Edwards Big Newport 6

300 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 21, 2023 at 6:02 pm

Replaced the grand opening ad.

HundredFaye
HundredFaye on August 17, 2023 at 8:08 pm

According to an old article I found, this used to be the location of Edwards Cinemas’ headquarters before their merger into the Regal Entertainment Group in 2002…

Flix70
Flix70 on August 6, 2023 at 11:48 am

Andrew Davis' Oscar-winning 1993 adaptation of “The Fugitive” opened at the Big Newport 30 years ago today (August 6, 1993).

Starring Harrison Ford, Sela Ward & Tommy Lee Jones, the highly anticipated action-thriller debuted at number one on 2,340 screens & held the top spot for the next five weeks, grossing just south of $184 million in North America & finishing its run as the third highest-grossing film of 1993.

The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and won for Best Supporting Actor (Jones). It remains a textbook for smart action filmmaking to this day.

Flix70
Flix70 on July 23, 2023 at 11:42 am

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1998 adaptation of Robert Rodat’s “Saving Private Ryan” opened at the Big Newport 25 years ago this weekend (July 24, 1998).

Starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore & Matt Damon, the WWII drama debuted at number one on 2,453 screens at held the top spot for the next three weeks, remaining in the top 10 through early October. It would go to gross $216 million in North America & finish its domestic run as the highest-grossing film of 1998.

The film earned 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won five, including Best Director for Spielberg.

Flix70
Flix70 on July 9, 2023 at 12:11 pm

2003’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” opened at the Big Newport 20 years ago today (July 9, 2003).

Starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley & Geoffrey Rush, the big-screen adaptation of the beloved Disneyland attraction debuted at number one on over 3,200 screen & remained in the top 10 through late September, grossing $305 million in North America & finishing its run as the third highest-grossing film of 2003.

Depp received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Captain Jack Sparrow & would go on to star in four sequels over the next 14 years.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 11, 2023 at 1:07 pm

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1993 adaptation of Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” opened at the Big Newport 30 years ago today (June 11, 1993).

Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern & Jeff Goldblum, the “dinosaurs run amok” adventure debuted at number one on over 2,400 screens grossing a then-record $50 million its opening weekend. It would surpass $100 million in a then-record nine days & remain on at least 1,000 screens until late September, eventually netting $357 million in North America (then second all-time behind Spielberg’s “E.T.”) during its initial 70-week run & finishing as the highest-grossing film of 1993.

The film would win Oscars for Best Sound, Sound Effects Editing & Visual Effects & pave the way for modern motion-picture computer-generated imagery (CGI) into the 21st century, with one historian commenting the film “heralded a revolution in movies as profound as the coming of sound in 1927.”

I saw “Jurassic Park” at the Big Newport that first Friday night on the big screen with a full crowd & consider it one of my most memorable experiences there, right next to “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Batman” & “Star Wars Episode 1.”

Flix70
Flix70 on May 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

Renny Harlin’s 1993 action-thriller “Cliffhanger” opened at the Big Newport in 70mm 30 years today (May 28, 1993).

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rooker & John Lithgow, the “Die Hard on a Mountain” adventure debuted at number one on over 2,300 screens & remained in the top 10 through early July, grossing just north of $84 million in North America & finishing its run as the 10th highest-grossing film of 1993.

MSC77
MSC77 on February 26, 2023 at 5:53 pm

A chronology of Orange County’s 70mm presentation history has recently been published. Edwards Newport is, of course, mentioned numerous times.

Flix70
Flix70 on December 11, 2022 at 11:34 am

Rob Reiner’s Oscar-nominated 1992 adaptation of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” opened at the Big Newport 30 years ago today (Dec. 11, 1992).

Starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore & Jack Nicholson, the military courtroom drama debuted at number one on nearly 2,000 screens and held the top or number-two spot for the next six weeks, grossing over $140 million in North America & finishing its run as the 5th highest-grossing film of 1992.

Flix70
Flix70 on November 13, 2022 at 11:37 am

Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning 1992 adaptation of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” opened at the Big Newport 30 years ago today (November 13, 1992).

Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder & Anthony Hopkins, the gothic thriller debuted at number on over 2,400 screens with nearly $31 million its opening weekend (a then November record), grossing just shy of $83 million in North America & finishing its domestic run as the 15th highest-grossing film of 1992.

My then-girlfriend & I caught the film on the big screen that first Saturday night (after attending a co-worker’s wedding) and remember being greeted with a line down to the street, a regular occurrence for event films opening weekend.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 9, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Actually Rocky III’s $16 million opening weekend the week before was the largest in history at that time. My bad.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 5, 2022 at 12:49 pm

1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” opened at the Big Newport in 70mm 40 years ago this weekend (June 4, 1982).

Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & Ricardo Montalban as the titular villain, the film opened at number one with $14 million (the largest opening weekend in history at that time) on over 1600 screens, grossing $79 million and finishing its run as the 6th highest-grossing film of 1982.

The film is still widely considered the greatest Trek film ever made.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 22, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Love that this is being kept intact and draws a crowd. Would love to see pics when the curtain is open. Do they still have masking?

Flix70
Flix70 on May 22, 2022 at 11:46 am

John Huston’s 1982 big-screen adaptation of “Annie” opened at the Big Newport 40 years ago this weekend (May 21, 1982).

Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and newcomer and Aileen Quinn as the titular heroine, the film rolled out slowly on just 14 screens opening weekend, but it had the highest per-screen average ($36,474) of any other release, beating out “Conan the Barbarian” & “The Road Warrior.”

It would go on to gross $57 million against a $35 million budget, finishing its run as the 10th highest-grossing film of 1982.

I saw it opening weekend at the Big Newport as a kid & thought it played pretty well on the 71-foot screen.

Flix70
Flix70 on April 11, 2021 at 12:24 pm

John Boorman’s 1981 sword & sorcery epic “Excalibur” opened at the Big Newport 40 years ago this weekend (April 10, 1981).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

The Big Newport’s rather austere new auditorium interiors can be seen in this slide show on the web site of the firm that designed the remodeling project, BB Architects.

Coate
Coate on June 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Big Newport was among just eleven theaters in the United States that installed the then-new Dolby Digital sound system for their engagement of “Batman Returns” which opened twenty-five years ago today. And here’s the link to a retrospective article that commemorates the occasion.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 10, 2016 at 6:39 pm

1969, July 5th, 1996 and 2007 grand opening ads in photo section.

Flix70
Flix70 on July 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Caught “The Legend of Tarzan” over the weekend on the RPX screen. While the movie left a lot to be desired, the presentation was great, especially the Auro 11.1 sound by Barco, the first time I can recall hearing it used on the RPX screen.

Flix70
Flix70 on October 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Caught “The Walk” in 3D on the RPX screen last week. Presentation was great, once they got some issues fixed.

The image did not fill the screen and was both blurry and shaky to start. I had to go out twice to ask the lone concession worker to have someone fix it. Luckily the issues were resolved and the rest of the film played without incident.

Regal needs to follow the Cinerama Dome’s lead and have an attendant in the auditorium at the beginning of the presentation to make sure the picture quality is perfect. Especially when you’re paying $16.50 – $19.00 a ticket.

Flix70
Flix70 on September 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

Looks like the new RPX screen will host its first 3D engagement this weekend with “Everest.” 3D matinee prices are only $1 more ($16.50) with evening shows $19.00.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on August 2, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Hey Flix and Richie, whatever petty reservations I might have about the curtains and the new color of the walls, I am really thrilled that the Big N is packed again on the weekends. last night I looked at Fandango for the evening show and MI 5 was almost sold out. There were like 20 seats left open! So what they did is working, as I never thought i would see a sold out show at this place again.

It is technically a fantastic cinema with one of the best looking pictures i have seen on one of the biggest screens in Southern Calif. If is was not 70 miles each way, I would be there a lot more.

Richie_T
Richie_T on August 1, 2015 at 11:41 pm

For me, the newly renovated Big Screen did not disappoint. Although I do miss the curtain and can do without the Regal pre show, I really appreciate the extra space and comfort of this modern configuration. It’s the next logical step and feels right for this landmark of cinema. The screen looks amazing and was wide as I remembered it for today’s showing of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Great sound. Good crowd. Long live Edwards Big Newport. The old man would be proud.

Flix70
Flix70 on August 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I agree with you about the charm being gone, RobertAlex, but I’d still take it over any other theater in Orange County. Everything here is stadium-style and completely devoid of personality. No more Cinedome; no more South Coast Plaza III. The Chinese and Cinerama Dome are still the best movie palaces in So CA, but since I rarely make it up to L.A., I’ll take what I can get down here.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on July 30, 2015 at 6:32 pm

I finally made it down to see AntMan at the Big N last weekend. First off, hats off to Regal for installing a laser projector, the pic has never looked better there and as Flix stated above, the screen does seem bigger. Also, cheers for keeping it as one auditorium and for not forcing us to watch something in 3D (at least for AntMan).

That is about all the good I can say. All the charm is gone, and when you walk into the auditorium and you are confronted with a huge open white screen; you might as well be in any multiplex usa. The curtains are gone. There does seem to be masking and it appears they kept the common height screen, so at least they got that right.

I really dont want to bag on the theater, I understand that changes had to be made to get butts in the seats. Many times I have been here on an opening night for a popular film and there were like 30 of us in that huge place. I just wish they kept the red curtains and didnt treat the walls as they were carpets with that tacky blue treatment that have up. Also, what is with no Dolby Atmos? The sound is still terrific, but one would think with all the money they spent they could have installed Atmos.

The remodel really makes me appreciate what they did to the Chinese up in Hollywood. I really really wanted to like what they did, but I doubt I will make the trip down to Newport Beach again to check it out for a second time.