The City of West Hollywood is moving forward with a new performance venue located at 8325 Santa Monica Boulevard. As part of the second part of the design team selection process, a City Manager’s Playhouse Advisory Group will meet to discuss and analyze the project with staff and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the three visions. Playhouse design preliminaries presented at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

The old Coast Playhouse, built in 1925 along the original Route 66, is not in good condition – toilets don’t work, mechanical equipment is outdated, and there are also public safety issues.

Council recently voted unanimously to tear down the building, which has little historical value, and replace it with a new structure. They capped the budget at $6.5 million.

“I think the public has been waiting for this space for some time,” said board member John Erickson. “I want to give this back to the community as soon as possible.”

According to the city: “The Playhouse will provide the city with much-needed performance space (as recommended in the 2007 Cultural Facilities Needs Assessment) and provide opportunities for theatre, concerts, art exhibitions and repetitions. The Playhouse will serve as a center for arts and cultural events, to support arts organizations and non-profit artists with an accessible venue in the city center. Staff are considering various operational strategies for overseeing the Playhouse, including the city as the sole operator, the city leasing the property to a resident company (theater, performing arts, or nonprofit arts organization) for performances and a combination of both scenarios. The Arts and Cultural Affairs Committee will participate in the development of the Playhouse’s programming.

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