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 52 comments)

Flix70 on February 13, 2022 at 8:30 am

David S. Ward’s barely seen 1982 dramedy “Cannery Row” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (Feb. 12, 1982).

Adapted from the John Steinbeck novel, the film starred Nick Nolte & Debra Winger & was Ward’s directorial debut, nearly 10 years after winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1973’s “The Sting.”

Ward would later score a hit writing & directing 1989’s “Major League.”

Flix70 on February 27, 2022 at 8:34 am

The wife & I watched Scream Factory’s new 4K UHD/Blu-ray release of the 1980 cult flick “Alligator” last night & while perusing the advertising extras found a print ad listing the Woodbridge as a featured theater opening day back in November of ‘80.

Never saw the film in theaters as a kid but remember those great TV spots with the alligator busting through the sidewalk. They’re on the disc as well.

New print looks great, by the way.

Flix70 on March 11, 2022 at 7:58 am

Looks like the Woodbridge continues to operate with just two screenings a day per movie, with none starting before 4pm, even on weekends.

Kind of sad neighborhood kids really don’t get to experience Saturday matiness like I did at the Woodridge growing up. Can’t imagine not having a noon or 1pm show to ride my bike to with friends, as it remains a very fond memory of my youth. Glad I grew up when I did.

Flix70 on April 1, 2022 at 8:28 am

Weekend matinees have returned to the Woodbridge, as a quick check of the schedule for April 2 & 3 show at least a 1-1:35 PM start time for all four films.

Flix70 on April 22, 2022 at 7:54 am

Looks like the Woodbridge has ceased weekend matinees again as the schedule for April 23-24 shows only two screenings of each film per day with none starting before 4PM.

Flix70 on June 26, 2022 at 8:54 am

Ridley Scott’s visionary sci-fi cult classic “Blade Runner” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (June 25, 1982).

Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young & Rutger Hauer, the film opened at number two (behind juggernaut “E.T.”) on 1,295 screens with high hopes of being a major summer release for Warner Brothers & The Ladd Company. Unfortunately, it was not an initial hit, remaining in the top ten for just three weeks before seeing its theater count slashed in half the next week. It finished the year with a gross of $27 million against a $30 million budget.

It wasn’t until Scott released his Director’s Cut in 1992 that the film was embraced by critics & audiences alike, mainly on home video, and anointed a “classic.”

I was just 11 years old and couldn’t convince my mom to let me see the R-rated “Blade Runner” in ‘82, but I do remember it adorning the marquee at the Woodbridge & flipping through the official souvenir magazine at the nearby drugstore that eventually became the Barnes and Noble.

Flix70 on July 10, 2022 at 9:25 am

Disney’s groundbreaking sci-fi cult classic “Tron” opened at the Woodbridge 40 years ago this weekend (July 9, 1982).

Starring Jeff Bridges, David Warner & Bruce Boxleitner as the titular hero, the film debuted at number two (again behind “E.T.”) on 1,091 screens and was considered Disney’s event film for the year, complete with storybooks, action figures and its own arcade game.

Unfortunately, like most films that summer that didn’t feature a stranded space alien, it failed to find a foothold, dropping out of the top ten after just three weeks & seeing its theater count slashed in half within a month. It ended its run with a gross of $26 million, against a $17 million budget, finishing the year as the 26th highest-grossing film of 1982.

Like “Blade Runner & "The Thing,” “Tron” developed a cult following on home video where its unique, groundbreaking cinematic contributions (it was basically the first film to use extensive CGI) were studied & extolled by new generations of cinephiles over the years. A successful sequel was eventually made in 2010 (“Tron: Legacy”) with another film in development.

I saw “Tron” as an 11-year-old opening weekend at the Woodbridge, the same theater where that eponymous arcade game would rob me of so many quarters the next two years of my life.

Flix70 on July 19, 2022 at 8:18 am

Who closes for renovations in the middle of summer? I guess when your opening at 4 pm & only using two of five screens it really doesn’t matter.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm

Regal, Cinemark and AMC here in Asheville NC did that when they were installing the recliners. It was summer and Christmas time.

Flix70 on August 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

Renovation photos posted.

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