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Work on UCLA Nimoy Theater Progresses as 2023 Opening Nears.

While CAP UCLA has been on our annual programming break this summer, construction on our new theater, the UCLA Nimoy Theater, has been heating up! We’re excited to share an update on the project’s progress.

For those of you who ever attended a movie at The Crest, you’ll recall its distinctive style, created by the Disney designer Joseph Musil.

At the beginning of construction, the much loved murals were de-installed and saved for later re-installation. All of the seats were permanently removed and the theater’s auditorium stripped down to a shell that is being converted to a state-of-the-art space for live performance. Some of the major structural work has now been completed, including:


Underground Systems for Optimal Sound

A12’-deep trench was dug under the theater’s original floor for the installation of the main ductwork, which will contain all of the theater’s HVAC, electrical and plumbing. Having these systems operate deeply underground will minimize any vibrations and noise, creating optimal performance conditions.

Raked Floors for Optimal Viewing

The Nimoy auditorium will feature fixed seating on a raked floor in the rear and movable seating in the front, allowing for flexibility in configurations (cabaret, dance, etc.) and up to 299 seats.

Preparing the Ceiling and Roof 

The next step in the auditorium is to configure the ceiling for the lighting and sound systems for live performances. A massive scaffolding structure has been set up in the auditorium to allow this work. Once this is done, the fixed seating will be installed and the space will begin to look much more like a theater!

We’ll look forward to sharing more updates and images later this fall, and if you are interested in learning more about our capital campaign to raise the funds for this ambitious project,  please visit

The Nimoy sets new horizon for the arts community

A new era for CAP UCLA is underway as we continue to make significant strides toward the development of the UCLA Nimoy Theater and its inaugural season. Located near the UCLA campus on Westwood Boulevard, The Nimoy is a reimagining of the historic Crest Theater as a flexible, state-of-the-art performance space.

Opening in late March 2023, the intimately-scaled venue is named for artist, actor, director and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy. Shawmut Construction has been working steadily to renovate the venue, which will be equipped with new and green technologies to support the creation and presentation of innovative work. 

The Nimoy will be a home for artists representing a broad diversity of voices, viewpoints, ideas and creative expressions in music, dance, theater, literary arts, digital media arts and collaborative disciplines. The inaugural season will feature a large slate of amazing shows, including new work by the legendary Kronos Quartet, “live documentarian” filmmaker Sam Green, and a collaboration between two essential musical voices of Los Angeles, Quetzal and Perla Batalla. 

Artist-as-energy-worker Daniel Alexander Jones and spoken word poet J. Ivy will play special roles in developing Nimoy programs — both as singular, resonant performers and associate curators inviting emerging and established L.A.-based artists to join the CAP UCLA season. 

The CAP UCLA team is constantly inspired by what this intimate and approachable venue will mean for an emerging generation of artists and their community of supporters. The Nimoy represents an investment in the future of a new generation of arts practitioners and activates a new path forward. As a fully equipped and welcoming home for creative exchange between artists and audiences, The Nimoy will be a place where communities can celebrate and discover together.

We will be updating you on the progress of The Nimoy monthly and we can’t wait to welcome you to our newest home!