Theater Design and Spaces
The renovation of The Nimoy will restore the theater to its original role as a venue for live performance and cinematic arts. Francis Seymour Fonda, the wife of Henry and mother of Peter and Jane, was the force behind the creation of the UCLAN Theater (later known as The Crest), which opened in 1940. In 1942, the theater was re-purposed to fulltime movie programming and it continued as a movie theater until being shuttered in 2014. In 1987, the Walt Disney Company hired B.A.R. Architects to complete a redesign of the theater in time for the world premiere of Three Men and A Baby, a comedy directed by Leonard Nimoy.
The renovation design will create a welcoming and informal atmosphere for audiences and artists. Enhancements to the facility will include an expanded lobby for pre- and post-performance socializing and events; an updated bar and guest facilities; new seating and theatrical production systems; and a backstage green room with artist support spaces – all designed to create memorable and transformative experiences for Los Angeles audiences. The latest technology will accommodate contemporary performance by groundbreaking artists.
These are the things that will make The Nimoy a true home for artists.