Westwood's Once-Booming Movie Theatre Culture Fading to Black
A year ago, the LA Times was predicting a major comeback of sorts for Westwood, the Los Angeles neighborhood most associated with UCLA. But if the comeback is to involve classic movie houses, the comeback looks grim. This week the Mann Festival closed down, and preservationists are on standby, prepared to battle the possible loss of the Mann's Village and Bruin, according to the Times.Cinema Treaures tells the history of the Festival:
Built within the site of the first Ralph's supermarket, the Mann Festival Theatre opened in 1970. Its understated exterior matches its simplistic, but comfortable auditorium. Neither flashy nor opulent, this single screen theater has been a popular Westwood venue for years.
Smaller premieres are also held here and, occassionally, Hollywood luminaries have been spotted at this quiet, out-of-the-way theater.
The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
Mann Festival Theater was closed on July 30, 2009