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Originally published Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:02 PM

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See beyond the Oscars at classic L.A. theaters

Two vintage movie theaters are worth visiting in L.A.'s Westwood neighborhood

The Orange County Register

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LOS ANGELES The Academy Awards will be handed out shortly at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But for a vintage Los Angeles-area movie experience, head to the Westwood neighborhood.

Westwood was a planned community launched in 1929, and movie theaters were part of the master plan. The highlights are a pair of classic theaters across the street from each other.

Westwood Village: This historic theater is one of the best in Southern California. It was called the Fox Village Theater when it opened in 1931 with an art deco-meets-Spanish-revival style. Its landmark, 170-foot tower still features the historic Fox name in lights. The 1,400-seat theater is often the site of splashy premieres, complete with stars strolling up the red carpets and searchlights sweeping the skies. It's now part of the Regency Theatres chain. 961 Broxton Ave., www.regencymovies.com.

The Bruin: If you don't like what's showing at the Village, cross the street to its younger sister, the 670-seat Bruin. Opened in 1936, the Bruin lacks the angular beauty of the Westwood Village, but its wraparound, art deco-inspired marquee is one of the signature images of Westwood. Renovations haven't always been respectful — the glow-in-the-dark murals in the interior disappeared long ago. It's also now a Regency Theatres property. 948 Broxton Ave., www.regencymovies.com.

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