The Nimoy New Life for a Grande Dame

The former Crest movie theater in Westwood, built in 1940, has been beautifully born again as the UCLA Nimoy Theater for live performance. Programmed by the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance, the Nimoy is an intimate, state-of-the art space where diverse artists develop and present new work.


The Entrance

The majestic entrance on Westwood Boulevard was painstakingly restored. The former concession stand in the lobby is now an elegant, retro-style bar; the starry ceiling is reminiscent of the former fiber optic ceiling of “tiny stars” in the theater itself, which was removed.


The Interior

The renovation preserved the interior created in a 1987 makeover, one that transformed the formerly austere space into a Hollywood fantasyland. The Art Deco architectural details are reminiscent of the grand movie palaces of an earlier era.


Black-lighted murals on both sides of the theater’s interior vividly depict 1930s-era landmarks, including the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and Ralph’s Market in Westwood Village.


The number of seats was reduced from 500 to 299 to accommodate a larger stage and to create an atmosphere of intimacy, with close proximity to the performers.

Two seats are dedicated to actor Leonard Nimoy, for whom the theater is named, and his widow, actor Susan Bay Nimoy, who made the lead gift to UCLA to purchase the property.


The stage was enlarged and extended to provide more space for performance and position the artists closer to the audience.

The technology is state-of-the-art. A colorful control center at the back of the theater functions in lieu of the former projection booth, offering multiple options for creating dramatic sound and lighting combinations.



Departing patrons are greeted by a farewell message courtesy of Leonard Nimoy’s Dr. Spock, whose Vulcan salute on Star Trek has since become iconic.