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    Here’s the Latest Update on West Hollywood’s City Playhouse Design Project

    The City Council will receive a design update on the the West Hollywood City Playhouse and a revision to the project’s estimated budget at a Regular City Council meeting on Monday, April 15, 2024.

    The West Hollywood City Playhouse will be a 99-seat, approximately 7,700-square-foot civic space, arts, and cultural event center that will support local artists and nonprofit arts
    organizations by providing an accessible venue in the center of West Hollywood. The project features a state-of-the-art performance space, a multi-purpose rehearsal space and lobby, and a landscaped garden. The new two-story building will replace the currently vacant Coast Playhouse building at 8325 Santa Monica Blvd. The name “City Playhouse” is temporary until a full naming process commences later in the design and construction process.

    West Hollywood City Playhouse Current Schematic Design Stage courtesy of The City of West Hollywood
    West Hollywood City Playhouse courtesy of The City of West Hollywood

    The City Playhouse mission statement, approved by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission on April 2023 reads:

    “The City Playhouse is a multidisciplinary center for the visual and performing arts that presents new and innovative work that reflects and promotes diverse voices, genres, and points of view. The City Playhouse commits to engaging the spirit of West Hollywood audiences through the programming of outstanding theater, music, dance, film productions, comedy, and cultural presentations in an intimate and fluid theater space that is accessible and welcoming. Set to be the city’s inaugural dedicated cultural venue, the Playhouse’s mission, approved by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, underscores its commitment to showcasing diverse voices and genres. From theater and music to dance and film, the Playhouse pledges to engage West Hollywood audiences with an array of cultural presentations.”

    At ground level, the Playhouse invites the public with a porous urban frontage, seamlessly connecting the landscaped garden, lobby, and box office. Flexibility is key, with the lobby designed to host pop-up events and community gatherings. The garden, conceived as a flexible space for performances and activities, reflects the city’s commitment to accessibility and public engagement.

    Ascending to the second floor, patrons will encounter a 99-seat proscenium theater, complete with wheelchair-accessible seating and state-of-the-art amenities for performers. A mezzanine level houses control rooms and equipment storage, while the rooftop is poised for sustainability with a PV solar array system, aligning with the city’s climate action goals.

    West Hollywood City Playhouse courtesy of The City of West Hollywood
    West Hollywood City Playhouse courtesy of The City of West Hollywood

    In a nod to environmental stewardship, the Playhouse incorporates low-carbon materials, efficient mechanical systems, and passive cooling designs. Outdoor spaces are optimized for shade and native landscaping, contributing to the city’s green initiatives.

    With its blend of artistic excellence and environmental responsibility, the West Hollywood City Playhouse stands poised to enrich the cultural fabric of the city, embodying a vision of creativity, accessibility, and sustainability.

    The current estimated construction budget, which includes the building, garden, right-ofway improvements, FF&E, AV, theater lighting and rigging, escalation factors,
    contingencies, and contracting fees ranges between $11.2 million and $13.8 million. One
    major variable in this cost range is the scope and quality of AV and lighting equipment that will be provided by the City, which will be refined in the next phase. Total project
    costs, including the construction budget above, as well as fees for design, engineering,
    surveying, construction management, and other soft costs such as inspections, a
    construction contingency reserve, and utility coordination, are projected to range between
    $15 million and $17.8 million.

    Construction is projected to begin in March, 2025.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    ZuzuPetals
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    1 month ago

    Yikes. That design is hideous. It looks more like a public restroom than a community theatre. What’s there now has much more charm.

    Jake
    Jake
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    1 month ago

    Any word on what’s happening with Basix and Marix? The eye soar is quite annoying.

    sam
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    1 month ago

    The cost for the current design keeps ballooning. West Hollywood needs to be fiscally responsible with what budget constraints they have. If one reads this city council agenda item many costly additions were made to accommodate the functions of a a 2 story space. Has the city thought about buying the building that Basix operated within? If The Playhouse could take over that area could prices lower for not building two stories which would eliminate some logistical issues? I also would love to see what long term plans will be once Crossroads and Joey’s Cafe leases run out. I believe… Read more »

    Steve
    Steve
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    1 month ago

    Nice. But it would be great to have a local venue that could fit the gay men’s chorus and their audience.

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