Edwards Big Newport 6

300 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Operated by: Regal Cinemas

Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas

Architects: Robert H. Banco, L. Perry Pearson, Paul Wuesthoff

Firms: BB Architects, Pearson & Wuesthoff

Functions: Movies (First Run)

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Edwards Big Newport 6

Opened February 11, 1969, with 1,130 seats and a 71-foot screen, this was among the last of the large theatres built in Southern California before the advent of the multi-screen shoeboxes in the early-1970’s. It was the fourth theatre built by the growing Edwards chain and for many years it was considered their flagship.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, two smaller screens were added on either side of its building, keeping the original auditorium intact.

Edwards' corporate offices were in the second story of one of the newer theatres and anyone who attended a matinee would probably see James Edwards II, the chain’s founder, greeting patrons. He came to work daily until his death at the age of 90.

In 1996, three stadium auditoriums were added to the building but the Big Newport, with its non-stadium seating, has defied trends and still continues to draw crowds. The total seating capacity was for 3,000. The Big Newport has a loyal following of fans who camp out or at least show up for the first day of the big movies.

Edwards Newport Cinemas is now part of Regal Entertainment Group.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 91 comments)

Flix70
Flix70 on October 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

Caught “The Walk” in 3D on the RPX screen last week. Presentation was great, once they got some issues fixed.

The image did not fill the screen and was both blurry and shaky to start. I had to go out twice to ask the lone concession worker to have someone fix it. Luckily the issues were resolved and the rest of the film played without incident.

Regal needs to follow the Cinerama Dome’s lead and have an attendant in the auditorium at the beginning of the presentation to make sure the picture quality is perfect. Especially when you’re paying $16.50 – $19.00 a ticket.

Flix70
Flix70 on July 6, 2016 at 10:40 am

Caught “The Legend of Tarzan” over the weekend on the RPX screen. While the movie left a lot to be desired, the presentation was great, especially the Auro 11.1 sound by Barco, the first time I can recall hearing it used on the RPX screen.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

1969, July 5th, 1996 and 2007 grand opening ads in photo section.

Coate
Coate on June 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Big Newport was among just eleven theaters in the United States that installed the then-new Dolby Digital sound system for their engagement of “Batman Returns” which opened twenty-five years ago today. And here’s the link to a retrospective article that commemorates the occasion.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm

The Big Newport’s rather austere new auditorium interiors can be seen in this slide show on the web site of the firm that designed the remodeling project, BB Architects.

Flix70
Flix70 on April 11, 2021 at 9:24 am

John Boorman’s 1981 sword & sorcery epic “Excalibur” opened at the Big Newport 40 years ago this weekend (April 10, 1981).

Flix70
Flix70 on May 22, 2022 at 8:46 am

John Huston’s 1982 big-screen adaptation of “Annie” opened at the Big Newport 40 years ago this weekend (May 21, 1982).

Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and newcomer and Aileen Quinn as the titular heroine, the film rolled out slowly on just 14 screens opening weekend, but it had the highest per-screen average ($36,474) of any other release, beating out “Conan the Barbarian” & “The Road Warrior.”

It would go on to gross $57 million against a $35 million budget, finishing its run as the 10th highest-grossing film of 1982.

I saw it opening weekend at the Big Newport as a kid & thought it played pretty well on the 71-foot screen.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 22, 2022 at 9:32 am

Love that this is being kept intact and draws a crowd. Would love to see pics when the curtain is open. Do they still have masking?

Flix70
Flix70 on June 5, 2022 at 9:49 am

1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” opened at the Big Newport in 70mm 40 years ago this weekend (June 4, 1982).

Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & Ricardo Montalban as the titular villain, the film opened at number one with $14 million (the largest opening weekend in history at that time) on over 1600 screens, grossing $79 million and finishing its run as the 6th highest-grossing film of 1982.

The film is still widely considered the greatest Trek film ever made.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 9, 2022 at 9:04 am

Actually Rocky III’s $16 million opening weekend the week before was the largest in history at that time. My bad.

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