Built in 1947, the Culver Movie Palace was for years an icon of the vitality and diversity of the Heart of Screenland: Culver City, CA. By the 1980’s the structure was no longer used and sat derelict in the City’s downtown district.
Through a close collaboration of Center Theatre Group, Ehrlich Architects and the Culver City Redevelopment Agency, the existing building has been transformed into an intimate, flexible venue for both traditional and experimental theatre.
The re-design design of the theatre essentially inserted a new 300-seat venue within the existing historic shell. In an effort to separate old and new, to rethink the theatre experience and to create a center of activity within downtown, openings have been introduced within the existing concrete shell and active program and public circulation have been located along the building’s perimeter.