Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dinner and a movie in Westwood

We watch a lot of movies. My favorite theater is the Landmark on Pico - they have ridiculously comfortable chairs, a bar, but best of all, the ability to reserve seats. No need to get to a movie 20 minutes before starting time to ensure that you're not craning your neck from the front row. But since Mr. Insomniac showed me this article in the LA Times that discusses the downfall of the Westwood movie palaces, I've been making an effort to support those theaters.

Excerpts from the article:
The closing Thursday night of the Mann Festival Theatre on Lindbrook Drive -- on top of last year's demolition of the Mann National Theatre and previous losses of the Mann Westwood 4 and Mann Plaza, among others -- is further indication that Westwood's movie culture appears in danger of fading to black.

Preservationists are also bracing for the potential loss of the village's two most architecturally distinctive theaters: the Village and Bruin, which date from the 1930s. Encino-based Mann Theatres has given notice that it intends not to renew its leases on the Broxton Avenue theaters -- one Spanish Mission style with the famed neon-lighted Fox tower, the other Art Moderne with a distinctive wraparound marquee. Both are city historic-cultural monuments.

When Mr. Insomniac was a student at UCLA, he used to head into Westwood Village all the time for the big summer movie premieres - but now those events have moved elsewhere. I remember running to the balcony to see the latest film as a kid. Westwood was the place to go for opening weekend.


The Mann Bruin.

Photobucket


Photobucket


We watched Inglorious Basterds at the Mann Village.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Lots of places to eat pre- or post- show...


Photobucket

Photobucket

The famous Didi Reese cookies.... 50 cookies for 10 cents. No matter what time of day, there's always a line.

Photobucket


A few blocks south of Westwood Village on Westwood Blvd (north of Pico) is an area known as Little Persia. There are various shops, services, and of course, restaurants.

Photobucket

Photobucket

One night we went to Flame. (different night, different camera. lol) The interior was interesting (lots of plasma tvs) but I really liked the tanoor oven that served up hot flatbread all night long.

Photobucket

As an appetizer and accompaniment to our meal we got masto'khiar, a combination of yogurt, cucumber, and mint.

Photobucket

The salads were delicious and consisted of crisp fresh produce. No dried out carrots and cukes here.

Photobucket

For the entree, I got the rack of lamb. It looked much better than this when it first arrived at the table. lol At any rate, they were perfectly cooked - tender, juicy, flavorful... some of the best meat I've eaten in a long time.

Photobucket

Mr. Insom got the chelo kebab, seasoned ground beef with charred veggies.

Photobucket

It was a lot of food... Mr. Insom wasn't a fan of his meal for some reason, so I ate both of these dishes for the next three days. :)

4 comments:

weezermonkey said...

Three days?! You eat small portions. :)

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

Fun pics!

amber said...

I'm sad to hear about the potential loss of those two theaters. :( They are such Westwood landmarks!

10yearstogether said...

Great pictures! Looks like a fun night, that's a beautiful theater, I hope it survives. Love Persian food and cookies. Did I read that right? 50 cookies for 10 cents?