UA Westwood

10889 Wellworth Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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ball_jeffrey on March 30, 2023 at 11:45 am

I worked as a projectionist at the UA Coronet from Spring 1991-Summer 1994, when I was hired away by SDDS at Sony Pictures.

We did a lot of radio screenings and premieres there. I have fond memories of that time and the staff there.

The theater was briefly closed and remodeled in late 1992 (I think) until it was reopened in July of 1993. The four theaters were reconfigured to three.

Sadly, like many of the Westwood theaters, it’s long gone.

rivest266 on March 27, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Reopened as United Artists Westwood on July 9th, 1993 with all 3 screens with 70mm projection. Two were THX certified. Grand opening ad posted.

Richie_T on April 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

It’s a trip getting your prescription filled in the exact spot you once saw The Doors.

patryan6019 on August 12, 2016 at 1:40 am

Coate…The year was 87. The transition began the week of September 14. The reopening was 10/23.

rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 6:02 am

July 26th, 1972 grand opening ad in photo section.

Coate on June 29, 2016 at 3:27 pm

During what year was the (unusual) transition from four to three screens?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Opened with an X-rated film,“FRITZ THE CAT”.The rest R rated I think.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

This building originally housed an automobile dealership. The conversion into a theater was designed by San Francisco architect Daniel T. Uesugi, Uesugi & Associates. It was one of a number of projects Uesugi designed for the United Artists circuit.

William on June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

This UA opened with the films “The Burglars”, “Fritz the Cat”, “ Filmore” and “The New Centurions”.

Knatcal on September 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I saw “The Doors” here. This is the one and only film I ever saw here. In the 1980’s when Westwood was very popular and contained many theaters, I did frequent Westwood a lot, but I – and most of the pedestrians – usually stayed north of Wilshire in what is known as Westwood Village. I don’t remember much about the theater so I doubt it could have been truly memorable.

kencmcintyre on July 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Here is a January 1982 ad from the LA Times:

William on June 29, 2009 at 4:29 am

On the UA Egyptian Theatre it was never sold from UA, there lease ran out and a bidding war happened to get the screen. Because of the zoning issue in Westwood. With Cineplex Odeon winning the war and getting the screen. And remember in it’s final years it was converted into a tri-plex. To improve bookings for the theatre, since the two smallest houses none of the studios really wanted to open a picture in.

richjr37 on June 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Disregard the above, Sorry.

richjr37 on June 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Wasn’t there a single screen UA in Westwood? Because i remember ads for “Rocky Horror” saying that it was “moving”(complete with legs from the poster to make the point,lol)over to the Cinema Center 4 has RHPS was being replaced by the comedy “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother”,which opened on Christmas Day 1975.

randytheicon on June 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Westwood was also the locale for the US premiere of “Rocky Horror,” September 1975.

neeb on January 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

Thanks LM.
I think the last movie I saw here was BIG DADDY in June 1999. The soundtrack defaulted into mono from Digital at some point.
I don’t miss this one the way I miss the NATIONAL.

kencmcintyre on December 31, 2008 at 1:10 pm

I saw more films here than the Bruin and the rest on the other side of Wilshire. This theater had its own parking, which was a plus as in its heyday Westwood Village was a parking nightmare.

neeb on December 31, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I was wondering when this one would show up.
Not a great theater… barely a good one… but I did see PULP FICTION on its opening night here!
Any one know when it closed?

kencmcintyre on December 31, 2008 at 11:57 am

This was not a memorable theater, though, as opposed to the Crest just down the street. This was more like a multiplex you would find in the suburbs, just four boxes in a bigger box.

Dublinboyo on December 31, 2008 at 11:43 am

Yes, it defintely had 4, albeit small screens. I recall seeing Tom Cuise and Nicole Kidman at a matinee screeing of “The Age of Innocence” there in 1993. They were at the snack bar buying stuff for a show. Yet another of the Westwood theaters to close or be converted to a new space.

kencmcintyre on December 31, 2008 at 10:48 am

I saw each new Woody Allen film at this theater for about a six year stretch in the 1980s. I remember “Purple Rose of Cairo”, “Radio Days” and a few others. The theater was not demolished but was remodeled and is now a drug store. I also saw “Terminator 2” here in 1991, after waiting in line for several hours.

This page says it had four screens when it closed.