Update on the new Jazz Bakery Building in Culver City

Last January, I reported that the Jazz Bakery will be returning to Culver City in a new Frank Gehry-designed, 250-seat theater at 9814 Washington Boulevard, directly adjacent to the Kirk Douglas Theatre to the east.

Over the weekend Los Angeles magazine published an interview with Ruth Price, who ran the legendary jazz venue from 1997 to 2009, who shared some news about the new space: 

Any news on the new Jazz Bakery space?
RP: My way of explaining it is “the shovel is ready to go into the ground” in terms of the design and the lot that was given us. We have to raise a lot more money. We’re about to go into a major campaign for the real funding. Even though we had substantial funding [$2 million] from the Annenburg Foundation, but building a building is a whole different ball game. It gets into true fundraising and that’s no small thing. Hopefully, the paperwork could be finalized by January.

Frank Gehry is designing it. Can you describe how it looks?
RP: What can I say? It’s Frank Gehry! We’re going to use it as our big thrust, to put the design out there to the public when we start campaigning and fundraising.

Culver City have the property to the Jazz Bakery at no cost, with the understanding that they will develop on the site according to plans the Jazz Bakery submitted to the city on January 13th, 2012. The proposal included not only the 250-seat theater, but also a smaller "black box" theater, a bakery/cafe, rehearsal studios, community meeting rooms, a lobby gallery space, and a roof top deck.

You can read the whole interview HERE.

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