Regency Lido Theatre

3459 Via Lido,
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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pedro2nd on March 31, 2005 at 6:21 pm


The 2005 Newport Beach Film Festival is thrilled to present Pedro Carvajalâ€\s hilarious and rambunctious feature documentary “POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English”.

Friday, April 22nd @ 12:00 pm at the Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Telephone: 949.673.8350

Bombarded by relentless advertising in a growing culture of junk, one manâ€"activist/artist Ron Englishâ€"dares to hijack corporate advertising, challenging us to change the sham of reality theyâ€\ve created and reminding us that free speech still lives.

Bringing his messages to the masses through billboards and other forms of outdoor marketing, Ron takes traditional advertising hostage, subverting familiar images and words into confrontational art. Whether attacking a popular fast food chain with a manipulated image of its popular icon emblazed with the words “Phat Food,” or taking on a tobacco giant and simply covering their logo with the word “breathe,” Ron implores us to re-evaluate what we see and succumb to it no more.

Infused with Ronâ€\s infectious passion, THE ART & CRIMES OF RON ENGLISH is an engaging thrill ride into the life and art of the “billboard bandit” that will inspire and activate.

Watch the trailer at:

What critics are saying about POPaganda:

“Hilarious and engaging”
—James Israel, Festival Circuit â€" AIVF

“A colorful and riveting look at a subversive and his art”

“Engaging and enjoyable"
—Matt Langdon –

“Ron’s art is an antidote to the poison in our culture”
—Lilly Hatch, NY Arts Magazine

“Should not be missed…"
—Ann Behrens, The Jersey Journal

“Totally delightful. Pedro captures the subversive edge and pop art appeal of English’s art. ”
—Angela Alston & Eric Zechman, Listen With Your Eyes

Pedro Carvajal has made documentaries on East Village squatters, the Yanomami, and
an award-winning film on AIDS patient Karen Sofield. His videos Citizen Art and Subvertising focus on culture jamming in public spaces, particularly billboard liberation, in which an outdoor ad is altered to critique the original company or product, or deliver a public service message.

Ron English: POPagandist, billboard bandit, post-pop pundit, post-punk prankster, counter-cultural cartoonist, subvertising executive, culture jammer. Ron first gained fame in 1982 by surreptitiously reworking billboards to critique American society, risking arrest in the process. Englishâ€\s career has had a wide trajectory, incorporating neo-surrealist paintings, staged photographs, street art, and music.

Length: 78:00 minutes
Genre: Feature Documentary
Director/ Producer: Pedro Carvajal
Featuring the art of Ron English. Also featuring art by Shepard Fairey, ArtFux and Cicada
Music by: The Dandy Warhols, Daniel Johnston, Tripping Daisy, and much more
Editor: Kevin Chapados
Associate Producer: Nicole Steffen
Year: 2004

Tapes and images are available.

Contact number:
tel 201-659-7643 / 201-988-4032 cell
fax: 253-390-3847
Email: or

bkazmer on March 16, 2005 at 1:03 am

Rats! I left out a link that is very good interior shots and the projection room and many others.

bkazmer on March 16, 2005 at 1:01 am

One of my favorite places to go to in my younger days. One of my early dates with my now ex wife was to this theater. It was when we found that people with Vitiligo (moi!) glow in black lights!!! Whoopee! Saw “Modesty Blaise” 1966 with Monica Vitti from the balcony that night. Really bad film…they are remaking it again… finally a good reason for a remake.

Laurel on January 31, 2005 at 4:09 pm

I don’t know if the first message went through. I had not yet registered. Here is the question for anyone out there: Are the tile underwater scenes on the exterior inspired by John Beckman’s similar murals at the Avalon Casino?

Thank you


bamtino on January 17, 2005 at 4:19 pm

According to Laemmle’s website, they do not operate this theatre. Instead, it is a booking client which is actually run by Regency Theatres.
Official website is View link
Also, according to that site, the current name of the facility is Newport Beach Lido Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 6, 2004 at 5:51 pm

If this is the same Lido Theatre that opened on Lido Isle in October of 1939, than it was designed by Clifford Balch. The original owner of the theater was the Griffith Company, the building was 60' x 119', and it had 750 seats.

There were two Balch-designed theaters in Newport Beach. The other, on Central Avenue, was called the Newport Theatre, and was remodeled from an existing building at about the same time the Lido was built.

Bonnalyn on October 6, 2004 at 4:07 pm

The Lido has long been my favorite theatre…even before it got it’s lavish renovation. I’m so happy that is among the few great old theatres that have survived. And, as for it showing “weird, art-house type movies” (in the comment above)….well, thank god for that! In this cultural wasteland we call Orange County, it is great to have a theatre dedicated to quality films! “Viva la Lido!”

dollmd on August 11, 2004 at 7:13 am

I would like to use this picture for my daughter website who should ask permission?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 16, 2004 at 11:01 pm

I don’t think it’s an Edwards house anymore.

dddd on May 12, 2004 at 6:36 am

the firm who owns it is called edwards

JakeM on April 7, 2004 at 10:01 pm

Just went to the Lido for the first tiime 2 nights ago. What a great theatre! We sat in the balcony, giving a great view of the BIG screen. The seats on the main floor must be the most comfortable I’ve ever sat in. They are like rocking chairs…

The walls are painted with a simple underwater motif that glows under the blacklights in the middle of the cieling. It is in pristine condition! It is in a very nice area as well, with a cool diner next door. They seem to play nothing but wierd art-house type movies, but it would be a fantastic place to see a big summer blockbuster.

Donald John Long
Donald John Long on November 19, 2002 at 2:13 pm

I enjoyed each and every visit to this Art Deco – Moderne show palace right in the heart of the affluent Newport Beach community near the exotic Lido Isle. It was always a pleasure to go there, no matter how far I had to drive to get there. I love the neon facade!Truly one of southern California’s Cinema Treasures.