UCLA Nimoy Theater


Rendering of The Nimoy lobby

The Nimoy Lobby

A rendering of The Nimoy stage

The Nimoy stage 

A rendering of the lounge at the Nimoy

The Nimoy lounge

Opening fall 2023

Located near the UCLA campus on Westwood Boulevard, the UCLA Nimoy Theater is a reimagining of the historic Crest Theatre as a flexible, state-of-the-art performance space. 

This dynamic and intimately scaled venue will immerse audiences in a profoundly engaging experience of live performance — while providing contemporary performing artists from Los Angeles and around the world expanded opportunities to develop and present new work.


A true home for artists

Named for artist, actor, director and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy, The Nimoy is a true 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 Nimoy is a space for artists and audiences to come together to celebrate the impact that live performance can have on our culture.

In addition to the new opportunities afforded by The Nimoy, CAP UCLA will continue to program extraordinary artists at Royce Hall and our partner venue, The Theatre at Ace Hotel.


A renovation of the Crest Theatre

The Nimoy will return the Crest Theatre to its historic roots as a center for live performance. Originally designed by architect Arthur W. Howes and decorated by set designer Joseph Musil with murals of Los Angeles landmarks, the venue opened as the UCLAN Theatre in December 1940.

Construction is moving ahead

The Nimoy marquee with scaffolding

Work on the marquee neon sign and lettering has begun.

Stairs being built inside the Nimoy

Our convertible seating is on its way! These seats can be expanded or contracted, depending on the needs of the performance and audience size.

Construction begins on balcony overlooking stairs and stage

A view from the balcony, which will overlook the stage and intimate seating the Nimoy will offer.

Original Crest Theatre pillar

To preserve the integrity of the Crest Theatre, original facets of the building — such as these wall decals — are being restored and integrated into the Nimoy’s design.

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Theater location

Map of Nimoy location

UCLA Nimoy Theater
1262 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Be a part of the renovation and activation of the UCLA Nimoy Theater


Yes! The new venue acquisition was made possible by a generous gift from Susan Nimoy and will be named the UCLA Nimoy Theater to honor the legacy of her late husband, Leonard Nimoy.

The Nimoy will return the Crest Theatre to its historic roots as a center for live performance; the original venue opened in December 1940 as the Westwood Theatre, a space for live performance designed by architect Arthur W. Howes.

The Nimoy will offer CAP UCLA an accessible, off-campus space for projects that require intimacy.

There are several ways to contribute!

Make a gift: You can make a gift today of any amount to support the campaign.

Become a founding member: You can become a founding member of The Nimoy by making a gift of $5,000 or more to name a seatEach named seat will have an engraved plate on the back of the seat. The seats are distributed throughout the rows of fixed seating in the Whitney Family Stage, and donors can select their seat location on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other venues

Exterior shot of Royce Hall daytime

Royce Hall