Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Nuart Theatre (1942) exterior

The Nuart Theatre was built in 1930 and opened in early-1931 with 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.

Contributed by Ray Martinez

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clevelandphil on September 6, 2011 at 7:18 am

Was it this theater that showed It Came From Outer Space and The Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D in late 1973 or early 1974?

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on February 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I visited the Nuart on Sunday, and I thought it was a very nice place to see a movie. They have a curtain and a curved screen, which I like in a theater. I think they could flood their curtain with more light to make it stand out, but at least they have one and use it.

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I was there to see a movie years ago. Let’s get photos posted of this nice curved, curtained screen!

ChasSmith on February 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I practically lived at the Nuart in the 1970s and 1980s, and I gather the curved screen was installed sometime later. Would love to see some current photos of the place.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on February 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm

It is not deeply curved, just the normal curve that CinemaScope screens were originally delivered with.

LOCAL150IATSE on June 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm


Edward Havens
Edward Havens on February 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

That’s quite a drop, from 660 to 300.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on November 6, 2015 at 3:15 am

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” still plays here every Saturday night at Midnight with Sins O' The Flesh.

Richie_T on April 3, 2017 at 3:35 am

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.

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