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Westwood Theatres Southern California

 

Mann Westwood Theatre (Demolished)
Westwood, CA
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Here's the Mann Westwood Theatre. For a while, the Westwood and the Avco were the main "multiplexes" in Westwood Village (not including the UA Cinema Center a few blocks away).

 

UPDATE 01/03 : The Mann Westwood is gone and a Whole Foods is about to open in its place. The original structure is still there, it's just been renovated. Many thanks to Chad Jones for update. 01-03

 

 

AVCO Theatre
Westwood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Speaking of the Avco, here's the AVCO Theatre off Wilshire, near to the former location of Ships Westwood.

 

 

Mann Plaza Theatre
Westwood, CA
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The Mann Plaza is not quite the spacious movie house that the Village, Bruin, or National are. But, especially pre-90's, this was considered one of the plush Westwood Village theatres.

 

 

UA Theatre
Westwood, CA
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Here's the UA Theatres in Westwood Village. A rather plain looking front facade greets the excited movie goer.

 

UPDATE 1/03 : The UA Westwood is also closed and Sav-on wants to put a store there. However, there is opposition to the zoning change required. Many thanks to Chad Jones for update.

 

 

Crest Theatre
Westwood, CA
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The Crest Theatre in Westwood is a fantastic looking deco-like neon theatre, which was renovated to the Crest sometime in the late 80's or early 90's.

 

 

Looking down Weyburn Ave.
Westwood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

A trip to the newly redone Westwood Village usually includes a walk through the shopping area, a stop at a coffee shop, a quick jaunt over for a look at CDs at one of the numerous record stores, and a visit to one of Westwood's historic theatres. From the Fox Village to the Crest, Westwood is still home to some of the best and most spacious theatres in the area. And, as an added bonus, visitors can find a good eatery nearby just about all of Westwood's theatres.

 

 

Mann Bruin
Westwood, CA
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Just to the west of Westwood Boulevard and on the corner of Broxton and Weyburn is the Mann Bruin Theatre, a survivor as a single screener showing only first run movies. The outside of the theater is dwarfed by the nearby Village Theatre, however sports a clean architectural look on its own. Once home to such award winners as Chariots of Fire, The Bruin continues to be a top-notch viewing location. This theatre remodeled in the last few years and now sports modern projection equipment and seating areas.

 

 

Mann Village
Westwood, CA
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Step across the street and you will run into one of Southern California's most historic and respected theatres. The Mann Village Theatre is one of a handful of surviving "Fox" theatres of the olden day. The Village was built in 1931 and still sports a towering spire shouting the distinctive "Fox" lettering to anyone within a few blocks of the theatre. This is definitely a first run theatre, and the interior is extremely spacious and comfortable. Those who like to soak in ozone can sit in the balcony section.

 

 

Mann Regent
Westwood, CA
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In the center of the village is the Mann Regent Theatre located on Broxton Avenue, made into a one way street in the 1990's. The Regent is similar to other Westwood theatres and sports no really distinct architecture on its own. However, its proximity to the Falafel King makes this one of the places to visit as you make your rounds in Westwood Village.

 

 

Mann National (Demolished)
Westwood, CA
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The Mann National is another large single screener showing top notch first run movies. Just across the street from Circuit City, the National frequently has large crowds wrapped around the building just waiting to get in and at the butter flavoring. Distinctive to the National is the huge blue sign with white lettering. Also notable is the curved glass panes around the top of the theatre.

 

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