Crest Theatre

1262 Westwood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Opened December 25, 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. It was temporary closed in January 2017.

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

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 304 comments)

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 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 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 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 on September 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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

Trolleyguy on December 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm


rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

This opened as Uclan on Christmas Day, 1940.

BRADE48 on January 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm

The Crest has closed again.

The Crest of Westwood is temporarily closed until further notice.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on January 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm

they just don’t know what the heck to do with this place, there’s certainly no business in showing movies anymore. And it it hasn’t really been “open” in years under the various recent ownerships, the few random screenings they had were cheap, shoddy digital projection. It’s too bad the Cinematheque or some company couldn’t take it over but nobody would show one way or the other and there’s no profit in this type of thing. It’s over. We’ve seen the end of an era. It’s over

CStefanic on January 10, 2017 at 8:43 pm

I’m not surprised. The people who re-opened it had NO idea how to draw the masses. They kept showing things on digital (BAD digital) and ignored the public’s cries for what they wanted. they also only screened things sporadically and seldom ever a picture worth seeing. They were to conventional and did not take a cue from any of the other repertory houses: New Beverly, Egyptian, Aero, Silent Movie Theatre, or what LACMA and the Hammer Museum are doing. I think UCLA film department should take it over and hold more screenings there as well as letting certain outside influences program. I think it could still be salvageable but it’s ll about strategy from here on out. Let us pray it succeeds.

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