Crest Westwood

Street Shots: Lost and Found

The Crest Westwood
The Crest Westwood opened as the 500-seat UCLAN Theatre in late 1940, and was built with a stage for live performance in addition to movie screenings. Frances Seymour Fonda, wife of Henry and mother of Jane and Peter, financed the theatre. Architect Arthur W. Hawes, also known for designing the Hollywood Reporter Building, designed the Crest in an austere Art Deco & Moderne style.

The Crest Westwood

LOST: My favorite movie theater permanently closed? Imagine that.

FOUND: The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture along with its performing arts program, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, announced the acquisition of the Crest Theater on Westwood Boulevard in 2018. The landmark venue will be transformed into a new off-campus performing arts space that will serve as an important addition to UCLA’s rich offering of cultural venues and resources across the city. (Details in the UCLA Newsroom)

The Big Picture: Movie history in the making as traced by Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. It’s a great read.