Crest Theatre

1262 Westwood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Opened in December 1940 as the Westwood Theatre a live theatre. It was taken over by the independent circuit Dietrich & Feldstein and became a movie theatre, re-named UCLAN Theatre, named after the initials of the nearby University of California at Los Angeles (better known today as UCLA). The UCLAN Theatre was renamed Crest Theatre in the mid-1950’s.

It was renovated by the owners Sterling Recreation Organisation in May 1983, reopening as the Metro Theatre on June 3, 1983, with new seats, 70mm projection and Dolby sound. By the summer of 1988 Cineplex-Odeon were operating the building and it was again renamed Crest Theatre. Pacific Theatres were the next operators and in conjunction with the Disney Organisation, a complete renovation was carried out by theatre interior designer Joseph Musil, who had worked on the restoration of the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood. The auditorium walls were now decorated with a diorama of Hollywood landmarks in an Art Deco atmospheric style, made even more spectacular by the clever use of ‘black-light’. In the ceiling a star system was installed, and when the show starts, a ‘shooting star’ flies across the ceiling of the theatre and explodes in a little shimmer of stardust as the screen curtains open.

Since January 2003, it has been operated by independent operator Robert Buckbaum, and has been renamed Majestic Crest Theatre. In September 2010, it was taken over by Carmike Cinemas, and then in April 2011, Bigfoot purchased the theatre and also operated it, until it was closed in early-October 2011 for ‘renovations’. It was reopened in July 2013 screening a season of ballet and opera films.

On May 14, 2008, the Majestic Crest Theatre was desiginated an Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 26, 2011 at 6:03 am

It is not reopened. THE LION KING was simply the last movie that they played. And at $4.5m, there is very little chance it will ever be open as a movie theater again.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I cannot believe this is happening but… It’s re-opening again! Miracles do happen.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on April 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Very nice. Looks like it will return to MAJESTIC and not BIGFOOT.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on April 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

This is wonderful news! I have visited the Crest many times on my trips to Los Angeles, and it is one of my favorite theaters. I hope the moviegoing public will support it this time. I know I will.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on April 13, 2013 at 4:16 am

a theater re-opening in Westwood?!? (rubbing eyes) this can’t be.

mistertopps
mistertopps on May 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

I walked past the theatre the other day, they were showing a free double feature of Three Amigos and Safe Men. If I weren’t busy, I would have stayed to watch it. But the lobby was open and cleaned up. The popcorn was popping. The marquee has been restored. I am so curious as to what’s going to happen here next.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

What the heck is up with the person operating the curtains over at the Crest. pretentious and condesending when you try to notify him of a problem with the presentation.

Definately will not be going back,

Logan5
Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

“The Rocketeer” showed at the Crest in 70mm 6-Track THX Dolby Stereo SR beginning on the film’s nationwide release date, Friday June 21, 1991.

Logan5
Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

The Crest was owned by Pacific when “The Rocketeer” played there in ‘91.

OCRon
OCRon on November 15, 2014 at 1:52 am

The remodeling of the Crest was done by Bar Architects. Also on their portfolio is work that they have done for Skywalker Ranch. Photos are on their website.

http://www.bararch.com/work/arts-entertainment/project/crest-theatre

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