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

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sciachetra
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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xad6gLpKG9A

CStefanic
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1h3oPTaNKE

rivest266
rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm

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

CStefanic
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
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.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 25, 2020 at 4:22 pm

I can’t seem to locate the clip on YouTube – please provide the link. Thank you.

stevenj
stevenj on May 26, 2020 at 8:07 am

“youtube UA Theater Westwood Animal Crackers” typed into a goggle search brought the May 23, 1974 Animal Crackers re premiere video up. There is no sound and Marx is wearing a pith helmet and smoking a cigar.

“Groucho Marx and companion Erin Fleming arrive at the May 23, 1974 repremiere of ANIMAL CRACKERS at the U.A. Westwood Theater. The campaign to get ANIMAL CRACKERS back in theaters after it was tied up in litigation for decades was spearheaded by UCLA student Steve Stoliar, who later became Groucho’s secretary. Also shown are ANIMAL CRACKERS director Victor Heerman, Groucho’s longtime publicist Bill Feeder, and rocker Alice Cooper. At the end is footage of the news story on a TV set. (This silent, Super 8 footage was taken by Michael W. Johnson.)”

Animal Crackers Re Premiere

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 26, 2020 at 8:11 am

Thanks, i was looking directly on youtube. I guess I was using the wrong keywords.

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