Regency Village Theatre -- formerly the Fox Westwood Village

    
961 Broxton Ave.   | map |   

Los Angeles, CA 90014 

(310) 208-5576  

Website:  www.regencymovies.com | Village & Bruin on Facebook

On YouTube: feature presentation strip | policy strip

Architect: Percy Parke Lewis -- evidently his only theatre project.

Opened:  August 14, 1931.  Originally known as the Fox Westwood Village, the theatre was a joint venture of Fox West Coast Theatres and Janss Development, the developer of Westwood Village.  

The theatre was added to the Regency Theatres chain along with the Bruin (across the street) in 2010 after the Mann Theatres lease ended. Mann had been calling it the Village Theatre. Regency started by calling it the Westwood Village Theatre but by the end of 2010 had reverted to calling it just the Village.

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

Seating: 1489 at one time, 1341 currently.

Status: Still a top first run house. For decades it was operated Fox West Coast and then its successor companies National General Corporation and Mann Theatres.

The Westwood Village Theatre has always been known for its top quality sound and projection -- 35mm, 70mm and digital. It has long been a favored house for major premieres.

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

The Fox Westwood in the Movies: 



Richard Gere spends a lot of time wandering around
Westwood in Paul Schrader's "American Gigolo" (Paramount,
1980). Here we get an establishing shot of Westwood
 with the Fox Westwood Village Theatre at the left. 
larger view



We're in lots of exotic places like Berlin, Switzerland
and on Wilshire Blvd. in John G. Avildson's surprisingly good
thriller about the oil business "The Formula" (MGM, 1980).

The film stars George C. Scott, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud
and, of all people, Marlon Brando as an oil tycoon. Here near
the end of the film we get a look, at the right, of the tower of
 the Fox Westwood from oil tycoon Brando's office window.

Earlier, we catch George C. Scott leaving the Vagabond.




Steve Martin goes to the Village Theatre for the
premiere
 
of "Chubby Rain," his film-within-a-film in Frank Oz's "Bowfinger"
(Universal, 1999).
Here we're finding the only remaining seats
are in the front row. It's a photo on
the website Silver Screens.




Another auditorium view from "Bowfinger."
Go to the
the "Bowfinger" page for larger
versions of these frames and more.

More information: See the Regency Village Theatre page on Cinema Treasures for a nice history of the building as well as about 150 photos. 

Good photos (including nice shots of the interior) are on Cinema Tour.   Wikipedia also has an article on the Westwood Village Theatre.


A view of the marquee.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010


 The top of the tower.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

[ click on the images for a larger view ]




A winged beast at the front corner of the building.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The rear of the theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



Display cases at the entrance.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



An exterior column capitol detail.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The entrance doors
.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



A detail on the stairs to the balcony.


  This looks like the only thing in the lobby
that hasn't been painted over many times.  

photo: Bill Counter - 2007




The sculpture on the landing
near the restrooms.

  The decor is a mix of original
touches and
a Skouras era re-do.


photo: Bill Counter - 2007




The stairs looking down from balcony level.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The stair landing.


photo: Bill Counter - 2007



A view down the main lobby toward the

snack bar. The theatre entrance is a little
farther off to the left.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The ceiling of the auditorium. It's in great

  condition (except for the downlights). 

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

Aside from column capitals on the sidewalls, not
much else original is visible. The front is draped
with some Skouras style scrolls along the side
side walls near the screen.  

It's all plush and extremely well maintained.
A great place to see a movie!


A great auditorium view.

  photo: Mark Peacock - 2010

It's part of the LAHTF Facebook Photo AlbumIt was
taken
during a LAHTF "all about" theatre tour. 
| on the LAHTF Facebook page |

Also see Mark's  Vintage Theatres photo set on Flickr
and visit his blog: On the Road With Mark Peacock

 


    Photos of Los Angeles    

  www.facebook.com/groups/244565982234863/



A 1939 view looking up Westwood Blvd. toward the Fox
Westwood Village Theatre. It was added by Ken McIntyre
to his Photos of Los Angeles collection on Facebook. 

full size view



A postcard view looking toward
the Fox Westwood Village. 
full size view




Ice skating in Westwood Village c.1940. It's a photo
 added to the Photos of Los Angeles collection by Bill Gabel.
That's the Fox Westwood Village up there on the left.
 full size view
  | on FB/LATheatres



    Public Art in L.A.    

www.publicartinla.com 



Here's another night view of the tower and the
"Fox" sign. This terrific website has lots of photos
of neon and other theatre signage. Check out the
Wilshire Neon Signs page.  full size view



    Regency Village & Bruin on Facebook    

www.facebook.com/RegencyWestwood


A look up Broxton Ave. in 1943. 
full size view





A 1939 look across the ice of the Tropical Ice Gardens
 toward the tower of the Fox Westwood Village. The rink
was at the southwest corner of Gayley and Weyburn.
full size view



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





A 2012 view of the tower with a projection
promoting "The Hunger Games."
full size view



A look out the exit doors. Note the 40s vintage
Skouras cartouches above the doors. 
full size view




A look at the house left side of the auditorium
showing some details that didn't get covered with
drapes during the 40s Skouras remodel.
full size view




A view from the rear of the theatre. 
full size view


More interior views:
another look toward the exits  |  Skouras mural  |
 |  snack bar  |
  draped auditorium - b & w view | 
... and lots more


Check out their Vintage Photo and
Regency Village sets for many more views
.



    Westwood Village in the 70s & 80s   

www.facebook.com/groups/44871566287


Looking toward the Fox Westwood in
December 1974. It was added to the album
by Lisa Kurtz Sutton.
 full size view



    YouTube - Redford at the Fox Westwood    



This 1965 view of the tower sign lettering of the
Fox Westwood is part of a 1 1/2 minute home movie
clip featuring
Robert Redford at the Fox.
It was shot by Roddy McDowell.


On YouTube:
 Robert Redford at the Westwood Fox 1965














  



A view of the Fox Westwood Village,

now the Regency Village Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

[ click any of these for a full size view ]



 Looking up Weyburn Ave. toward
the
Westwood Village Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



A night view
.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010


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    B'hend and Kaufmann Collection   

digitalcollections.oscars.org/cdm


A Nate Singer photo of the Fox Westwood from 1950
 with "Sundowners" and Disney's "Cinderella" on
the marquee. Note the end panel: "The Place To Go."

full size view

The Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection
is part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection.



    Cinema Tour   

www.cinematour.com    



This always interesting site's
Village Theatre page
has interior shots by  Scott Neff including this 2003
auditorium photo.

full size view

Also see:

 |
snack bar | stair landing|



    Cinema Treasures    

cinematreasures.org/theaters/246


Hollywood 90038 has taken this lovely 2008
view of
the ceiling of the Village Theatre.
full size view





Another look at the famous star-design ceiling.
 Relatively unchanged -- except for the 50s addition
of the downlights. 
It's a photo by Hollywood 90038.
full size view

Also see:

| 2010 booth view - Norelcos - by Senorsock  |

..and lots more views by many other contributors
are on the Cinema Treasures page as well.


    Docoleg on Flickr    

flickr.com/photos/docoleg/sets/


A fine shot showing off tower of the
Fox Westwood
Village Theatre at dusk.
 
full size view



    Experiencing Los Angeles   

www.experiencingla.com



A nice view of the lobby on David's blog. It's one of
 many views of the theatre from his 2009 post on the
 "Fox Westwood Village Theatre."
 full size view





A view of the front of the Skouras-style
auditorium by David. 
full size view




    Fox  LA   

www.myfoxla.com  


When this site did a salute to local
businesses
they featured this nice wide angle
view of the
the Village Theatre.  
full size view



    Hollywood Photographs    

www.hollywoodphotographs.com


The extensive Bruce Torrence Collection has
this 1938 view of the Village Theatre marquee.
full size view

Browse the collection: theatre photographs




    Huntington Digital Library    

hdl.huntington.org/cdm



A stunning 1931 panorama from Pettit's Studio in the
Huntington Library's Verner Collection of Panoramic Negatives.
full size view



A detail from the 1931 photo as we look up Broxton toward
the Fox Westwood Village. Click on the image to enlarge.




A 1932 view of Westwood Village from the Huntington Library's
Verner Collection of Panoramic Negatives.
full size view




A detail from the 1932 photo. Click on the image to enlarge.




An extraordinary 1933 look at the theatre from the south. It's a
C.C. Pierce photo in the collection of the Huntington Library. 
full size view

On the Huntington Library pages you can
use the slider to get a larger image -- then you
can pan around to explore details.




A detail from the photo above. Click to enlarge.



An amazing 1934 Pettit's Studio panorama of Westwood Village.
full size view



A detail of a small section of the photo above. Click on it to enlarge.

 


     In 70MM    

www.in70mm.com



Here we're looking at a Norelco
DP70 35/70MM
 machine in the
Village Theatre booth.The undated
 photo is by Alysson DeFaria. 

full size view

It's a photo on this site's
DP70s in California page.
Thomas Hauerslev's wonderful site is the place to visit
 for information about 70mm projector history, news
 of 70mm festivals and more.


It looks like we have 5 different soundheads. In addition to
 the 6 & 4 channel mag head and optical head in the Norelco,
 we have stacked on top a DTS reader, a Sony SDDS head
 and Dolby Digital capability.

Also see:
 | 1994 Thomas Hauerslev photo  |



    L.A. Public Library Photo Collection    

www.lapl.org   


Here's the auditorium in an early view
from the
Library's collection. 
full size view



A 30s lobby view from the LAPL collection.
full size image



Another early look at the lobby.
full size view 



The stairs at restroom level in an early 30s view.
The doors at left lead into the auditorium.
full size view



A look at the alcove outside the restrooms
on the mezzanine level. 

full size view




A lounge area off the lobby
-- again in an early 30s view.
full size view




An exterior view from the Library's collection.
The Bruin Theatre is peeking out on the right.
full size view




A closer 1938 view when the theatre
was running "My Lucky Star." 
full size view





A c.1938  Ralph Morris photo looking toward
 Chapman's drugs and the Fox Westwood.
full size view


Other exterior views in the Library's collection include:
 | marquee close up - 1938 |

 


    Don Solosan - LAHTF   

www.lahtf.org | Facebook group page | official FB page


A 2010 view of the auditorium by Mr. Solosan
during an LAHTF "all about" tour of the theatre.
full size view



    Vintage Los Angeles   

facebook.com/VintageLosAngeles


A 1936 view from a blimp -- note the shadow
at the bottom. The Fox Westwood Village is
in the upper left. It was added to the Vintage
 Los Angeles collection by Johnny Nicoloro. 
full size view


In the photo above note that across the street from the
Fox the site of the Bruin is still an empty lot. The photo also
appears on the Regency Theatres Facebook page.





A great postcard view added to Vintage Los Angeles
by Obet Maldonado, who manages the Village
and Bruin Theatres. 
full size view





A wonderful 1949 Life magazine view looking toward
the Fox Westwood Village Theatre. It was posted by
Kenneth McIntyre on Vintage Los Angeles.
full size view
  | a re-post

Also visit Kenneth's Photos of Los Angeles
group on Facebook.





A 1976 view from the Richard Wojcik collection
with the Village Theatre set for the world
premiere engagement of "A Star is Born." 
It's a photo by Alan Light.
full size view





Richard Wojcik added this 1977 "Saturday
Night Fever" look at the Fox Westwood to the
collection on Vintage Los Angeles.
full size view  |  on FB/LAtheatres



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


Also on Vintage Los Angeles:
| 1948 premiere - "Adventures of Casanova"  |