Kirk Douglas Theatre

9820 Washington Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90232

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rivest266 on November 17, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Reopened with three screens on January 14th, 1976. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on November 14, 2019 at 8:38 am

This theatre(then called CulverTheatre) was seen briefly(up the street from the Freeway Angels building) in an episode of Chips(season 6, episode 11 – Day of the robot).

davidcoppock on July 21, 2017 at 9:15 am

This theatre was seen in an episode of Baywatch Nights(season 2 – episode 12, Possessed).

socal09 on June 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

New photos added, taken November 1995.

TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Very nice 1947 photo ken mc.

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Here is a January 1950 ad from the LA Times:

drb on November 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

New home for the “Culver” script:

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 1, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Photo of the gutted lobby from CinemaTour:

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 25, 2007 at 8:31 am

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

shatter on January 25, 2007 at 8:25 am

When I was a young teen in the late 70s, early 80s I would attend the “double bills” with my dad at this theater. They would show a lot of exploitation and second rate features. Lots of Charles Bronson and Cannon movies. I saw some pretty terrible movies here like “Gas” and “Cabo Blanco” — films that lasted about a week. As I recall two of the auditoriums were horrible but one was fairly good — for some reason I rarely saw films in the good auditorium. So it lasted til ‘94?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 24, 2007 at 4:51 pm

I photographed the Kirk Douglas Theatre in January 2005, soon after it opened. This is a night-time view with all the neon fully operational (the letters C U L V E R flash, so I had several attempts at photographing them all lit together):

RitnFool on June 6, 2005 at 8:58 am

Regarding the Culver script above: Julie Cerra, Culver City Historian, stated that after removal, the script was documented and put into storage.

Marky on May 5, 2005 at 7:42 pm

Thanks, William.
I wonder who got the two signs?
Maybe Kirk!

William on May 4, 2005 at 7:31 pm

Yes, They were part of the original neon marquee from 1947. Well the theatre is now known as the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Marky on May 4, 2005 at 7:26 pm

Were the two script ‘Culver’ signs above the entry original?

Since lots of the Culver City graphics are based on that script it’s weird that the sign disappered in the remodel.

DonSolosan on February 28, 2005 at 7:16 pm

“The total seating capacity is 320…  The Kirk Douglas Theatre will also house a 1,500-square-foot space which will be used as a classroom for a series of special programs for children, and as a room for workshops and rehearsals…"
—from the Taper Ahmanson link above

That’s how you lose 800+ seats.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 27, 2005 at 9:40 pm

Aren’t 9820 and 9899 on opposite sides of the street?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 27, 2005 at 4:58 pm

How exactly was the seating capacity reduced from 1160 to 300?

MagicLantern on February 27, 2005 at 4:56 pm

Only marginally more attractive than the new Ricardo Montalban Theatre. Nice neon at night on the Culver, though.