University Village 3

3323 S. Hoover Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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rivest266 on November 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm

This opened on October 11th, 1978. No grand opening ad appeared.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 19, 2015 at 11:32 am

They don’t need a replacement with Regal LA Live (and, soon, Alamo Drafthouse) 5-10 minutes away.

Just drove by and saw the rebuild. I couldn’t help but smirk.

Hammerklavier on November 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Haha I will back Chris up on all of his criticisms of this place. I ventured here exactly once back in the early 2000s, and that was enough for me. I’ve literally been in living rooms with more space and better setups than what the UV3 was sporting. And holy mother of god, the floors… how they could get so sticky, I’ll (thankfully) never know.

It’s unfortunate that AFAIK, the redeveloped UV currently doesn’t include a theater in its plans.

ScottyA on June 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

A horrible, horrible theater! I lived across the street for four years, attending USC. One visit — and I never went back! Blech! Better to drive to Westwood… or just miss the movie.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 8, 2014 at 2:26 am

Good friggin riddance!

meheuck on February 6, 2014 at 2:17 am

This theatre has reportedly closed, unfortunately.

HowardBHaas on February 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Also known as a Triplex

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

aTriple theatre,a rare find.

HowardBHaas on February 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

No, Chris, I was having fun. I thought about doing the same with Danny’s comment, i.e. I should book a flight right away! Fortunately, there are many greatly positive memories on this site, too, albeit none yet for this one!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

Howard: So the right thing for me to do was to keep my mouth closed about my wasted years watching movies here?

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

The facilities aren’t as bad nowadays, save for the graffiti on the seats and general griminess. They have surround sound and (I’m pretty sure) movable masking. But the audiences are just as bad as Chris explained.

HowardBHaas on February 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

Now I am laughing. This site was created so we could “treasure” our historic cinemas. You were doing the reverse, so yes, I was deadpanning appreciation. Of course, I realize there are some not so good, usually post 1960s, movie houses here, too.

HowardBHaas on February 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Chris. It is so good to know just how much our historic cinema gems are truly “treasured” and how fondly people recall their childhood movie theaters.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 22, 2012 at 8:34 am

More observations about this (ahem) theatre:

  1. It is right across the street from the USC Campus
  2. It was independently owned before Flagship took them over.
  3. On a personal note, this particular movie theatre brings back memories…and not in a good way. I lived in South Central LA in the mid-late 80’s through the 90’s. This was the closest (and SAFEST) theatre in the area. Due to both an overprotective parent as well as my own fears of learning LA area bus routes, 90% of the movies I saw were here. So while the rest of LA was Chinesing, Doming and Pre-Split Avcoing in glorious 70MM THX 6 Track Dolby Stereo, I was here spending Saturdays, Sundays and summer breaks with 3 puny movie choices a week, mono sound, fixed width screens, center aisle split seating arrangement with torn up seats, and, if I was lucky, the smell of marijuana enhancing my theatrical experience.

Once I got a driver’s license in the fall of 1990, I ditched this dump and never looked back! When you CT regulars see me ranting about top masking, inferior sound and shoebox auditoriums, this theatre is the reason why.

Memories. Painful painful memories.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Who ran this before Flagship?