Owner Robert Bucksbaum, who saved the Crest Theatre on Westwood Boulevard and turned it into one of the most fun movie venues in L.A., has listed it for sale after his property tax bill came in at $43,000. Bucksbaum got a historic cultural landmark designation earlier this year, in hopes of enjoying a big tax break that would reduce the bill to $17,000. But the break doesn't kick in until next year. “We tell everyone who applies that the tax relief starts in the year after the [Mills Act] contract is recorded,” said Ken Bernstein, manager of the city's Office of Historic Resources. More from Martha Groves at the L.A. Times.
The photo of the interior, showing a mural depiction of the Carthay Circle Theatre and other long-gone Hollywood landmarks, is from an amazing online slide show by photographer James Gordon Everett.