As the weeks dwindle down to the last few here in West LA, I’m saying goodbye to another “neighbor.” This is the Crest Theater on Westwood Boulevard. It dates from 1941 and was founded by Frances Seymour Fonda, wife of Henry Fonda. It’s a city landmark, with a bright, glowing façade at night.
Inside, the walls of the auditorium are decorated with beautiful back-lit murals showing a nighttime cityscape of Los Angeles circa 1940. The ceiling, with many tiny lights, does a good job of looking like a sky full of stars – something you never see in LA.
The Crest changed hands last fall for a reported $4 million (not a lot when you consider what celebrities pay for homes in Malibu) and is now owned by Bigfoot Entertainment. The movie currently up on the marquee is one of their features.
I don’t get out to the movies often, but this theater has been a favorite. As a single-screen venue, it’s a real retro experience, and the interior décor evokes nostalgia for a long-gone era of movie-going. Their online photo gallery is definitely worth a visit.
Photo-finish Friday is the bright idea of Leah Utas over at The Goat's Lunch Pail.