Mann Festival Theater

10887 Lindbrook Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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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

BRADE48
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.

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.

ChasSmith
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.

dctrig
dctrig on December 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm

One wonders about that block as a long established restaurant closed and also a Daphne’s Greek fast food place.

BradE41
BradE41 on November 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Could explain why nobody took over the lease. I almost thought someone would. It seems we have seen the last of the Festival (UA Westwood) as a movie theatre. Will become either a restuarant or retail someday.

dctrig
dctrig on November 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

FYI, Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema replaced their seats with ones from the Festival. You can still see the Mann logo on the armrests.
I attend movies about five nights a week at about 20 different venues; however, the Beverly is a throwback to that time when revival theaters were all the rage and is a favorite.

William
William on July 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

More money than, it will make to run as a movie theatre.

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on July 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

I looked at a pdf brochure about the place, it looks like the seats were removed. Assuming the projector is gone too, how much would it cost to get the place running again, not counting the lease?

William
William on July 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

It all depends on the lease as to if it is still equipped. All that could be mean is a crap platter and a crap projector. When Cineplex opened the house it was equipped with two DP-75 projectors and finished with one DP-75 projector and a platter. Mann replaced that projector with a DP-70.

markinthedark
markinthedark on July 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I wonder if it still has equipment…

BradE41
BradE41 on July 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I found the leasing information, but they do not advertise a price. It is being listed as Theatre/Retail.

BradE41
BradE41 on July 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The oversaturation of nearby theatres really hurt Westwood in general. Regency knows the theatre are not what they used to be, and it seems like they are doing the premieres to supplement the income. Hopefully that will be enough to keep them operating them.

William
William on July 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

A theatre owner friend of mine looked up the grosses for the Village and Bruin Theatres. They were not that great, if you think about how they once were. The Festival was never a money maker. Look at how the people over at the National Theatre did. Great theatre but a lossing game.

BradE41
BradE41 on July 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

You have to wonder if they considered it at one time. The lease on the Village and Bruin are quite steep and to take on another screen that is not as popular made be too much for them. It has been a year already this month since Mann closed it. I’d wonder also if the owners would drop the lease amount in order to have it operated. Westwood is in a sad state now, owners will not get top dollar now for rents.

markinthedark
markinthedark on July 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

Wonder if Regency is interested in the Festival to broaden their booking power in Westwood…

BradE41
BradE41 on July 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

There is a For Lease sign, so it looks like it is still being utilized as a theatre. I noticed that the The Gardens (aka Hamlet Gardens) has closed.

Mark Tufiftee
Mark Tufiftee on June 22, 2010 at 12:35 am

I would be interested in running it if someone was willing to invest in it with me.

BradE41
BradE41 on June 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I’m curious if anyone has shown interest in reopening the Festival. Anyone know what is going on with it?

Talionis
Talionis on March 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I saw the 20th anniversary screening of Lost Boys here in 2007 to a sold out crowd. Feldman showed up. No Haim. (RIP)

It’s all about booking. Especially in a college town. The Nuart has lines around the corner for it’s midnight shows.

BradE41
BradE41 on March 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm

When UA ran it, they booked alot of eclectic films like The Man Who Fell To Earth, 3 Women, Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, etc. The best era of that theatre was during the 70’s when they had it. But the 70’s was the coolest time for film in general. Westwood was the perfect location for the type of films produced during that time period.

William
William on March 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

The only real time it made any money was under the UA chain. Mann mainly used it as a move-over house most of the time. Cineplex over paid to get into the Westwood market.

BradE41
BradE41 on March 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I have a feeling this theatre will stay vacant or eventually turn into retail or a resturant space. It is a shame, because this is a nice theatre. But at this point there is really no way to turn it into a money maker.