23 Oct The Kirk Douglas Theatre celebrated its 10th birthday
The Kirk Douglas Theatre celebrated its 10th birthday on Oct. 14, and Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells was on hand to recognize the legendary actor and the theater’s longstanding contribution to the arts in Culver City.
“I was very proud to present a commendation recognizing the great work of KDT and to say how the theater has been instrumental in the vibrancy of our city,” said Mayor Sahli-Wells. “Having a real successful cultural center in Culver City has helped make our city great.”
The 97-year-old Douglas, accompanied by his wife, Anne, spoke to the audience about how he got started in Hollywood and how he enjoys attending performances at the theater that bears his name.
Students from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts performed at the bash.
“The KDT has been working with Culver City High School students for the past several years,” said the Mayor. “It was thrilling to see our AVPA students perform in front of Kirk Douglas himself and an audience full of friends and supporters of the KDT.”
Mayor Sahli-Wells said that ten years ago, Culver City’s redevelopment agency bought the then run down theater on the city’s behalf. The agency loaned the Center Theatre Group $1 million to refurbish the property, and in exchange, the CTG agreed to maintain the theater and work with the school district. Culver City architect Steven Erlich oversaw the theater’s renovation.
The Mayor said she and her husband, Karim Sahli, are longtime KDT subscribers. “We really enjoy going to the plays,” she said.
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