Kirk Douglas Theatre

9820 Washington Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90232

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The Culver Theatre opened on August 13, 1946 with a seating capacity of 1,091(on a stadium plan with no overhanging balcony). The Culver Theatre was located near the Columbia Pictures studio lot (then the lot for MGM).

Originally, much like surrounding downtown Culver City, the Culver Theatre was a key part of classic Hollywood’s thriving entertainment community. But, eventually, much of the entertainment industry moved to points north and the theater grew tired and worn over the years.

In 1994, the theater’s auditorium, which had been triplexed earlier, was gutted as part of an abestos removal project.

Today, the Culver Theatre, now renamed the Kirk Douglas Theatre, operates as a performing arts center and playhouse. An $8 million restoration project, with a $1.25 million grant from the City of Culver, included the addition of two new stages, one with 100 seats and another with 350 seats. Most of the exterior has been preserved, including the box office and the signature mezzanine tile.

With the rebirth of the Culver/Kirk Douglas Theatre, the downtown area will receive its first legitimate theater and a much needed shot in the arm.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 25, 2007 at 6:31 am

No, not 1994, thats when it was gutted internally. The Culver Theatre (3 screens) closed in 1989 and then stood empty and unusued.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 1, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Photo of the gutted lobby from CinemaTour:

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drb on November 3, 2008 at 3:10 pm

New home for the “Culver” script:

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kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Here is a January 1950 ad from the LA Times:

TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Very nice 1947 photo ken mc.

socal09 on June 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

New photos added, taken November 1995.

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