Goodbye Magic Johnson AMC, hello state-of-the-art Rave theater at Crenshaw Mall

When the beloved Magic Johnson Theater closed last year there was a palpable worry in the Crenshaw community that it wouldn't be replaced.


Many breathed a sigh of relieve when we could see demolition and construction starting in the fall. And right on schedule, and meeting all expectations, Rave Motion Pictures has opened a state of the art 3D, luxury theater – the only one for miles around.


The Magic Johnson Theaters opened 15 years ago and revitalized the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.  The Rave, which also has a location at the Howard Hughes in Westchester/Culver City, may be marking another renaissance for the Crenshaw Mall. Staples is coming, Buffalo Wilde Wings is here and lot of construction is going on right now as part of a $30 million transformation of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.


The theaters range in size from 100 to 365 seats, all of which are outfitted with plush rocker seats selected for maximum comfort. New food concessions, ticket areas and the overall theater lobby are designed for the convenience of all movie-goers. The new theater also features a special events room for birthday parties, meetings and other community uses.


The theater complex itself is 67,000 square feet, and is set on a new 30,000 square foot promenade.

“We designed the new theatre and promenade to create a signature gathering area and entry point for the entire property,” Ken Lombard of Capri Urban Investors, the mall's owner, stated in  a press release. “The New Rave 15 is symbolic of what we are seeking to accomplish at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Simply put, we’re raising the bar to ensure this center and this theater provide amenities, services and quality experiences consumers have come to expect at best-in-class facilities anywhere in the country.”

All guests will receive a free medium popcorn with paid admission from Tuesday evening June 28 through Thursday July 4th, said Sharron King of the Crenshaw Plaza.


Jeremy Devine, Vice President of Marketing for Rave Cinemas said the theater could broadcast live sports, concerts and even opera.


“We bring more than just movies to local residents, and we approach every site as a real community center,” he said.


Rave filled more than 80 new staff and management positions at the theater from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants who attended a multi-day job fair held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in May.

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Comment by gloria Jernigan on July 4, 2011 at 2:17pm

Went to the new theatre with family members, and enjoyed it the most.  Got our free popcorn.   Soooo happy that a movie house is back in the hood, clean, state of the art, showing current films, and friendly service.


Service will make or break this place!!!   Stay professional in the service arena....understand that local employees will do well to stay professional. 


Request: Put trash can by restroom exist door...I usually use paper towel to open door after washing my hands.



Comment by enhager on July 1, 2011 at 8:24pm
Through July 4th. Sorry about the mistake.
Comment by Linda Morgan on July 1, 2011 at 3:27pm

Hi Eddie, should be Monday July 4th or Thursday July 7th for the special offer of All guests will receive a free medium popcorn with paid admission from Tuesday evening June 28 through Thursday July 4th, said Sharron King of the Crenshaw Plaza


Thanks for the clarification.

Comment by serendipityschild on July 1, 2011 at 3:19pm
The 28th of June was on a Tuesday, but the 4th of July is on Monday, not Thursday.

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