AMC Classic Woodbridge 5
4626 Barranca Parkway,
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AMC Theatres (Official)
Operated by: AMC Theatres
Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas, Mann Theatres, Starplex Cinemas
Functions: Movies (Family), Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Edwards Woodbridge Cinemas, Captain Blood's Woodbridge Family 5, Woodbridge 5, AMC Woodbridge 5
Rumor has it that Edwards “stole” this five screen complex from Mann Theatres just before it officially opened on February 8, 1980. Edwards added Dolby Stereo to all 5 screens in the 1990’s. The total seating capacity was 1,200-seats.
Todd Blood, of Captain Blood’s Village Theatre fame, took over the lease in 2001 after Edwards shuttered it as part of their bankruptcy. Todd Blood added digital sound in all but one screen, and the lobby got a make-over. All five screens remained at a fixed 2:1 aspect ratio, which crops movies (1.85:1 is overly cropped top and bottom, and 2.35:1 is severely cropped on the left and right.
In the Spring of 2005, Captain Blood lost the lease. Starplex Cinemas renovated the theatre and operated it as a second run theatre. It was taken over by AMC in January 2016. It was closed for renovations in late-July 2022 and reopened on September 9, 2022. The total seating capacity has been reduced to 354-seats. One screen has 80-seats, there are 3 screens each with 70-seats and the fifth screen has 64-seats.
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Heard from the Woodridge Village Assocation that the temporary closure is only a plumbing issue and that the Woodbridge should re-open Monday.
The 1982 comedies “The Toy” starring Richard Pryor & Jackie Gleason & “Airplane II: The Sequel” starring Robert Hays & Julie Hagerty both opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago today (Dec. 10, 1982).
Each film debuted on over 1,000 screens with high hopes for the holiday season but “The Toy” proved a bigger hit with audiences, finishing with a total domestic take of $47 million compared to $25 million for “Airplane II,” a far cry from the success of the 1980 original.
The 1983 comedy “The Sting II” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (February 18, 1983).
Starring Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis & Teri Garr, the quasi-sequel to the Oscar-winning 1973 original debuted at number three on over 1,200 screens (the largest roll-out of the new year) but didn’t find the success of its predecessor, grossing just $6 million during its initial run before leaving theaters in early March.
It did receive a lone Oscar nomination, however, for Best Adaptation Score (Lalo Schifrin).
The 1983 romantic adventure “High Road to China” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (March 18, 1983).
Starring Tom Selleck (in his first headlining feature film), Bess Armstrong & Wilford Brimley, the film debuted at number one on over 1,500 screens, knocking “Tootsie” out of the top spot after 13 weeks, and remained in the top ten until mid-April, finishing its domestic run with a take just north of $28 million.
Not a big hit, but an entertaining film with a wonderful score by John Barry.
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age classic “The Outsiders” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (March 25, 1983).
Starring Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio and a bevy of up-and-coming young stars (including Rob Lowe, Diane Lane & Tom Cruise) the film opened at number two on over 800 screens (increasing to over 1,000 by early April) and remained in the top ten through early May, finishing with a domestic take just south of $26 million.
Also opening at the Woodbridge the same week: “The Black Stallion Returns” & “Max Dugan Returns.”
I remember those movies coming out thar weekend at the Edwards Woodbridge because I was the General Manager of that theater
Adrian Lyne’s hit 1983 dance drama “Flashdance” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (April 15, 1983).
Starring Jennifer Beals & Michael Nouri, the film opened at number two on over 1,000 screens and remained in the top ten through late July (re-entering it for the month of September) and finished its run as the third highest-grossing film of 1983 with a domestic take just north of $90 million.
Today “Flashdance” is mostly remembered for its top-selling soundtrack, including the Oscar-winning number-one song “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara.
Also opening at the Woodbridge the same weekend: “Lone Wolf McQuade,” starring Chuck Norris & David Carradine.
I remember when I was the General Manager of the Edwards Harbor twin in Costa Mesa when Flasdance came out. It was one of the rare movies that word of mouth was so good our business the second week was actually more than the first opening week @
The 1983 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (April 29, 1983).
Starring Jason Robards, Pam Grier and Jonathan Pryce, the October-set, Disney-produced dark fantasy debuted at number two on over 800 screens but failed to find an audience in a crowded spring field and was bumped out of theaters within a month, grossing under $10 million against a $20 million budget.
Despite its box office failure, the film did win the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film and has developed a cult following over the years, featuring one of composer James Horner’s most beloved early scores. I still screen it every October, where it belongs.
John Badham’s 1983 techno-thriller “Blue Thunder” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (May 13, 1983).
Starring Roy Scheider, Daniel Stern & Malcom McDowell, the film opened at number one on over 1,500 screens & remained in the top ten through late June, finishing its run as the 16th highest-grossing film of ‘83 with a domestic take just north of $42 million.
Badham would have an even bigger hit a few weeks later with “WarGames.”