AMC Classic Woodbridge 5

4626 Barranca Parkway,
Irvine, CA 92604

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas, Mann Theatres, Starplex Cinemas

Functions: Movies (Family), Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Edwards Woodbridge Cinemas, Captain Blood's Woodbridge Family 5, Woodbridge 5, AMC Woodbridge 5

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 949.733.3795

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Woodbridge 5

Rumor has it that Edwards “stole” this five screen complex from Mann Theatres just before it officially opened on February 8, 1980. Edwards added Dolby Stereo to all 5 screens in the 1990’s. The total seating capacity was 1,200-seats.

Todd Blood, of Captain Blood’s Village Theatre fame, took over the lease in 2001 after Edwards shuttered it as part of their bankruptcy. Todd Blood added digital sound in all but one screen, and the lobby got a make-over. All five screens remained at a fixed 2:1 aspect ratio, which crops movies (1.85:1 is overly cropped top and bottom, and 2.35:1 is severely cropped on the left and right.

In the Spring of 2005, Captain Blood lost the lease. Starplex Cinemas renovated the theatre and operated it as a second run theatre. It was taken over by AMC in January 2016. It was closed for renovations in late-July 2022 and reopened on September 9, 2022. The total seating capacity has been reduced to 354-seats. One screen has 80-seats, there are 3 screens each with 70-seats and the fifth screen has 64-seats.

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Recent comments (view all 59 comments)

Flix70 on July 19, 2022 at 8:18 am

Who closes for renovations in the middle of summer? I guess when your opening at 4 pm & only using two of five screens it really doesn’t matter.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm

Regal, Cinemark and AMC here in Asheville NC did that when they were installing the recliners. It was summer and Christmas time.

Flix70 on August 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

Renovation photos posted.

Flix70 on August 26, 2022 at 8:50 am

As the initial post regarding the Woodbridge’s summer renovation project has been deleted for some reason, I’ll provide an update: the Woodbridge has been closed since late July as AMC is installing reclining seats, updating restrooms and refreshing its concession stand to include a small bar.

According to the Woodbridge Village Assocation, the repairs were scheduled to be completed by August 25. However when I dropped by yesterday (Aug 25), the lobby was still full of workers & materials & the process appeared far from over.

Flix70 on August 26, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Just got an email from the Woodbridge Village Association: the Irvine Company is telling them the Woodbridge 5 reopening is currently scheduled for Sept. 9.

Flix70 on August 28, 2022 at 8:58 am

“House II: The Second Story” opened at the Woodbridge 35 years ago today (August 28, 1987).

Starring Arye Gross, Royal Dano & John Ratzenberger, the stand-alone sequel opened on over 1,000 screens but wasn’t exactly the sleeper hit its predecessor was the year before.

I saw it at the Woodbridge opening weekend and have always found it an amusing 90-minute diversion with a memorable performance by Dano as Gramps.

Flix70 on September 9, 2022 at 3:02 pm

According to the AMC website, The Woodbridge is again open for business starting today with first showings kicking off at 6PM.

All five screens now feature AMC Signature Recliners & reserved seating. A quick look of the online layout shows one theater has 80 seats, three have 70 seats & one has 64 seats. Definitely a more intimate, pared-back set-up compared to its 240-seat average back in the day.

It also appears starting tomorrow weekend matinees will resume for all five films starting at 1PM.

With new amenities come higher prices, though: matinees before 4PM are now $11.09, children $8.99. Shows after 4 PM are $15.89, $12.89 for children. However, their website for this theater still carries the banner “Low Ticket Prices Starting at $5.49 (before 4 PM). Better fix that.

Flix70 on October 14, 2022 at 9:36 am

It appears the Woodbridge is once again “temporarily closed” as of today. Disconcerting at best since they just re-opened a month ago after a six-week renovation.

Flix70 on October 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

Heard from the Woodridge Village Assocation that the temporary closure is only a plumbing issue and that the Woodbridge should re-open Monday.

Flix70 on December 10, 2022 at 8:47 am

The 1982 comedies “The Toy” starring Richard Pryor & Jackie Gleason & “Airplane II: The Sequel” starring Robert Hays & Julie Hagerty both opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago today (Dec. 10, 1982).

Each film debuted on over 1,000 screens with high hopes for the holiday season but “The Toy” proved a bigger hit with audiences, finishing with a total domestic take of $47 million compared to $25 million for “Airplane II,” a far cry from the success of the 1980 original.

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