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Opened: 1970 as the United Artists Westwood in the east end of a building that was originally a Ralph's supermarket. The building at Lindbrook and Westwood Blvd. was constructed in 1929 and was one of the first six buildings in Westwood Village. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007
It was later remodeled by UA and reemerged as the UA Egyptian Westwood. Cineplex Odeon took over the lease and remodeled again for a 1988 opening as the Odeon Cinema. The interior was standard late 80's Cineplex Odeon with marble in the lobby, tube lights on the walls between acoustic panels, etc.
After Cineplex Odeon lost their lease, a bidding war resulted in operation by Mann Theatres and a new name: Mann Festival. In 1988, Los Angeles designated the building Historic Cultural Monument #360. In 1992 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
A 1994 booth photo by Thomas Hauerslev. Cineplex Odeon equipped the theatre for 70mm with two Norelco DP75 projectors. Bill Gabel reports that later that was one machine and a platter. Mann's installation when they got the house was the Norelco DP70 and a platter as seen here. The photo appears on the DP70s in California page of Mr. Hauerslev's terrific site In70mm.com. It's the place to visit for information about 70mm projector history, news of 70mm festivals and more.
Closing: Mann closed the theatre in 2009. Martha Groves had an August 2009 story about the event in the L.A. Times: "Theaters Fading to Black in Westwood."
Architect: The building was designed by Russell Collins for Ralph's.
Seating: 560 (with a balcony)
Status: As of 2017 the theatre portion of the building was still vacant and for lease.
A 1940 Ansel Adams photo from the Fortune Magazine collection. It's on the Los Angeles Public Library website.
Another 40s view from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
A 1984 William Reagh shot giving us a look down on the building when the theatre was running as the UA Egyptian. The photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
The Mann Festival in 2006. Thanks to Adam Martin for his photo on Cinema Tour.
Looking west on Lindbrook toward the theatre's entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007
The west end of the building. The theatre is over there on the right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007
A post-closing view in 2009. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for his photo.
The building in January 2017. The theatre space is still for rent. Photo: Google Maps
More information: See the Festival Theatre page on Cinema Teasures. Visit Cinema Tour for some additional 2006 exterior photos. There's a small 1998 photo of the theatre by Don Ceppi on the Silver Screens page about Los Angeles Theatres. Wikimapia has a 1929 construction photo.
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