It looks like the old abandoned Victorian home sitting on city-owned land in between Assembly and the Kirk Douglas Theatre will be demolished in order to allow room for the new Frank Gehry-designed Jazz Bakery Theatre. This comes after last week's news that Assembly is going into the adjacent LEED-certified building currently under construction. The Jazz Bakery that formerly resided in the Helms Bakery complex until 2009 is getting a cool rebirth in a new building after an influx of funds from the Annenberg Foundation and a deal with the former Culver City Redevelopment Agency.
Frank Gehry offered to designed the space pro bono and will be delivering initial models and drawings some time in late February 2013. The 250-seat performance theater will likely have an outdoor dining space, bakery, and cafe to go along with a 41 beer and wine license.
The Jazz Bakery had been homeless since losing its lease at the Helms Bakery complex in 2009. As long as it remains a "premier live performance state of the art jazz venue with two hundred and fifty (250) seats, ground level lobby, a jazz museum, black box performance area and a bakery/café with outdoor dining," the bakery scores this new locale for free. The building is scheduled for completion in 2015. In the meantime the Jazz Bakery has been organizing concerts at venues such as the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
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