Regency Village Theatre

961 Broxton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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haineshisway on December 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

There is quite a wonderful audience at the DGA screenings, dctrig – they are respectful, do not use cell phones, do not munch nachos, and do not chatter and think they’re home watching TV. They are responsive and sort of everything the movie-going audience was when I was growing up. The End.

dctrig on December 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

It’s encouraging that the Village still gets some movie premieres. On Friday Regency management mentioned that the new Jack Nicholson movie “How Do You Know” will premiere there.

dctrig on December 11, 2010 at 11:50 am

Only in L.A. Caught the sold out show yesterday at the Nuart with Halle Berry in person for her very good movie “Frankie and Alice.” Then went to the Village for the 10:20P screening of “The Tourist.” I don’t know if Angelina Jolie was on botox and valium, but her face seemed frozen and devoid of any expression-she also brought down the level of Johnny Depp’s performance. I counted about 60 in the audience.

Regency management gave a little speech and I’m glad they mentioned the historic Lido in Newport Beach(this week you can sit in their balcony and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The closest you’ll come to time travel). The Village and Bruin today has a special screening for 2100 kids of “Yogi Bear”. As I left the Village after Midnight Broxton Avenue was buzzing with workers setting up Jellystone Park and a carnival arcade.

dctrig on December 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

< I simply refuse to go to theaters other than seeing screenings at the DGA (where I’m a member).

Haines, assuming you are a director you must know that your lifeblood is getting bodies into seats. If one is truly watching a movie one tends to block out any surrounding distractions. Most cellphone users I encounter are fairly discreet.

The audience for the last 100+ yeras has ALWAYS been part of the film going experience.

DonSolosan on November 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I haven’t seen a laser pointer at a movie in several years.

markinthedark on November 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I would have to say that 95 percent of my movie-going experiences at this and other theatres are just fine. When it is not it is usually at some American Pie type film that attracts teens who feel the need to augment the film by pointing their laser pointers at on-screen cleavage. My biggest problems with movie going: crowds and parking. My other biggest problem is that we have a 2 year old and have no time to go to the movies. Ah Netflix…

That being said I think you two should stop your argument on this forum because it is getting more annoying than those dang Facebooking iPhone totin' teens.

DonSolosan on November 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Not to mention your arrogance that every movie going experience, all over the country, is exactly like yours… very Trollish of you.

haineshisway on November 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

Um, I don’t have to be scientific to see what’s going on around me. And you don’t have to be a typical Internet pedantic twit – if you agree to disagree, leave it at that and move along. Eat some turkey. Have a cookie. Go to the cineplex and enjoy the ads, the texting, and the helpful cell phone illumination.

DonSolosan on November 25, 2010 at 9:16 am

So you’re extrapolating your experiences and reactions to everyone else? Very scientific.

Here’s another one: remember when people would barge into theaters at any time during the show and find a seat? They don’t do that anymore either.

haineshisway on November 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Here’s my research: Eyes. Ears. Brain. I don’t really need anything else. So, we can agree to disagree and I’m glad that the horrid behavior is either blind to you or not an annoyance. When I sit in a theater lit by cell phones I don’t need to be there.

DonSolosan on November 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

If you have any research to back that assertion up, Haines, I’d like to see it. Otherwise we will have to agree to disagree. There have always been things to eat, and people talking, and rude behavior — remember when people SMOKED in theaters?!

I saw Harry Potter last Saturday at the Village; didn’t notice any electronic devices during the show.

haineshisway on November 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Sorry, disagree completely – adults, and I mean young adults and older adults stopped going to theaters BECAUSE of the idiots and their nachos and talking and horrid behavior – then came cell phones and other devices and that was it for anyone who has respect for the moviegoing experience. I simply refuse to go to theaters other than seeing screenings at the DGA (where I’m a member) – where there are strict rules about no electronic devices used. I would love to go to the Village to see something, but not with a bunch of cretins who can’t go five minutes without checking Facebook. And I say that at my current age and I would have said it at nineteen.

DonSolosan on November 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I would say that what’s keeping the vast majority of adults away is that they have no desire to see movies in theaters. They’re happy with their TVs and home theaters and don’t even know what’s going on in theaters today. There’s a small percentage of adults who’ve attended cinemas recently, and they’re aware — and a percentage of those have chosen to stay away.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on November 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

True, although it’s safe to say that audience disruptions are a large part of what’s keeping them away and are very much a part of the grander problem of an homogenized exhibition environment.

DonSolosan on November 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Adults bailed on traditional moviegoing long before cell phones, lap tops, etc.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on November 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

The difference is that now, home viewing is an alternative. As majestic as the Village’s screen is, I’d rather stay at home than put up with a bunch of un-policed texting and Internet browsing during a film. Such behavior is downright disrespectful to the medium. Ironically, your comment “theaters need to survive” supports our point. Adults have bailed on traditional moviegoing because they have to put up with audience disruptions like this; attendance among younger audiences, especially at the suburban megaplex, has never been higher percentage-wise.

dctrig on November 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Folks, this is 2010, adjust to the times, theaters need to survive. At age 64 I cherish being alive while thousands of young men and women have been killed and maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The audience, young and otherwise, are a part of the movie going experience. Embrace it.

FYI, the so-called golden age of moviegoing, 1920s to 1950s, had their issues: sometimes not so good sightlines-remember all those hats! Balconies were often heavy petting areas for couples.

I was friends with a lady who played for the silent movies in “conservative” Connecticut. While she played the Wurlitzer she sometimes had to contend with men sitting near her telling dirty jokes, badgering her for dates and even pinching her. The cheap seats lured the lower element immigrant population who sometimes snuck in a flask or had been drinking. Sexual activity, while rare happened on at least one New Years Eve.

Factor in smaller seats, less legroom, a ton of second-hand smoke, kids who hung out all day long, women with too much perfume…you get the picture.

My main suggestion for theaters is to cut down on the number of screen times, thereby populating the auditoriums a bit more at each performance. Just like restaurants and clubs, people are attracted to crowds. Too many screen times create small viewing audiences and not enough buzz.

BradE41 on November 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm

THE TOURIST Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie opens Dec 10 at the Village, YOGI BEAR in 3D will open at the Bruin on Dec 17th. These will be the Christmas/New Year movies.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on November 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

dctrig, are you saying that Regency is now actively allowing electronic devices on the balcony? The front row of the balcony is my favorite place to watch a movie at the Village and I’ve never spotted anybody up there using such things. (That said, the past two times, I’ve been the lone person up there.)

BradE41 on November 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I do not understand why people find it necessary to always be texting and scanning the net during a film. ANOTHER reason I appreciate Arclight. They enforce the not using of the irritating devices people are married to these days.

Glad to hear though the Village doing well with this film. I’m probably going this Saturday.

Dublinboyo on November 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

What world do you inhabit where “young people” care about single screen theaters? The only thing I observed they care about is texting and checking Facebook on their devices during the film much to the chargin of this 50 year old. Also, if these “young people” want to watch the film and pay the premimum admission price, why do they bring in their “tablets and notebooks” into the theater? Ain’t that what libraries are for? What ever happened to just watching the movie without resorting to compulsive behaviour every 15 minutes? Riddle me that Batman …

dctrig on November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

On Thursday evening, standing outside the Bruin before I went in, it was fascinating watching the streams of UCLA students filing into the Village-like the Pied Piper of Hamlin was calling them.

On Sunday, I caught Harry Potter again at the Village for the 3:45PM show. A good crowd of about 300. UCLA students definitely like the balcony as they can work on their tablets and notebooks. In my old age(64) I’ve really become a fan of young people-we need them to keep the old single screens alive and their energy is infectious.

BradE41 on November 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I noticed that they sold out the Midnite for HP at both theatres. That is great for Regency. I’m probably going to the Village on that Saturday to see it.

dctrig on November 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

On Saturday 11/20, there will be a Westwood Village fair and tours of the Village and Bruin theaters and movies.

dctrig on November 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Bruin is now also sold out for the midnight showing of the Harry Potter movie. Westwood will be insane that night and I will be there.

Yesterday, after catching the free 7:30PM showing of “Virtue” (1932) at the Bridges Theater at UCLA, I dutifully spent $16 at the 10:20PM showing of “Due Date” at the Village-counted about 18 patrons. One of the worst movies I have seen in a long time; however, Regency is to be commended and supported for running three great single screens, including the Lido gem in Newport Beach. They also just reopened the Valley 6, near Laurel Canyon & Victory in N Hollywood-only $3.