Century Plaza Cinemas
2040 Avenue of the Stars,
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A standard 1970’s design (which includes a lot of curtains), the theater’s main house was very similar to the Loews Astor in NYC, but not as wide, but just as long. The main house seated around 1,400 people and the second house seated around 800 people, when it opened as the ABC City Theatres on April 5, 1972 with the West Coast premiere of “Cabaret”.
In the mid-1980’s, Cineplex took over the Century Plaza Cinemas and remodeled the theater. Unfortunately, this work included a conversion of the main screen into three smaller, separate screens.
By comparision, if one were to cut the Astor’s rear seats from the main seating area, one would create screens 3 and 4 at the Century Plaza. As a result, the theater’s original second screen became considered its main screen.
This theater was often used as a preferred location for private trade screenings, a common occurence in Los Angeles. It also hosted the occassional premiere.
It closed on July 27, 2003 and was demolished the following year.
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