Woodbridge 5

4626 Barranca Parkway,
Irvine, CA 92604

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Rumor has it that Edwards “stole” this five screen complex from Mann Theatres just before it officially opened in the 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 theater.

Contributed by Todd Erwin

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ecorche on June 11, 2005 at 8:15 pm

“Captain Blood” lost their/his lease in early Spring 0f 2005. The theatre was picked up by the Starplex Cinemas chain (a large nation wide chain, based out of Dallas, TX.). Under Starplex’s management, the theatre was closed and almost completely renovated. Beyond cosmetic changes to the lobby and hallways (gone is Blood’s high school haunted house theme), the projectors, soundsystems, seating, curtains, fixtures, etc. were replaced. Additionally, a new management/staff team was put in place. The current theatre operates as a “mid run” (movies which have been in circulation for 3 – 4 weeks) venue.

The theatre is now upgraded to modern standards (minus stadium seating) and called Starplex Woodbridge 5.

RobertR on June 11, 2005 at 8:19 pm

I’m sure nobody will miss that moronic Captain Blood name.

stuberman on February 17, 2007 at 9:41 pm

I managed this theatre as “Edward’s Woodbridge 5 Cinemas” in the early 1980s for a short while.

Rumor had it that Drew Barrymore showed up when we screened “E.T.”.

The theatre seemed to do well and I am surprised to hear about Edwards Cinemas going bankrupt.

One fond memory were the coin operated video machines along the lobby wall which was a gold mine for the company. I remember spending way too much time playing ‘Defender’.

stuberman on February 17, 2007 at 11:08 pm

Also another cool thing I remember was the marquee streetside. It was a rotating metal cage about 8 feet long (think of a thick log being rolled around) with 5 panels that had lots of 2" holes in it. Inside the cage were lamps. We then had a bunch of black plastic plugs to fill the holes that should not light up. And voila! The oddest lit signage you might come across. It didn’t work when I transferred there – and I think the staff called it my folly in that I constantly tried to get it to work!

Not as cool as the black out signs in Westwood Village but rather unique.

CTCrouch on February 18, 2007 at 12:44 am

I work for the current operator and was the GM for this theatre’s relaunch. The signage Stuart spoke of, similar to a child’s “Light Brite” toy (in reverse), is still partially intact. While no longer used and covered over, we ran across the remnants when we were setting up the current light box signage. It must have been something memorable in it’s day, as numerous locals spoke of the old sign.

Fortunately, the Woodbridge has found a new life as a discount theatre. After years of languishing in the shadow of nearby “modern” theatres, the Woodbridge has experienced quite the rebirth and regularly experiences capacity crowds (it does some impressive attendance for a neighborhood five plex).

Flix70 on March 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

This theater has actually been a Starplex second-run veneue for many years now.

CTCrouch on March 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm

As for a rundown of names/operators:

1979 – 2/7/80
Mann Woodbridge
Technically, it was a Mann until noon of the grand opening (2/7/80).
The theatre was initially planned/announced as a four plex; a fifth auditorium (house #1) was added shortly before construction began.

2/7/80 – ¼/01
Edwards Woodbridge Cinemas

3/27/01 – 3/29/05
Captain Blood’s Woodbridge Family 5 & Captain’s Woodbridge Family 5
At some point, the “Blood” appeared to have been dropped.

6/24/05 – Present
Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5, Starplex Woodbridge Dollar Movies 5, & Starplex Woodbridge 5
The specific name has varied slightly between media outlets and even within the company.
The “Dollar” moniker was temporarily utilized when the theatre transitioned from $2 & $3 ticket pricing to $1 & $1.50 pricing, in the fall of 2005.

Flix70 on February 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

The Woodbridge 5 celebrates its 30th anniversary this coming Saturday, Feb. 13. Festivities run from Noon to 10 pm and include auditorium pre-show programming showcasing music and noteworthy events from 1980, commemorative programs, a free movie poster raffle, lobby and auditorium contests for an assortment of movie memorabilia, movie passes, and gift cards, A $1 per ticket charity raffle for an iPod Nano, with additional prizes to be announced, $1 hot dogs, performances by locally famous “Wonder Dog”, plus, a special surprise for all guests.

For more information call 949.733.3795.

CTCrouch on July 16, 2010 at 3:56 am

On July 23, 2010, the Woodbridge will begin offering digital projection in two auditoriums (#2 & #3), with 3-D capabilities. By year’s end, all five auditoriums will be converted to digital.

Logan5 on October 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented at Edwards Woodbridge in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.

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