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IPIC Theatres (Official)
Operated by: iPic Theatres
Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, General Cinema Corp.
Firms: Harold W. Levitt & Associates, Hodges & Associates
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: AVCO Center Cinemas, AMC AVCO Center
News About This Theater
- Jun 30, 2014 — Visiting an iPic Theater and considering moviegoing's past, future
- May 25, 2013 — Delay in opening Westwood luxury movie theater
- Aug 4, 2012 — Luxury IPic Theaters coming to Westwood's Avco Center
- May 23, 2012 — Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary
- Jul 3, 2010 — "Back To The Future"...Happy 25th!
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
- Aug 21, 2009 — "Alien" 30th Anniversary
- Jul 15, 2008 — Remembering "Die Hard" -- A 20th Anniversary Tribute
- Jul 15, 2008 — Remembering "Die Hard"
- May 25, 2007 — Happy 30th, Star Wars!
Located in Westwood, formerly the AVCO Center Cinemas, this 4-screen theatre did bang-up business, especially on the weekends - with lines snaking down the block. It was opened by General Cinema on May 24, 1972 with 2,200 seats in three auditoriums. It was closed on December 6, 2011. The AMC AVCO Center was gutted.
In July 2012, iPic Entertainment announced plans to open a new 480 seat theatre on this site designed by Hodges Architecture. Slated to open in early-2013 (this deadline was missed), the theatre will feature six auditoriums seating between 60 and 80 people. Reclining chairs, pillows, and blankets will be provided and at the push of a button, moviegoers can summon waiters for meals and cocktails.
The new theatre was opened on May 2, 2014 as the iPic Westwood, screening “The Amazing Spiderman”.
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35 years ago return of the Jedi debuted in a thx certified dolby stereo 70mm screen. One of the first two thx theaters in America. The other in Texas. Years later lucasfilm sold thx to creative of sound blaster fame and then Razer bought THX. Without THX there would’ve not been premium formats that were calibrated by the audio companies like dolby cinema imax and others. Here’s the trailer that was shown before the movie began called wings…https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wDOy7VlYYFE
I remember it well! When I was watching Solo last night at the Village Theater and they ran the THX trailer, I was just thinking back to those days when the crowd would burst into wild applause for THX! And, yes Happy birthday yesterday to Return of the Jedi, the original Star Wars, AND to THX!
moviebuff82: There were three theaters that were THX certified for the “Return of the Jedi” release. The THX details (and lots more) can be found in my recent “Jedi” 35th anniversary retrospective article.
Just uploaded the grand opening ad. The theatre open under General Cinema in 1972. It might of been a Loews project, based on looking back at the LA Times, Loews left LA in 1971 and the theatres were taken over by General Cinema.
Just update, the iPic Westwood open on May 2, 2014
Grand opening ad: Wed, May 24, 1972 – 72 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.com
That’s a great ad! And, wow, five years and a day before the opening of Star Wars at the Avco!
and the reopening iPic Westwood opening Fri, May 2, 2014 – Page 43 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.com
Can anyone remember which of the three auditoria American Graffiti debuted in?
I saw American Grafiti in cinema 1, the big auditorium