Plan for Live Theater in Historic Movie House Advances

A historic downtown movie theater is closer to reopening as a live theater, a spokeswoman for the Culver City Redevelopment Agency said Monday.

A preliminary plan to renovate the Culver Theater--closed since 1989--was approved unanimously by the agency, project manager Susan Berg said.

The plan, submitted by the Center Theatre Group, calls for a 420-seat theater in what is now the movie theater’s auditorium and a 100-seat experimental theater in what is now the balcony.

Center Theatre Group, which operates the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum, will submit a business plan to the redevelopment agency within two months. A final contract for sale or lease of the building to Center Theatre Group is not expected until spring, Berg said.


Berg said that the developers will restore the distinctive marquee and tower of the 1940s building, which is at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Hughes Avenue.