or at least, is in the process of being cut up for new mall stores.

BradE41
BradE41 on December 14, 2005 at 11:05 am

It did open in the Fall of 1987. The AMC CENTURY 15 is supposed to be all Stadium Seating auditoriums. I do not patronize the theatres because I prefer the Village, Bruin, National (Westwood) or Arclight and Grauman’s Chinese (Hollywood). Those are ALWAYS my first choices for Cinemas. Maybe I will check out the 15 plex just to see what it is like.

dyban
dyban on December 13, 2005 at 6:15 pm

After just over 18 years of operation (I want to say it opened in September of 1987), the AMC Century City 14 is closing tonight, December 13, 2005.

ecorche
ecorche on July 13, 2005 at 9:03 pm

In addition to being in close proximity to the film industry, the Century City theatre was also, quite literaly, in the shadow of AMC’s west division offices (located in the Century Plaza towers). As such, this theatre was a flagship location; testing out every new idea/technology, holding test screenings, hosting VIPs, housing the west division academy (ie. gm school), etc. The special demands of managing this theatre were such that there was an extra yearly bonus handed out for working at the Century 14.

Following a corporate realignment, the West division offices were closed and the Century 14 became less central in the company’s west coast operations.

Coate
Coate on June 29, 2005 at 10:09 pm

The AMC Century 14 was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

jackhicko
jackhicko on June 16, 2005 at 11:17 pm

That mall is my favorite place in the world to eat…and I also love that the AMC is one of only two Los Angeles theaters with coffee (what is up with that????), but I got so sick of SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT for every single showing of every film that I stopped considering this theater as an option!
Westwood and it’s theaters were just a five minute drive away.
That Century plaza is fine, but where the heck is the parking lot? When it was the PLITT Century Plaza, it actually served beer. That was some competition.
Since I don’t go there anymore, here is my AMC parking secret: enter the parking lot from Constellation. Drive all the way forward until the lane ends. Turn left. Go to the end of that lane. Park in the corner. Go through the double industrial doors into the stairway. At the top, you will be at Houston’s, with Brentano’s and the AMC Theater on your right.
By the way, in Silverlake I saw a neon “eXpresso” sign! (emphasis mine)

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on November 18, 2004 at 3:54 pm

Correction: The Century Plaza was never much competition to the AMC Century 14. When AMC was able to day and date with Westwood it became the most successful multiplex in LA until Pacific’s Grove was built years later with stadium seating.brucec

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 7, 2004 at 1:31 pm

An “expresso bar”…groan…this makes two theatres demolished in the last couple of years in Century City…