AMC Classic Woodbridge 5

4626 Barranca Parkway,
Irvine, CA 92604

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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.

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 apect 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 theater and operated it as a second run theatre. It was taken over by AMC in January 2016.

Contributed by Todd Erwin

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Flix70
Flix70 on July 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Walked by today and was surprised to see titles like “Dunkirk” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” listed on the marquee. Matinees are actually $4.99 ($7.99 for 3D) until 4PM, then $6.99 until close ($9.99 for 3D). Still better prices than any other first-run venue in the area.

Seems rather odd, though, that AMC would pit the little five-screen Woodbridge against its nearby Tustin/District multiplex for fist-run choices. Screen size aside, why would your average patron pay $12.69 for a matinee of “Dunkirk” when they could pay $4.99 just a couple of miles down the street.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 4, 2018 at 8:21 am

AMC has now removed the marquee and replaced it with a huge red AMC logo. Films and showtimes are now printed on a piece of paper taped to the box office. This appears to be a growing trend in the industry as most people use their phones now to see what’s playing. Kind of sad, especially when it happens to your childhood theater.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on November 30, 2018 at 11:02 pm

The 2017 price increase/move to first run was primarily due to a growing difficulty in securing bookings. Many of the top tittles simply weren’t being made available for subrun anymore. Couple that with AMC’s business approach (i.e. they were never exactly on board with subrun)and the change was basically unavoidable. As for pitting the Woodbridge against local full price theatres, there was a belief that it would attract people who wouldn’t pay full price, but not draw from people who would pay more for added amenities elsewhere (i.e. Tustin). The ultimate success/failure of the change is debatable.

The marquee removal was the result of a company wide movement to eliminate marquees; viewing them as antiquated and no longer cost effective. Personally, I always felt this particular site benefited greatly from having a marquee, but there was no room for a “unique” case and a blanket corporate policy took precedence.

Flix70
Flix70 on March 6, 2019 at 10:28 am

March always reminds me of the Woodbridge, especially March of 1984. What a great bunch of titles there 35 years ago this month: Splash, Police Academy, Ice Pirates, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and Romancing the Stone. I was in seventh grade back then and my buddies and I must have ridden our bikes there nearly every Saturday that month. I want to say matiness were $2.50. Remember it rained quite a bit, just like today in So. CA. Good times.

Flix70
Flix70 on February 8, 2020 at 9:17 am

Happy 40th birthday to the Woodbridge 5, which opened on this date back in 1980. As someone whose family has lived in Irvine since 1971, we were sure glad to finally have our own theater after years of having to leave the city to see a movie.

Flix70
Flix70 on March 24, 2021 at 8:55 am

The AMC Woodbridge has reopened for weekend business with two screenings each of four films Friday nights and three screenings (matinee) Saturdays & Sundays. Looks like one screen is reserved for private showings.

Flix70
Flix70 on March 28, 2021 at 8:35 am

Michael Mann’s 1981 crime-noir debut “Thief” starring James Caan opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend.

Flix70
Flix70 on April 4, 2021 at 8:54 am

Jerry Lewis' “Hardly Working” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (April 3, 1981). I was 10 years old & off from school the week of its release & couldn’t wait to see it opening weekend. Haven’t seen it since.

Flix70
Flix70 on April 11, 2021 at 9:18 am

The third theatrical re-release of “Star Wars” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (April 10, 1981). It marked the first time the texts “Episode IV” & “A New Hope” appeared at the beginning of the opening crawl.

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