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This theatre was the world’s first pre-fashioned theatre.
This was also the first prototype for Fox Theatres and opened January 23, 1947.
Fox was looking for an easier way to make theaters fast and cheaper after the war.
The Crest Theatre had a main floor of seats, then an early form of stadium seating in the rear (like later Fox houses such as the Fox Loyola Theatre).
The opening manager’s name was Harry Francis, who would go on to manage many other Fox and Mann Theatres till the mid-1990’s.
Harry managed the Crest Theatre for a long time. He also managed the Fox Village Theatre in Westwood, and opened the nearby National Theatre. His last theater was the Bruin Theatre.
He worked for over 50 years in theater management.
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