Kirk Douglas Theatre

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Kirk Douglas Theater
The Culver Theatre
Kirk Douglas Theater.jpg
Kirk Douglas Theatre during the run of Clay, a 2008 hiphop Shakespeare inspired musical.
AddressCulver City, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°01′18″N 118°23′49″W / 34.02167°N 118.39694°W / 34.02167; -118.39694Coordinates: 34°01′18″N 118°23′49″W / 34.02167°N 118.39694°W / 34.02167; -118.39694
OwnerCenter Theatre Group

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is a 317-seat theater located in Culver City, California Since 2004 it has been operated by the Center Theatre Group.


Built in 1946, as a Streamline Moderne movie palace with a seating capacity of 1,160 (on a stadium plan with no overhanging balcony), the Culver Theatre (as it was previously named) was located near the Columbia Pictures studio lot (then the lot for MGM), it opened on Wednesday August 13, 1947.[1]

Originally, much like surrounding downtown Culver City, the Culver 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.

Today, the Culver, 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 City, included the addition of two new stages, one with 100 seats and another with over 300 seats. Most of the exterior has been preserved, including the box office and the signature mezzanine tile.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Production Nominations Wins Notes
2009 Ovation Awards The Little Dog Laughed 6 3 Won for Lead Actress, Scenic Design and Lighting Design
2009 Ovation Awards Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo 4 0
2010 Ovation Awards The Wake 3 1 Won for Featured Actress
2011 Ovation Awards Venice 11 3 Won for Lighting Design, Sound Design, and Video Design
2012 Ovation Awards The Convert 11 6 Won for Lead Actress, Featured Actress, Director, and 3 design awards
2012 Ovation Awards American Night: The Ballad Of Juan Jose 4 1 Won for Achievement in Video Design
2012 Ovation Awards The Night Watcher 1 0
2013 Ovation Awards The Nether 9 7 Won for Featured Actor, Featured Actress, Playwrighting, and 4 design awards
2013 Ovation Awards The Royale 7 1 Won for Choreography
2013 Ovation Awards The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens! 2 0


  1. ^ "Hollywood Historic Photos - Culver Theatre 1947". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  2. ^ Cinema Treasures | Kirk Douglas Theatre