posted June 25, 2005 05:34 PM
Starplex Cinemas took over the Woodbridge 5 in Irvine, California on June 24. Their policy is to show films that have just dropped out of first run in Orange County (Kicking and Screaming, the Interpreter and Sahara) and charge $2 and $3. The Woodbridge 5 was built by Mann in 1980 as Irvine's first theatre but was taken over by Edwards even before it opened. Most recently is was operated by Captain Blood. This theatre is not in a deteriorating strip mall. It is in a family-oriented upscale neighborhood center near a lake. The surrounding homes are very expensive. Regal/Edwards have five locations in Irvine plus one in Tustin. The closest to the Woodbridge 5 is a little over a mile away in Westpark. Is this the start of a trend back to discount houses? Is it to soon for Regal to start worrying? Stay tuned. http://www.starplexcinemas.com
posted June 26, 2005 10:38 AM
Interstate and Starplex are both sister companies owned by Cinemark. For some strange reason, all of the Interstate theaters are listed on the Starplex website and when you click one, it takes you to the Interstate site.
posted June 26, 2005 03:50 PM
I haven't seen it in the news yet, but Vestar development has an AMC theatre on the site map for their District at Tustin Legacy. At one time I heard there were going to be 16 screens there. This is about 8.3 miles from the Irvine Spectrum. At 1,200,000 square feet it will be about 100,000 square feet more than the Vestar's Long Beach Towne Center. http://www.vestar.com/newsite/PropDev.html