Edwards Big Newport 6

300 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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lukesky7 on November 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

“Black Sunday”(77); “Breaking Away”(78); “Empire Strikes Back”(80) “Return Of The Jedi”(83), among others! It really doesn’t get any better than the Big Newport experience. Delighted that they brought the curtain back, also. A new generation now gets to see how movies are PROPERLY presented! Now, if we could just get rid of annoying pre-show commercials/previews(FOR TV???) & adverts! It just KILLS it!

I realize adverts pay for operations, etc, but come on, keep it on tv & out of this beautiful theatrical experience for crying-out-loud! Anyone else hearin' me on this?

Flix70 on December 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Caught War Horse on the big screen the day after Christmas. While it took a while for a couple of the house lights to go out, it was overall a very enjoyable presentation.

Richie_T on September 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I agree with you, Flix 70. Edwards Big Newport is a portal to movie magic. There’s something really special about that auditorium. There’s no better theater to see a movie on opening night… so many classics over the years… so many great audiences.

Flix70 on September 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

If presentation is important to you, there really is no better place to see a movie in OC than the 1100-seat Big Newport. It is the county’s version of the Cinerama Dome and Chinese theatre in L.A. Nothing else comes close for my money.

I’ve seen some great shows there over 30-plus years – The Black Stallion, The Empire Strikes Back, The Right Stuff, Last Crusade, Batman (will always remember that as James Edwards Sr. told me to remove my feet from the seat in front of me at a midnight screening) and SW Episode 1 on opening night to name a few.

A smile never fails to form on my face just sitting there waiting for the show to start. It’s like visiting an old friend eveytime I enter the autotorium.

If you have had a bad experience there, I assure you it’s a rarity and urge you to give it another try.

Bud K
Bud K on May 25, 2011 at 2:33 am

When I was in So Cal, took the time and saw a movie in this awesome theater, Ok Arthur was an OK
movie it was watchable, But the theater is One of a Kind, Big Screen Big Sound, Big Fun !

My only concern is maintenance, Its time for drapery, seat and carpet replacements, the theater is in a
super nice area of Southern California lets make sure this theater stays around for a long time

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2011 at 12:12 am

funny when I managed theatres in the 70’s and 80’s we had trained UNION operators that were not scoring with Debbie in the candy room.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Just as your car can be maintained 100% and cared for all the time, you probably don’t change your tail light before it burns out.

Many theatres preview their films and they may run fine for dozens of shows, but then that ONE show something goes wacky. Sounds in this case that an amplifier may have gone bad and at that point there is probably nothing that can be done until a replacement is found.

As for why the staff didn’t catch the problem, I may agree with you there. A good projectionist (especially at a six-plex) will make rounds and check the sound from both up in the projection booth and in the auditorium.

But also — you realize this isn’t Regal’s website — so they’ll never see this.

KAJ on March 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Don’t waste your money at:
Edwards Big Newport 6
300 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92808
(949) 640-4600

What a joke your Big Newport Theater is!!
My husband and I took the afternoon off work to see the 1:45 pm showing of “Adjustment Bureau”. We arrived early to the show, viewed the adverts prior to the feature and during the previews for the other films realized the audio was all wrong. Basically, there spoken track was muted to a whisper and the background track was cranked to full. I and several other patrons repeatedly approached the staff to ask that the audio be corrected. After several attempts with no fix the movie started and although we approached the projectionist and the other personnel on site all we were told is to get our money back. There was absolutely no sense that they cared one bit about the failure to project the movie with proper audio. They just let it run on and on and on. This is not the first time this has happened to us at this theater. They do not seem to have qualified people on staff, or they just care very little for their patrons. Is there not a quality control check of the films screened before they are shown to the public? Why did the technician not monitor and realize the problems early with the previews BEFORE the film started. What kind of service is this if they cannot do the one thing — show a film — they are paid dearly to do. The on-site manager was of no help either and had no sense of lost pride regarding their failure to provide us with the service we paid for.
We and all the other patrons (I’d estimate 20) received refunds, but I guarantee I will never visit this cinema again and I will avoid as much as possible the Regal Chain. Terrible attitudes regarding quality work. Just pathetic!

RobertAlex on November 13, 2010 at 9:15 am

Wanted to see Unstoppable today so I called the theater to ensure it was in the big house. I asked if they had switched to Digital projectors and that this was the first week. They are using Sony 4K in all auditoriums except for the Big Newport auditorium, where they are using a Barco projector (I think Cinemark’s XD uses the same). I was told the screen was replaced with a silver one that was the exact same size. So I headed out to check it out.

The preshow was annoying, but after wards the curtains actually closed! Lights came down and they opened up and there was a slide on the screen that said Edwards Big Newport that stayed on till the curtains were opened and the masking went wide. It was a great presentation. The show as awesome. I have been here a few times and was never that impressed with the picture, it always seemed dark. That issue is gone. The image quality was great, now I have never seen a 70mm film here so I cant compare it to that. Compared to the 35mm films I have seen here, this was far more impressive.

The sound was something else. It was so loud, but clear and clean. The bass made your shirt move and the surround was quite noticeable. This was by far the best show I have seen at this fantastic theater. There were about 40 people maybe in that large house for the 10:20 show on opening weekend Saturday night.

TLSLOEWS on May 4, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Well alrighty then.

michaelmount on January 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Mr. Ruhle has obviously slid to our universe….from a parallel where the Edwards VP was a Member of IATSE Local 504 (Orange County CA) He was never a member of our Local. I have been a member of Local 504 since 1978. Furthermore they way you have worded your blog I do not beleive that you were a member of IATSE. You certainly were not a professional projectionist and it seems that your being fired was appropriate. Had you been a member of the IA I would have filed charges against you for violating our jurisdiction and for conduct unbecoming a member.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 1, 2009 at 2:56 am

The architectural firm of Pearson & Wuesthoff designed the 400-seat second auditorium opened at Edwards Newport in 1971. This was reported in the August 24, 1970, issue of Boxoffice. They might have designed the Newport itself, though I’ve been unable to track down any confirmation of this. The same firm designed Edwards Harbor Twin Cinemas in 1970, and a number of other theater projects during that period.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Yes, the Edwards VP was also a member of the Projectionist Union.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 5:12 pm

JohnMessick, sorry to take two and a half years to answer you. Absolutely nothing happened to me. He could not sue because I was just an employee there to help with no contract. I just went back to the Chinese and told my LA business agent that the VP can do XXX with his theater. Later, the VP got fired! Now, the VP could have sue his own Orange County union for not having their own men in the booth, but not LA union. Get this, the VP was actually a member of the Orange County union. And I knew this. He could never sue his own union, that FREAK!!!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 23, 2008 at 10:42 pm

I’d take that website’s info with a grain of salt. For the bulk of the mid-2000’s, I practically lived at this theatre. I NEVER had any issues with actor/subtitle/credit cropping…at least not in the MAIN auditorium. As for the auditorium to the right of the main one, THAT’S A DIFFERENT STORY! ;o)

segask on June 12, 2008 at 5:40 am

at bignewport.com it says the screen is 40x80. Thats 2 to 1. Not 2.4 to 1 or 1.85 to 1. Edwards had mulitplexes with fixed screens like that down in San Diego County as well. How can they get away with that! I remember seeing a few films at their theaters back in the ‘90’s. Credits and subtitles and actors would be cropped off or missing. Ridiculous. Needless to say I never went back.

When Regal took over did they do away with those stupid fixed screens and install screens with adjustable masking so that films can be shown in the proper aspect ratio?

lukesky7 on October 5, 2006 at 7:00 pm


Thank you so much for the info on the “Plitt City Center” in Orange, Ca. I think it’s great that there is some history still preserved regarding the theatre.

Many thanks,


jmarellano on July 25, 2006 at 9:50 pm

Mark, are you talking about:

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lukesky7 on July 25, 2006 at 8:59 pm

I received a response to my comment on July 3rd, but I don’t know where to find it. I clicked on the address…no indication where it is. If anyone can help I would be grateful.

Thanks, Mark

scottof83 on July 7, 2006 at 4:50 am

I drove by the Big Newport today.

People were outside standing (sitting) in line for Pirates. Everyone was wearing the pirate costume. Also, here are the capacities.

Big Newport – 1108 seats.
Aud 2 – 444 seats
Aud 3 – 289 seats
Aud 4 5 and 6 (stadium) – 284 seats.

total – 2693

lukesky7 on July 3, 2006 at 3:51 pm

Hey, Does anyone in Orange County, Ca. remember “The Plitt” as we called it, located where “The Block At Orange” is now located? It was, up until the early 80’s, a single screen with slightly curved screen and incredible sound! Remember walking into the doors past the lobby and the enormous screen seemed to be so close and wrapped around you? Star Wars & ET opening day…and those high-back, rocking seats! Remember the restaurant connected across the breeze-way? What was it called?

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 13, 2006 at 7:14 pm

The pre-show “First Look” is shown, as either “Regal First Look” or “AMC First Look”, since National CineMedia, the company that does the pre-show, is owned by Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment, and Cinemark Theatres.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 13, 2006 at 3:32 pm

Regal has recently changed the name of their (HIGHLY ANNOYING!) pre-show from “The 2wenty” to “Regal First Look”. It’s the same old pre-show crap…with a different name.

danwhitehead1 on April 12, 2006 at 12:04 am

Thank you Joe Vogel.