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.

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.

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Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

Flix70 on April 4, 2021 at 11:54 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 on April 11, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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.

Flix70 on May 21, 2021 at 2:35 pm

1981’s “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (May 22, 1981), starring Christopher Lloyd as Butch Cavendish, Jason Robards as Ulysses S. Grant & newcomer Klinton Spilsbury as the eponymous Masked Man.

The first big-screen adaptation featuring the iconic character in more than 20 years, it was considered a major release for the summer of ‘81, backed by action figures, storybooks & a 1000-screen rollout over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately poor reviews, the producers’ treatment of ‘50s Lone Ranger Clayton Moore & Spilsbury’s performance (he won the Razzie for worst actor and never made another movie again) sunk the film & booted it out of theaters by early June.

I was 10 when I saw it at the Woodbridge opening weekend, had collected all of the action figures prior to release, & enjoyed it for the most part. Still revisit it & the John Barry score from time to time.

Flix70 on June 12, 2021 at 6:54 pm

1981’s “Clash of the Titans” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago today (June 12, 1981), starring Harry Hamlin, Burgess Meredith & Laurence Olivier.

Flix70 on June 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

1981’s “Superman II” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago today (June 19, 1981).

Still considered one of the best super-hero/sequels movies ever made, it was the third highest-grossing film of 1981 (one of three make over $100 million) & won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.

Flix70 on June 27, 2021 at 11:47 am

1981’s “The Great Muppet Caper” starring Kermit, Fozzie & Miss Piggy and “Stripes” starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis & John Candy both opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (June 26, 1981).

Flix70 on July 18, 2021 at 11:14 am

1981’s “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli & John Gielgud opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (July 17, 1981).

It became the fourth highest-grossing film of ‘81 & won Oscars for Best Original Song (“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross) & Best Supporting Actor (Gielgud).

Flix70 on July 25, 2021 at 12:55 pm

Brian De Palma’s 1981 neo-noir thriller “Blow Out” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (July 24, 1981).

Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen & John Lithgow, the film was not an initial hit with audiences & started a downturn in Travolta’s career that would last until the end of the decade, but it has since developed a cult following & is now widely considered one of De Palma’s finest efforts.

Flix70 on November 7, 2021 at 11:12 am

Terry Gilliam’s beloved 1981 fantasy-adventure “Time Bandits” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (Nov. 6, 1981).

Featuring David Warner, Ian Holm & Sean Connery, the film was Gilliam’s breakout hit in the U.S., opening at number one & remaining there four straight weeks, finishing the year as the 12th highest-grossing release of 1981.

Flix70 on November 18, 2021 at 11:48 am

Heard the news last week that the Barnes & Noble store a few spots down from the theater in the Woodbridge Village Center will close Jan. 23, 2022 after nearly 30 years in business.

According to a B&N Facebook post, the Irvine Co chose not to renew the lease (a bookstore associate told me they actually “broke” it) so they could develop a preschool site.

Spent many a time at the bookstore before & after a movie at the Woodbridge throughout the ‘90s. It was a nice neighborhood store that had the intimate feel of the old mall bookstores in the '70s & '80s. Pretty sure it was the oldest B&N still operating in OC.

My wife & I enjoyed taking a quick spin inside every now & then when in the neighborhood. We’ll both miss it, as will the community, I’m sure.

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