4275 Atlantic Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
This theatre was the world’s first pre-fashioned theatre.
This was also the first prototype for Fox Theatres in the Quonset Hut style, and opened January 23, 1947 with James Cagney in “13 Rue Madeleine”.
Fox was looking for an easier way to make theatres fast and cheaper after the war.
The Crest Theatre had a main floor of seats, then an early form of stadium seating in the rear (like later Fox houses such as the Fox Loyola Theatre).
The opening manager’s name was Harry Francis, who would go on to manage many other Fox and Mann Theatres till the mid-1990’s.
Harry managed the Crest Theatre for a long time. He also managed the Fox Village Theatre in Westwood, and opened the nearby National Theatre. His last theatre was the Bruin Theatre.
He worked for over 50 years in theatre management.
The Crest Theatre was closed on February 2, 1977 with Jeff Bridges in “King Kong” & Jogn Carradine in “Big Foot”. It became a church, but has since been demolished.
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