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Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Located inside the Hammer Museum

 

 

The Billy Wilder Theater, home of UCLA Film & Television Archive's public programs, is among a handful of venues nationwide able to exhibit an entire century's worth of moving images in their original formats. From the earliest silent films requiring variable speed projection all the way up to cutting-edge digital cinema, the Wilder can accommodate an array of screen technologies.

Please note that food is not permitted inside the theater. There are dining options in the surrounding Westwood Village. You may also opt to bring your own food and eat in the courtyard just outside the theater.
 

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Patrons must present a photo ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (vaccine card or photo)
    OR a verbal self-attestation of exception to the COVID-19 vaccine plus a photo ID and negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater.

  • UCLA affiliates (current students, faculty and staff) may present an Event/Venue Clearance Certificate through the UCLA Mobile Application.

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces.

  • Please practice physical distancing when possible, including outside.

  • Theater seating capacity is limited for the health and safety of our patrons. Hand sanitizing stations are available.

Box Office

The box office opens one hour before showtime. The theater doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Visit our admission page for information about ticketing.


Parking

Please be aware that Hammer Museum parking on Friday before 6 p.m. is subject to the usual hourly rate.

1)  A parking garage is conveniently located beneath the Hammer Museum and accepts credit cards or exact cash only. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire Blvd.

Monday - Friday after 6 p.m.:  $7.
Monday - Friday before 6 p.m.:  $7 for first 3 hours with Hammer Museum validation and $3 every 20 minutes thereafter. Daily maximum is $20. To obtain validation, show your ticket stub at the welcome desk in the museum lobby.
Saturday & Sunday all day:  $7.

Accessible parking is provided on levels P1 and P3.

Public Transportation

Located at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Blvd., the theater is easily accessible by public transportation.  Check the websites below for bus schedules, directions and fare information.

 

Accessibility

There are six wheelchair spaces with companion seating in the Billy Wilder Theater. Four are in the back of the theater and accessible from the theater lobby on the courtyard level. Two are in the front row. Please inform the box office of your preference and one of our ushers will escort you. Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are also available for use at the theater and can be picked up at the box office. For assistance and questions, please email housemanager@cinema.ucla.edu.

Drop-offs

Visitors can be dropped off and picked up at the entrance on Lindbrook Avenue. Located on the north side of the Museum between Westwood Boulevard and Glendon Avenue, this entrance has an accessible ramp up to the courtyard level.

Visitors may also be dropped off in the parking garage underneath the museum, where there is an accessible ramp. Drivers spending less than 10 minutes in the parking garage will not be charged a parking fee.

About the Theater

The theater's modern design by Michael Maltzan Architecture stylishly interprets cinema's play of light and movement in real space, and the 285-seat interior features comfortable leather seats with superb sightlines. The theater is made possible by a generous gift from Audrey L. Wilder and named in honor of Mrs. Wilder's late husband, the legendary screenwriter, director and producer. Born on the outskirts of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Billy Wilder fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s to become a master of Hollywood film language and a shrewd comic observer of the American scene. Among the many classics Wilder co-wrote and directed were Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Some Like It Hot (1959).

Conveniently located in the Hammer Museum on the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards, the theater offers visitors the chance to plan their evenings with dining options.