Mann Festival Theater

10887 Lindbrook Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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BradE41 on June 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I’m curious if anyone has shown interest in reopening the Festival. Anyone know what is going on with it?

Talionis on March 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I saw the 20th anniversary screening of Lost Boys here in 2007 to a sold out crowd. Feldman showed up. No Haim. (RIP)

It’s all about booking. Especially in a college town. The Nuart has lines around the corner for it’s midnight shows.

BradE41 on March 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm

When UA ran it, they booked alot of eclectic films like The Man Who Fell To Earth, 3 Women, Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, etc. The best era of that theatre was during the 70’s when they had it. But the 70’s was the coolest time for film in general. Westwood was the perfect location for the type of films produced during that time period.

William on March 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

The only real time it made any money was under the UA chain. Mann mainly used it as a move-over house most of the time. Cineplex over paid to get into the Westwood market.

BradE41 on March 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I have a feeling this theatre will stay vacant or eventually turn into retail or a resturant space. It is a shame, because this is a nice theatre. But at this point there is really no way to turn it into a money maker.

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

What an ugly ceiling.

markinthedark on March 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I hope so. Indeed the balcony was a nice place to see a film, aside from the Cineplex Odeon color scheme and marble tile. Something should also be done about the ceiling in the place as well. If my memory serves it looks like sagging pieces of 4 x 8 cork board painted Cineplex grey.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on February 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

One wonders if maybe the Festival could be picked up by whoever takes the Bruin and the Village. It’s a longshot, but one worth hoping for. I always loved the balcony here.

BradE41 on February 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Has anything been planned for the vacant Festival space?

kencmcintyre on December 2, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Westwood was great in the mid-80s, when I used to go. It was a combo of the tourist getting shot and killed in the village in 1988, and the SM promenade gearing up around the same time.

ChasSmith on December 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable, to any of us who knew and cherished Westwood Village in (in my case) the 1970s and 1980s. That this kind of area in any decent city, let alone one on the scale of L.A., could see this kind of change so rapidly, is shocking to those of us who have been away for some years. It’s unimaginable.

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on October 2, 2009 at 6:18 am

I was heartbroken to find out about this. I was looking up the listings at the Mann site to see what was playing there today, only to find out they are closed. Early in 2007 I went to see Children Of Men starring Clive Owen. That movie was very special not only to me, but also to the staff working at the Festival. I saw it several times, both from the main floor and also from the balcony, and enjoyed hot dogs and soda while I was there. I have the movie on Blu Ray and I know a tear will come to my eye when I watch it again.

BradE41 on August 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Has there been any buzz about the future of this property?

moviebear1 on August 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

I worked as a relief projectionist once at the then UA THEATRE. The movie was the the first run engagement of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. with Reserved seats yet! at the 8pm show there were only 7 people in the audience.

Manwithnoname on August 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Zubi: You are absolutely correct however the Chinese and the Dome (the Dome itself being the finest place in L.A. to see a movie) had other screens built around them rather than being multiplexed and are still separate buildings which are for the most part unaltered. I still get that special feeling when I go there. I think other single screens, like the El Capitan, will eventually stop running film (or digital) and be used for other purposes. No other theaters have the unique characteristics of the Dome and the Chinese.

ChasSmith on August 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Oh man, some scary news to be found here about Mann. Simply unimaginable.

Meanwhile, on the subject of the UA THEATRE, as I knew it in the 1970s, I’d like to add my remembrance of “1984”, as well as (I think): the Herzog/Kinski “Nosferatu”, “High Anxiety”, and “Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother”. There were surely more, but some of them stick in your mind and others don’t. And I definitely remember the balcony, and appreciative full houses for the Brooks and Wilder.

ChrisWillman on August 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I think the Vista and Aero will also be with us for a while. I worry about the Egyptian, between the Cinematheque’s two houses.

markinthedark on August 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

LA times reports Mann will not renew leases on Westwood’s Village and Bruin:
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Zubi on August 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Manwithnoname, Technically, Cinerama-Hollywood is no longer a single, since it now shares a common box office with other screens. Like ArcLight, of course, this is what should’ve been done for the National-Westwood: new wraparound construction girding an historic core. It’s what Mann did at Chinese-Hollywood in the 70s with the Chinese Twin; again this decade with the 6. It’s what UA tried to do with Egyptian-Hollywood in the 80s but were blocked (look what American Cinematheque did later to that place – horrible). Hopefully, all the Westwood singles will remain as upgraded, first-run movie houses and not reduced to other uses.

BradE41 on August 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

I really seem to think Mann is slowly closing shop. They are not renewing any leases in SoCal. All plans for new venues have been cancelled. The Chinese is getting mostly awful bookings. Before too long Mann theatres will be a thing of the past.

Manwithnoname on August 1, 2009 at 9:49 am

Are we doomed to see the Chinese Theater (unfortunately also operated by Mann) and possibly the Cinerama Dome become the last operating single screen theaters in Southern California?

BradE41 on July 31, 2009 at 8:27 am

Hmmm…I wonder what the future will be? Could someone take the lease? Westwood has so many empty retail spaces so converting it to a retail outlet is not logical. But at the same time it costs a pretty penny to operate the theatre. Sad, because this is a very nice screen.

ChrisWillman on July 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Apparently, the Festival is now closed.