Mann Festival Theater

10887 Lindbrook Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Mann Festival Theater

The UA Theater Westwood opened on April 23, 1969, in a building that opened in 1929 as one of Westwood Village’s first six buildings, and had housed the first Ralph’s supermarket. Its understated exterior matches its simplistic, but comfortable auditorium.

Neither flashy nor opulent, this single screen theater has been a popular Westwood venue for years. On December 14, 1983 it was renamed UA Egyptian Theater Westwood. On June 15, 1988 it was renamed Cineplex Odeon Odeon Cinema Westwood. On June 24, 1993 it was renamed Mann Festival Theater.

Smaller premieres were also held here and, occasionally, Hollywood luminaries were spotted at this quiet, out-of-the-way theater.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Mann Festival Theater was closed on July 30, 2009.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 74 comments)

ChasSmith on March 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Did the theater have a balcony?

I remember it as the UA, and I loved the Bratskeller, the restaurant at the corner of the block in the 1970s.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on March 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Yes, it did have a balcony. Not very big, but first row balcony was very good seating.

BRADE48 on March 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The first row of the balcony was perfect. Back when it was the UA Westwood was when the theatre was the best. It along with the Regent and Plaza where were many indie and now Cult films opened with big, big crowds. I still remember seeing Robert Altman’s 3 Women there and coming out thinking WTF??? :–) I was 14 years only and just did not get it.

This theatre and the National being gone hurt more than the loss of the Avco in my opinion. Sadly this will never see the light of day again as a movie theatre.

sciachetra on March 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

To see old (1970’s) and new footage of the Festival and other Westwood Village movie theaters past and present, check out this musical tribute to Stan’s Donuts on youtube:

CStefanic on May 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

Anybody know EXACTLY what’s gong on with the Mann Festival now. It seems to be just sitting there…

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on May 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

It’s just sitting there. Topa Management still has it and the neighboring buildings waiting for someone to lease the space.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on November 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

This is the the former location of the UA Westwood. The Rocky Horror Picture Show made it’s US debut at this theater on September 26, 1975. The very first rumblings of the Rocky Horror audience participation phenomena started in this theater with audience members returning for multiple repeat viewings. On October 30, 2015, the City Of Los Angeles proclaimed the date as “Rocky Horror Picture Show Day”. A ceremony was held here to commemorate the film’s US debut 40 years earlier. Tim Curry, Lou Adler, and Rocky Horror Fan Club President Sal Piro attended, along with a large crowd of fans. A memorial plaque was dedicated and will soon be mounted on the structure. Don’t Dream It. Be It.

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm

UA Westwood, Egyptian and Odeon grand opening ads in the photo section.

CStefanic on September 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Ran inside the Mann Festival briefly while the doors were open for a routine air out. Seats gone but Mammoth screen and decor still intact! Looked so grand…even in the dark! Hopefully this theatre will see the light of a projector again.

rivest266 on October 31, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Dates are April 23rd, 1969 as the UA Westwood, December 14th, 1983 as the UA Egyptian, June 15th, 1988 as the Cineplex Odeon Odeon Cinema and as Mann Festival on June 24th, 1993. Grand opening ads posted.

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