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In Westwood Village, the battle of the multiplexes has begun. On the Village's northeast corner is the proposed Village Center Westwood, a 5-acre parcel that would include a football field-sized plaza surrounded by retail shops, restaurants, a Ralphs supermarket, a 12,000-square-foot public library and a 3,400-seat multiplex theater. The project is spearheaded by developer Ira Smedra's Arba Group, and he recently confirmed a deal with Pacific Theatres to operate the movie complex.
On the Village's west side is Regent Properties' proposed Westwood Marketplace, a 120,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex with cafes, restaurants and specialty shops. Mann Theatres is expected to operate a 2,700-seat multiplex, replacing its existing Westwood Four, Regent and possibly the Festival and National movie theaters.
To complicate matters further, former Cineworld president Jeff Lewine recently agreed to purchase …