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Crest Theatre (Official)
Architects: Arthur W. Hawes
Firms: Bar Architects
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: UCLAN Theatre, Metro Theatre, Pacific Crest Theatre, Westwood Crest Theatre, Majestic Crest Theatre, Bigfoot Crest Theatre
News About This Theater
- Dec 9, 2011 — Majestic Crest for sale
- Jun 30, 2010 — Joesph Musil passes away quietly
- Apr 12, 2010 — All About the Regency Village, Regency Bruin & Majestic Crest Theatres
- Jan 13, 2010 — Last True Neighborhood Theater in Los Angeles!
- Nov 3, 2009 — The Majestic Crest Theatre for Sale
- Apr 27, 2009 — Majestic Crest Theater for sale
- May 7, 2008 — Landmark status sought for Majestic Crest
- Jan 28, 2008 — Majestic Crest opposes landmarking
- Jul 10, 2007 — Changing face of L.A. moviegoing
- Jul 6, 2007 — Majestic Crest interiors
- Apr 27, 2007 — Majestic Crest Theatre Building for sale
- Sep 2, 2004 — The Movie Palace Series: Gallery (Part Two)
- Mar 18, 2004 — Crest Theatre Now Hosts Midnight Classic Film Screenings
Opened December 25, 1940 as the UCLAN Theatre by the independent circuit Dietrich & Feldstein. Named after the initials of the nearby University of California at Los Angeles (better known today as UCLA). The UCLAN Theatre was renamed Crest Theatre in June 1956 when it was taken over by Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.
Renamed Metro Theatre it was renovated by the owners Sterling Recreation Organisation in May 1983, reopening on June 3, 1983, with new seats, 70mm projection and Dolby sound. Pacific Theatres were the next operators from 1985 and in 1987 it was renamed Crest Theatre. It was closed and in conjunction with the Disney Organisation, a complete renovation was carried out by theatre interior designer Joseph Musil, who had worked on the restoration of the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood. The auditorium walls were now decorated with a diorama of Hollywood landmarks in an Art Deco atmospheric style, made even more spectacular by the clever use of ‘black-light’. In the ceiling a star system was installed, and when the show starts, a ‘shooting star’ flies across the ceiling of the theatre and explodes in a little shimmer of stardust as the screen curtains open. It reopened on June 10, 1988 with Bette Midler in “Big Business”.
Since January 2003, it was operated by independent operator Robert Buckbaum, and was renamed Majestic Crest Theatre. In September 2010, it was taken over by Carmike Cinemas, and then in April 2011, Bigfoot purchased the theatre and also operated it, until it was closed in early-October 2011 for ‘renovations’. It was reopened in July 2013 screening a season of ballet and opera films. It was temporary closed in January 2017. In October 2018 it was purchased by UCLA for use as a student facility.
On May 14, 2008, the Majestic Crest Theatre was desiginated an Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles.
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