Westwood's Mann Festival, RIP

mannfestival.jpgHat tip to the New Beverly Theater's Twitter poster for noticing that the Mann Festival has put up a final message to patrons. Known previously as the Egyptian (and as the UA and the Odeon, per Cinema Treasures), the single screen on Lindbrook Drive is perhaps best known for its location. It occupies part of a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally a Ralphs grocery dating to the first years of Westwood Village. (It's sometimes described, in error, as the first Ralphs.) The distinctive tower at the corner at Westwood and Lindbrook that now houses a Peet's Coffee used to be the entrance to the Bratskellar restaurant; there have been lots of other things in there too through the years.

anseladamsww.jpgAnsel Adams photographed outside the Ralphs in the 1940s; at least three of his images are in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Here's one I like, looking north up Westwood Boulevard toward Sears and the Fox theater tower; click on the pic to see it larger.

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