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Majestic Crest theater said to be changing hands

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Another local independent theater is reportedly changing hands.

Robert Bucksbaum, owner of Westwood's Majestic Crest theater, told patrons in an e-mail that the historic theater was being sold, inviting them to celebrate "the last film at the Crest," the Julia Roberts drama "Eat Pray Love," between Aug. 13 and 19.

"Owning this theatre was a dream come true and I am incredibly grateful for the seven years I've had here," Bucksbaum said in an e-mail that was first reported by LA Observed. "It has been a wonderful chapter in my life and I could never had made it this long without the tremendous support from our loyal patrons."

Bucksbaum could not be reached for comment late Friday. His e-mail did not specify future plans for the theater but said he would "provide more details about the sale in the next few weeks." 

The Crest, founded in 1941 by Frances Seymour Fonda, the second wife of Henry Fonda and mother of Peter and Jane Fonda, was once a popular venue for showing films of World War II battles.

-- Richard Verrier

Photo credit: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times

 
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