Festival Theatre

10887 Lindbrook Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Opened: 1970 as the United Artists Westwood in a building that was originally a Ralph's supermarket. The building opened in 1929 and was one of the first six buildings constructed in Westwood Village.

It was later remodeled by UA as the UA Egyptian. Cineplex Odeon took over the lease and remodeled again for a 1988 opening as the Odeon.  After Cineplex Odeon lost their lease, a bidding war resulted in operation by Mann Theatres and a new name: Mann Festival.

The current interior is standard late 80's Cineplex Odeon with tube lights on the walls between acoustic panels, etc.

Architect: The building was designed by Russell Collins for Ralph's.

In 1988, Los Angeles designated the building Historic Cultural Monument #360. In 1992, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Seating: 560 (with a balcony)

Status: A first run venue that was last operated by Mann Theatres. The theatre closed in 2009. 

Read the LA Times Story by Martha Groves : "Theaters Fading to Black in Westwood."

More information: See the Festival Theatre page on Cinema Teasures. Visit Cinema Tour for some additional exterior photos. Wikimapia has a 1929 construction photo.


A view of the west end of the building
-- it used to be a Ralphs's market.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

     L.A. Public Library Collection    


Here's a 1940's image from the Library's collection
when the building was still a Ralph's supermarket.
full size image

     L.A. Observed    


An Ansel Adams view of the Ralph's corner in the 40's.
The photo appears in an article by Kevin Roderick about
the closing: " Westwood's Mann Festival, R.I.P."
We're looking north up Westwood Blvd. toward
Sears and the tower of the Fox Westwood. 

full size view

The Festival Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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Looking west on Lindbrook

toward the theatre's entrance.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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     In 70MM    

Here we're looking at the Festival booth in 1994 with a Norelco
 DP70 35/70MM machine and a platter. It's a photo on this site's
DP70s in California page. The photo is by Thomas Hauerslev. 
full size view

Mr. Hauerslev's wonderful site is the place to visit
 for information about 70mm projector history, news
 of 70mm festivals and more.


     Silver Screens    


The website Silver Screens features a two page 1999
 Los Angeles Theatres piece with photos by Don Ceppi that
explores many area theatres.

Here we're at the Mann Festival in 1998.
Sorry,  but there isn't a larger view.