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6735 Forest Lawn Dr
Hollywood, CA 90068

First Entertainment Credit Union is headquartered in Hollywood and is the 32nd largest credit union in the state of California. It is also the 192nd largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1967 and as of March of 2014, it had grown to 158 employees and 68,636 members. First Entertainment Credit Union 's savings rates are 10X the national average, and it has a A health rating.

Field of Membership Restrictions

Membership in First Entertainment Credit Union is open to the employees, their families and retirees of companies served by First Entertainment, and to most individuals who work, live, attend school or worship in the Greater Los Angeles Area. - See Details

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Reviews (3)

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We went to the Wilshire branch today to have money wired to our bank in France and a signature guarantee on a document.  I was told I need to come back for the guarantee - no one there to help - and after about 10 minutes of looking over the information for the wire transfer, the teller informed us that she couldn't do anything without a swift code so we need to come back for that too - so much for the special trip to the bank.  When I got home I googled swift code BNP and immediately found that it is also known as a BIC code. The BIC code is what we showed the teller on our wire instruction sheet from BNP but she was convinced that it needed to be a "swift" code, so we left.  

The tellers at First Entertainment seem to be lacking the most basic knowledge of how their bank (or any bank) functions. From the day we first set up our account 4 years ago, I have had concerns and it just keeps getting worse. I have gotten wrong or conflicting information every time I have tried to do anything other than a simple deposit or withdrawal

I am looking for another bank, any recommendations would be appreciated.

First Entertainment Federal Credit Union -- Good Service

My experience with First Entertainment FCU in Hollywood was good. They were clear and informative about the products, fees, anything else they offer. I went into the branch to open my membership and to open a CD. All went smoothly. 

I note, they are part of the shared branch system under which various credit unions agree to let other credit union's members make transactions. I consider this a major benefit as it provides a lot more options all over the country to go to a branch to take care of some of your transactions. 

The only issue I have found with the shared branch system is some limits on withdrawals -- seems they normally won't let you withdrawal more than about $500 of cash -- and fees if you want your withdrawal in check form, which would be necessary for larger withdrawals. But I have found no limits or fees on deposits.

First Entertainment had good service in person and on the Internet. Their rates are not always very high, though, but every once in a while they have a good promotion to grab.

Average Service

Their branch service is inconsistent and depends on which branch you use.  The Main Office and Studio City employees are rude and indifferent.  The Burbank and Encino staff are better trained and appear to be more interested in helping members.  Their phone service is inconsistent as well and depends on when you call.  After hours service is handled by an outside company and they are limited in what they can do.  I have a savings and loan with them.  The rates are average.  I use their Encino Branch to make deposits and withdrawals to another credit union I belong too as they participate in a share branching program. I have had no problems with the shared branching.  Every time I compare their services I find a better deal somewhere else.  I have kept the account because I have had it for years and joined when they were Columbia-Warner FCU.  They used to be a friendly place but not so these days.



Data for Q1 2014

Institution Health


Texas Ratio


The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much capital a bank has available compared to the total value of loans considered at risk. As of March 31, 2014 First Entertainment Credit Union had $5.93 million in non-current loans and owned real-estate with $105.91 million in equity and loan loss allowances on hand to cover it. This gives First Entertainment Credit Union a Texas Ratio of 5.60% which is excellent. Any bank with a Texas Ratio near or greater than 100% is considered at risk.

Texas Ratio Trend


The Texas Ratio for First Entertainment Credit Union decreased dramatically from 8.13% as of March 31, 2013 to 5.60% as of March 31, 2014, resulting in a positive change of 31.10%.This indicates that the balance sheet and financial strength for First Entertainment Credit Union has improved dramatically in recent periods.

Deposit Growth


In the past year, First Entertainment Credit Union has increased its total deposits by $56.19 million, resulting in 6.03% growth for the year. A strong track record of growth is an indicator of consumer confidence and the bank's ability to strengthen its balance sheet. The growth First Entertainment Credit Union has shown is excellent.



Both FDIC and NCUA consider capitalization levels of banks and credit unions to be of high importance. Higher capitalization allows for a greater buffer when cover loans that may fail in the future. First Entertainment Credit Union has $1.1 billion in assets with $105.91 million in equity, resulting in a capitalization level of 9.63%, which is above average.

Institution Statistics

NCUA #68373
Year Chartered1967
Primary Regulator
Assets and Liabilities
Assets$1.10 billion
Loans$622.75 million
Deposits$988.32 million
Equity Capital$99.51 million
Loan Loss Allowance$6.40 million
Unbacked Noncurrent Loans$4.57 million
Real Estate Owned$1.36 million
Historic Data - March 2013
Assets$1.04 billion
Equity Capital$96.34 million
Loan Loss Allowance$7.95 million
Unbacked Noncurrent Loans$4.57 million
Real Estate Owned$1.22 million
Profit Margin - Quarterly
Net Interest Margin0.91%
Return on Assets0.7%
Return on Equity7.69%
Interest Income$7.71 million

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First Entertainment Credit Union Savings Account Rates

5.00%-$500First500 Savings
5.00%-$500Coogan (Youth) Account
0.25%--Health Savings Account HSA
0.20%--IRA Daily
0.20%--Roth IRA Daily
0.20%--CESA Daily
0.10%--Secondary Savings
0.10%--Holiday Savings

First Entertainment Credit Union Money Market Rates

0.50%$100k-Money Market Savings

First Entertainment Credit Union Checking Account Rates

0.10%--Advantage Checking

First Entertainment Credit Union CD Rates

1.85%$1k-5 Year Term Account
1.25%$1k-4 Year Term Account
1.10%$1k-3 Year Term Account
0.80%$1k-2 Year Term Account
0.60%$1k-1 year Term Account
0.35%$1k-6 Month Term Account

First Entertainment Credit Union IRA Rates

1.85%$1k-5 Year IRA Term Account
1.25%$1k-4 Year IRA Term Account
1.10%$1k-3 Year IRA Term Account
0.80%$1k-2 Year IRA Term Account
0.60%$1k-1 Year IRA Term Account
0.35%$1k-6 Month IRA Term Account

First Entertainment Credit Union Locations
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