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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.

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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.


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