AMC Classic Woodbridge 5

4626 Barranca Parkway,
Irvine, CA 92604

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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

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 949.733.3795

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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.

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 apect 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 theater and operated it as a second run theatre. It was taken over by AMC in January 2016.

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Recent comments (view all 39 comments)

Flix70 on June 27, 2021 at 8:47 am

1981’s “The Great Muppet Caper” starring Kermit, Fozzie & Miss Piggy and “Stripes” starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis & John Candy both opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (June 26, 1981).

Flix70 on July 18, 2021 at 8:14 am

1981’s “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli & John Gielgud opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (July 17, 1981).

It became the fourth highest-grossing film of ‘81 & won Oscars for Best Original Song (“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross) & Best Supporting Actor (Gielgud).

Flix70 on July 25, 2021 at 9:55 am

Brian De Palma’s 1981 neo-noir thriller “Blow Out” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (July 24, 1981).

Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen & John Lithgow, the film was not an initial hit with audiences & started a downturn in Travolta’s career that would last until the end of the decade, but it has since developed a cult following & is now widely considered one of De Palma’s finest efforts.

Flix70 on November 7, 2021 at 8:12 am

Terry Gilliam’s beloved 1981 fantasy-adventure “Time Bandits” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (Nov. 6, 1981).

Featuring David Warner, Ian Holm & Sean Connery, the film was Gilliam’s breakout hit in the U.S., opening at number one & remaining there four straight weeks, finishing the year as the 12th highest-grossing release of 1981.

Flix70 on November 18, 2021 at 8:48 am

Heard the news last week that the Barnes & Noble store a few spots down from the theater in the Woodbridge Village Center will close Jan. 23, 2022 after nearly 30 years in business.

According to a B&N Facebook post, the Irvine Co chose not to renew the lease (a bookstore associate told me they actually “broke” it) so they could develop a preschool site.

Spent many a time at the bookstore before & after a movie at the Woodbridge throughout the ‘90s. It was a nice neighborhood store that had the intimate feel of the old mall bookstores in the '70s & '80s. Pretty sure it was the oldest B&N still operating in OC.

My wife & I enjoyed taking a quick spin inside every now & then when in the neighborhood. We’ll both miss it, as will the community, I’m sure.

Flix70 on December 19, 2021 at 9:56 am

Burt Reynolds' 1981 crime thriller “Sharky’s Machine” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (Dec. 18, 1981).

Featuring Charles Durning, Bernie Casey, Brian Keith & Rachel Ward, this was Reynolds' third film as both director & star and proved to be a modest hit with both critics & audiences alike, finishing the year as the 19th highest-grossing film of 1981.

I can remember watching it quite a bit on cable at a buddy’s house after school & loving all that gritty action, especially the houseboat sequence & that high-rise finale. Good times.

Flix70 on January 13, 2022 at 10:53 am

AMC website says Woodbridge 5 “temporarily closed” and to check back for future updates. Interesting.

CTCrouch on January 13, 2022 at 11:22 am

This past fall the center announced that AMC had renewed their lease and there would be “significant reinvestments to upgrade the experience for guests.” So, they might be starting renovation work.

Flix70 on January 14, 2022 at 8:32 am

Thanks for the update, CTCrouch. Hadn’t heard or seen that announcement anywhere.

I’m a bit surprised AMC actually opted to renew the lease, especially when hosting only two screenings a day (4 & 7pm generally) for most movies, even on weekends. Can’t imagine that model, temporary or otherwise, turning any kind of worthwhile profit.

But to be making “significant reinvestments to upgrade the experience” sure makes it sound like they still believe in the property & it’s ongoing appeal to the community and who can argue with that. Actually sounds like what Starplex was interested in doing before the AMC acquisition, which you reported on your Cinelog site, I believe.

Anything to keep the Woodbridge going. We shall see.

CTCrouch on January 14, 2022 at 11:12 pm

Back when AMC bought Starplex, we were told they planned on eventually conducting a remodel (similar to what they ended up doing with the former Starplex sites in Bakersfield and La Mirada). After taking over the site a full facility survey was conducted and some preliminary plans were created. I remember questioning the awkward positioning of the freestyle soda unit and was told that they wanted to leave room for installing a bar later on (the area currently occupied by video games). I suspect the delay in starting anything was merely the result of timing; the company’s unstable finances, followed by the pandemic, forced them to place such plans on hold and keep the theatre operating as more or less of a placeholder.

Of course, I’ve been out of the AMC Woodbridge loop for a few years now and their plans may have changed. However, being that they signed a new lease recently, I’d assume the original plans are back on the books. The site’s track record, area’s demographics, and the Irvine Company’s willingness to reinvest/share in construction expenses hold too much potential for them to walk away from (someone else would likely step in if they did).

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