11272 Santa Monica Boulevard,
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Landmark Theatres(USA) (Official)
Operated by: Landmark Theatres (USA)
Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent), Movies (Revival)
Styles: Art Deco
News About This Theater
- Apr 3, 2008 — Nuart in Primetime TV
- Mar 18, 2004 — Crest Theatre Now Hosts Midnight Classic Film Screenings
- Nov 25, 2003 — Southern California Cameos
The Nuart Theatre was built in 1930 and opened on August 16, 1930 with the World Premiere of “Sweethearts on Parade” starring Alice White. It had a seating capacity for 660. From 1941 until 1954 it was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. Since the early-1970’s, this theatre has been a staple of the Los Angeles art house scene. It is perhaps best known for its blockbuster, lines-around-the-block screening of the director’s cut of Ridley Scott’s classic film “Blade Runner”.
The screenings were some of the best in the the theatre’s history and ultimately inspired not only the theatrical re-release of “Blade Runner”, but the re-release of dozens of other films.
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It is not deeply curved, just the normal curve that CinemaScope screens were originally delivered with.
I WAS A FILM PROJECTIONIST FOR MANY YEARS IN L.A. AND THE NUART WAS FAMOUS FOR BEING NON-UNION!
The Nuart got new seats a few years back, and it was decided to give more space between rows at that time. Seat count, confirmed by management at that time, is now exactly 300.
That’s quite a drop, from 660 to 300.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” still plays here every Saturday night at Midnight with Sins O' The Flesh.
The Nuart is West LA’s greatest neighborhood cinema. Friday midnight retro movies happen weekly and are well programmed. The coolest thing to happen for me at this theater was back in 2004 when Samual Fuller’s The Big Red One reconstruction played to a full house on a Friday night. After the screening, the late Richard Schickle led a Q and A with a very special guest in attendance… the great Mark Hamill. Got to meet Luke Skywalker himself. The Nuart is known for cool situations like this.
The trade press suggests an August 16, 1930 opening date with “Sweethearts on Parade” as the world premiere opening title with star Alice White in person with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. as additional in-person guests. (The local paper suggests that the opening was in December of 1930 at the 9th anniversary.) J.E. Zehnder built the original-look NuArt with George Burke and M.E. “Scotty” Bayliss carrying out the updating in 1939 at its relaunch December 15th with “Blackmail” and “Fast and Furious.”
For the few who may not already know, this theater can be seen in the movie “Foul Play” in a scene with with Goldie Hawn.
Please update, new capacity 275 seats, new seats recently readded. Grand reopening celebration starting October 21 with the Nuart Fest. ads in photos section
link to a wonderful video of the auditorium by Andy Molholt, including the curtain https://www.youtube.com/shorts/gxQpGUDjLFk