Regency Bruin Theatre

948 Broxton Ave.   | map |   

Los Angeles,  CA 90024

(310) 208-8998  

Website:  |  Bruin & Village on Facebook  |

Opened: 1937

Architect: S. Charles Lee

Seating: 876 at opening, currently 670 -- all on one floor.

Screen size: 50'  There is no stage -- this was designed strictly as a film house.

Status: Still a major first run venue. For years it was operated by Mann Theatres but became a part of the Regency Theatres circuit (along with the Westwood Village across the street) in 2010.

The L.A. Times ran a story about the transition: "2 Historic Westwood Theaters Saved From Possible Closure" in April 2010.

The Bruin was equipped for 70mm in 1978 with two of the Norelco AAII projectors from the Carthay Circle. In recent years most of the projection has been digital.

The Bruin in the Movies: Veteran projectionist Mike Schleigel notes that we see some the Bruin Theatre's exterior and lobby in John Frankenheimer's "The Young Stranger" (RKO/Universal, 1957).  It stars James MacArthur as a 16 year old son of a wealthy movie producer who gets into a scuffle with the Bruin manager. He's unable to convince his father he was acting in self defense. Kim Hunter and James Daly are his parents.

We get a shot of Richard Gere at the Bruin's entrance in
Paul Schrader's "American Gigolo" (Paramount, 1980).
Thanks to Yuri on Movie Tourist for the Screenshot.
larger view | on Movie Tourist

See our Theatres In Movies post on "American Gigolo" for
views of the Fox Westwood and the Egyptian from the film.

The Bruin Theatre on video: See the short video "Insiders Peek #4: Village, Bruin, Crest" on the LAHTF YouTube channel.

More information: See the Bruin pages on  Cinema Treasures  and  Cinema Tour.

The entrance of the Bruin. 

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

A peek into the lobby.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

Looking back from deeper in the lobby.

photo: Don Solosan- Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2010

The stairs at left go up to the booth and restrooms. At the
 right note a bit of the colonial revival detailing that Lee liked
 to mix with his art deco.

A lovely stained glass window upstairs.

photo: Don Solosan- Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2010

[click on any of these to enlarge ]

The aisle-level auditorium vista.
Sorry, no vintage end standards.

photo: Don Solosan- Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2010

 about photos from other
websites that appear on this page...

We've tried to give appropriate credit. Please
contact us if there are incorrect attributions, links that
no longer work or other issues. A link near each image will
direct you to a full size version on the website hosting it.
Assume that all the images are subject to copyright
restrictions.  Contact the webmaster of the site in
question concerning reproduction or other use.

    Hollywood Photographs

The wonderful Bruce Torrence Collection has
  this 1938 view of the Bruin Theatre.
 full size view | data page

Browse the collection:
theatre photographs  |

    Docoleg on Flickr

A great shot showing off the

Bruin Theatre's neon. 
full size view

    LA Okay  

Here's a look at the Bruin
from LAOkay
full size image

    L.A. Public Library Photo Collection   

From the Library's collection--an exterior
view from 1938
with the Bruin running "Boy Meets Girl."
full size image

The photo above also appears in the
 Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection
where it's credited as being from Marc Wanamaker.

A 1955 premiere at the Bruin Theatre,
in a Ralph Morris photo. 
full size view

    Regency Village & Bruin on Facebook    

A 1948 premiere of "The Adventures of
Casanova" at the Bruin in a photo from the

Regency Village and Bruin Facebook page. 
full size view

The "Casanova" shot also appears
 on Photos of Los Angeles.

A December 1947 Life magazine shot looking toward
the Fox Westwood Village. Both theatres are running
Hitchcock's "The Paradine Case" (with Gregory Peck,
Alida Valli and Louis Jordan) for the premiere. 
full size view

Check out their Bruin Vintage Photo set for more views.

    UCLA -  S. Charles Lee Papers |

A rendering of the exterior from the S. Charles Lee office. 
full size view

In the UCLA collection's S. Charles Lee Papers
collection is this 1937 view of the lobby. 
full size view

Also in the UCLA collection:
 | floorplan | another plan version |

    YouTube - Redford at the Fox Westwood    

Historic Theatres along Wilshire Blvd. -- The Bruin in Westwood

This 1965 view looking down on the Bruin from the
tower of the
Fox Westwood is part of a minute and
a half home movie clip featuring
Robert Redford
at the Fox. It was shot by Roddy McDowell.

On YouTube:
 Robert Redford at the Westwood Fox 1965

The Bruin Theatre, an S. Charles Lee design from 1937.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

[click on any of these to enlarge ]

"Bruin Nocturne" by Tony Peters

See more of Tony's work at

A night view of the Bruin.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010


The view back out toward the entrance.

photo: Don Solosan- Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation
- 2010

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is an organization
that offers tours of historic theatres, promotes events and works
 toward preservation and reuse of the buildings. | LAHTF on Facebook

S. Charles Lee's sign pointing us upstairs.

photo: Don Solosan- Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2010

The view toward the screen.

photo: Don Solosan- Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2010

    Cinema Treasures

An undated interior view added to the Cinema

page on the Bruin Theatre by Bill Gabel. 
full size view

Looking behind the auditorium curtains at a Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation 2010 "all-about' tour of the
 theatre. The photo is by CT contributor Senorsock.

full size view

A 2010 lobby shot by Senorsock of a
doorway leading into the auditorium.
full size view


     In 70MM    

Here we're looking at the Bruin booth in 1994 with 2 Norelco
 DP70 35/70MM machines in place. It's a photo on this site's
DP70s in California page. The photo is by Thomas Hauerslev. 
full size view

Mr. Hauerslev's wonderful site is the place to visit
 for information about 70mm projector history, news
 of 70mm festivals and more.

One machine was later removed for a digital projector
 installation. The machines were originally installed at the
 Carthay Circle Theatre for the run of "Around the
World in 80 Days" in 1956.


    Mann Theatres    

This interior photo used to appear on the Mann Theatres
 website when they were operating the Bruin Theatre.

Mann Theatres, once the largest circuit on the west coast,
was acquired by a partnership of  Warner Bros. and Paramount
 after the circuit had entered bankruptcy. The new firm gradually
sold off all the assets
and ceased to exist in December 2011.

    Photos of Los Angeles

A look at the facade of the Bruin in 1943 added by
 Ken McIntyre to the Photos of Los Angeles collection.
 full size view

A 1955 photo of the Bruin added to the
collection by Bruce Kimmel. On the marquee:
 Alec Guiness in "Ladykillers."
full size view
  | on FB/LATheatres

The 1955 view also appears in the AMPAS
Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection.

A 1966 look at the Bruin from the Bruce Kimmel
collection. The film is Woody Allen's
June 1965
United Artists release
"What's New Pussycat?"
 full size view  | on FB/LATheatres

    Vintage Los Angeles    

A 1938 view added to the Vintage Los Angeles
by Jon Haimowitz. The Bruin is running
"Bringing Up Baby"
and "Big Broadcast of 1938."
full size view |
on Vintage LA

A 1952 look at the theatre from Richard Wojcik.

A wonderful 1987 look toward the Fox Westwood Village
 and Bruin Theatres from the Richard Wojcik collection.
full size view | on Vintage LA

The Bruin in July 1995. It's a photo from the
Richard Wojcik collection. Thanks, Richard!