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The Geffen Playhouse is a legit theatre offering a varied season on both the main stage and the smaller Audrey Skirball Kenis Stage.
The building was constructed in 1929 as the UCLA Masonic Lodge. The location is a block east of Westwood Blvd. and just south of the UCLA campus. It was one of the first twelve buildings constructed in Westwood. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007
It was a furniture store, Contempo Westwood, in the early 60's. The auditorium started being used for shows while it was still a furniture store. You could browse for your new bedroom set during intermission. It was then known as the Westwood Playhouse.
Later the furniture disappeared but the shows continued. The building was donated to UCLA and later was renamed the Geffen.
Phone: 310-208-5454 Website: www.geffenplayhouse.com
Seating: 525 in the main auditorium.
Thanks to Howard Gray for this courtyard photo that once appeared on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.
An auditorium photo appearing on the travel site 52 Perfect Days with their article "The Geffen Playhouse: The Crown Jewel of Los Angeles Theatre" by Evelyn Block.
A 2010 view. Photo: Bill Counter
The Geffen in the Movies:
Gillian Anderson is directing a play at the Geffen in Willard Carroll's "Playing by Heart" (Miramax, 1998). We also visit the Laemmle Sunset 5 and the Mayan in the film. See the Theatres In Movies post for shots at those theatres -- and a shot in the Geffen courtyard.
More information: See the Playhouse website's history page for more about the building.
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