Crest Theatre co-owner Yulya Borroum has fiercely devoted herself to keeping much of the venue’s original vibe and aesthetic while keeping a varied calendar. From live music events to guest speakers, comedy gatherings to one-off screenings of older film favorites, it would seem everyone’s favorite K Street destination is doing great justice to the former management’s legend. The upcoming Noir Nights Film Festival carries on the rich tradition of showing five classic films in special formats preceded by a very cool speakeasy gathering in the Empress Tavern (just below the main theater). For only $35, attendees will be treated to two special nights on the big screen. Friday night kicks off in grandiose fashion with Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958) and Mildred Pierce (1945) in a rare 35mm film presentation starring the ever-so-beautiful Joan Crawford at the top of her game. Saturday’s offerings are equally impressive with Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956) and Out of the Past (1947) featuring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. As if that weren’t enough bang for your buck, the festival closes with a stunning 35mm Technicolor presentation of Leave Her to Heaven (1945) with Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde. Impress your significant other and reserve your seat at

    Eddie Jorgensen

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