In 2018, CAP UCLA and the School of the Arts and Architecture acquired The Crest Theatre on Westwood Boulevard. A landmark venue dating back to depression-era 1940s, The Crest will be transformed into a new off-campus performing arts space that will be operated and managed by CAP UCLA.
Thanks to a $5 million dollar lead gift from Susan Bay Nimoy, the venue will be named the UCLA Nimoy Theater in honor of artist, actor, director and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy. We will call it The Nimoy.
The Nimoy will feature an intimate space – up to 299 seats. This scale will support artists and productions that are more experimental, provocative or better suited for houses that are smaller than Royce Hall or The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, CAP UCLA’s two main venues.
Performances will include theater, music, spoken word, projections, screenings, VR projects, and occasional dance by smaller contemporary companies. The intention is for live performances to be presented five nights per week, with a commitment to diversity, production and artistic values, community access and artistic freedom.
The key to The Nimoy’s operating model will be a consortium of community partners.
CAP UCLA sees The Nimoy as a programming home for multiple organizations and independent artists with an underlying ethos to serve the needs of many organizations and practitioners through a shared philosophy of advancing access to contemporary performing arts. The goal is to reach that vision by combining our leadership strength and programmatic ingenuity as a collaborative consortium.
The Nimoy will be a valuable asset for UCLA.