In 2019, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture along with its performing arts presenting program, The Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), acquired the Crest Theater, located in the Westwood Village district of Los Angeles, to revert it to its original use for live performance across disciplines. The renovated facility will be renamed the UCLA Nimoy Theater in honor of the late actor Leonard Nimoy. BAR is currently collaborating with the university and CAP UCLA to develop an innovative design that respects and complements the existing historic architecture while providing a new performing arts venue that is functional, flexible and easily adaptable for artists from different disciplines. The Nimoy Theater project will target a LEED Gold Certification.
BAR has a deep-rooted connection to the Crest Theater dating back to the late 1980s when Disney selected BAR to renovate the theater into a venue that would feature their latest films. Remodeling was done in two phases as a first-run house for Disney films. Conceptually, the interior of the theater was designed as an outdoor performance space, complete with Art Deco stylized light towers and garden wall elements. Above the walls, stylized scenes of 1930s vintage Hollywood landmarks change from sunset to dark as the house lights dim for the show. Projection and amplification systems were upgraded while interior room acoustics were completely redesigned and rebuilt to meet technical refinements to the THX sound program.