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Curtains to close on AMC Avco Center 4 in Westwood

November 28, 2011 |  6:38 pm

AvcoWestwood is losing its second movie theater in two months.

The AMC Avco Center 4 will shut down on Sunday following a dispute between the Kansas City, Mo.-based cinema circuit and its landlord, Avco Corp., which also owns an office tower adjacent to the theater on Wilshire Boulevard. 

"AMC and the landlord were unable to reach agreeable lease renewal terms for AMC Avco Center 4,'' said AMC spokesman Ryan Noonan. "The theatre will close at the end of business on Sunday, Dec. 4."

The closing comes two months after Bigfoot Entertainment confirmed plans to shut down the landmark Majestic Crest theater on Westwood Boulevard for unspecified renovations.

Property manager Hope Hunter confirmed that the four-screen Avco was unable to sign a new lease with AMC but said the owners had plans to bring in a new theater chain sometime next year. 

"A really high-end movie theater will be taking its place,'' Hunter said. "We're going to provide Westwood with a really great movie theater and a reason to come back."

AMC, the nation's second largest theater chain, acquired the Avco cinema house in 2002 when it bought General Cinemas.


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Photo: Moviegoers at the AMC Avco cinema in Westwood walked right up to the ticket booth without waiting in line to watch the 2005 "King Kong" movie.