Crest Theatre

1262 Westwood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Wellington1
Wellington1 on July 25, 2017 at 4:40 am

Such a shame to see what happened to this theater. Ten or fifteen years ago, it seemed as if it had been renovated; the beautifully lighted marquee glowed brightly and the interior decoration inside the theater was really one of the nicest I’ve ever seen anywhere. The whole theater was on par with the restoration Disney did on the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

From the news articles posted on this website, dated July 6, 2007, you can see pictures of the beautiful interior decor at this website:

http://www.jamesgordongallery.com/crestweb/

Wonderful job James Gordon!!

CStefanic
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.

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

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm

The Crest has closed again.

crestwestwood.com.

The Crest of Westwood is temporarily closed until further notice.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

This opened as Uclan on Christmas Day, 1940.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on December 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Website: http://www.crestwestwood.com/

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

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

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.

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,

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on December 26, 2011 at 5:27 am

Does that mean it’s reopened?

calc
calc on December 26, 2011 at 4:02 am

4.5 million thats stupid!!

ridgeley
ridgeley on December 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I passed by this morning, The Lion King is playing.

markinthedark
markinthedark on December 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I just wish somebody could take the “Bigfoot” name off the Crest. I am sure Mission Impossible will give the Regent the biggest crowds it has had in a while. Decent theatre. Should get better bookings now that it is only one of 3 screens remaining in Westwood.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on December 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

the REGENT is getting Mission Impossible? That makes no sense, nobody will see it there. Westwood is faint flicker of memories of what was the last great era of cinema. It’s over now. Like Roy Batty at the end of Blade Runner, the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and it burned so very very brightly. Time…to die

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 15, 2011 at 4:01 am

Yeah, it could never break even with that lease-price. The one upside is maybe with so few Westwood theaters left, they will be able to do better. The Regent, for instance, is getting MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4 next week.

silver
silver on December 15, 2011 at 3:56 am

Confirmed: it’s up for sale: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2011/12/majestic_crest_for_sale_bananas_bel_air_design_auction.php

“The single-screener has 460 seats, crazy blacklight murals, and historic-cultural monument status (so it probably can’t be torn down). The sellers are asking $4.5 million or $16,000 per month for a triple net lease.”

That area is really sad now. Avco Center is closed, the enormous Borders Books a block away is shuttered, and this wonderful theater seems doomed.

markinthedark
markinthedark on November 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

“The owners are probably trying to sell it to someone to use as retail or a resturant.”

That worked so well for the NuWilshire.

cubdukat
cubdukat on November 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

I think that Disney’s association with the Crest actually goes back to the Pacific Theatres era. In fact, they seemed to have their hooks into a couple different Pacific screens before they finally settled on the El Capitan, including the Cinerama Dome. But getting back to the Crest, I always liked this screen. The interior was a bit over the top, but I always had a good time there.

William
William on October 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

RonP, Danny posted it over on the Avco’s thread.