The Regency Village Theatre (formerly the Fox Theatre, Westwood Village or the Fox Village Theatre) is a historic, landmark cinema in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. Westwood Village, in the heart of Westwood, is near the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is currently operated by the Regency Theaters chain. The Westwood Village Theatre has been the site for many Hollywood movie premieres in Los Angeles. The seating capacity of the cinema is about 1,400.
|Regency Village Theatre|
|Location||961 Broxton Avenue, Westwood, Los Angeles, California|
|Architect||Percy Parke Lewis|
|Architectural style(s)||California Churrigueresque|
(Spanish Colonial Revival)
|Designated||June 21, 1988|
Architectural features edit
Designed by architect Percy Parke Lewis, the Fox was originally built in 1930 and first opened on August 14, 1931, in a Spanish Mission style. The theatre was part of a widespread cinema construction program undertaken by Fox West Coast Theatres. The theatre is part of the 1929 Westwood Village, a Mediterranean-style village development adjoining the University of California Los Angeles planned by Harold and Edwin Janss of the Janss Investment Company.
A feature of the theater is the 170-foot white Spanish Revival/Moderne tower which looms over the Broxton and Weyburn Avenues intersection. Atop the tower is a blue and white metal Art Deco “Fox” sign, which was renovated in the late 1980s.
Carved winged lions sit halfway up the tower at the base of projecting columns. A blue and white sign with the legend "Fox Westwood Village" is positioned at the bottom of the tower just above the entrance. By night, the elegant white tower literally becomes a beacon with its signs and the shaft of the tower illuminated.
In the 1940s, the backstage areas were bricked off.
On October 18, 1951, the Village Theatre was given a Skouras era remodel and reopened, increasing the seating capacity to 1,535, with plaster gold swirls on the stage area side-walls, exit upgrades, new seats, new carpet, and lobby upgrades, including California Gold Rush artwork.
In the late 1970s new 70mm projection equipment was installed and a larger screen added.
In 1988, the Fox Theatre was designated by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission as an Historic Cultural Monument (HCM #362).
Circa 1998-1999, the theater had a remodeling, getting new seating and carpet.
In 2014, Regency added the immersive Dolby Atmos sound system to the theater in time for the movie Transcendence.
Movie premieres edit
Westwood Village hosts around 24 movie premieres per year. Among the major releases debuting here are:  Robots, The Fast and the Furious, A Star Is Born, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, James Bond films, JFK, Mission: Impossible, Batman, each Harry Potter film, Independence Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Emoji Movie, The Lego Movie, Shrek, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise, Overlord, Venom, Murder Mystery, Hairspray, Bullet Train, and hundreds of others.
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