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Kirk Douglas to give more money to Kirk Douglas Theatre

July 30, 2012
  • The Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City.
The Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

The Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City will be receiving more money from its namesake benefactor. On Sunday, 95-year-old actor Kirk Douglas said he is pledging $50 million to five organizations around the country. The exact amount that will go to the theater has not been disclosed.

The pledges are being made by Douglas and his wife, Anne, through their charitable organization, the Douglas Foundation. 

Douglas helped to launch the Culver City theater in 2004. The actor has provided the theater with an endowment for the development of new works. The space is run by L.A.'s Center Theatre Group, which also manages the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum.

The actor's new $50 million pledge will also go toward four other organizations -- St. Lawrence University, which is Douglas' alma mater; Harry's Haven Alzheimer's unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills; the Anne Douglas Center for Women in L.A.; and the Sinai Temple in Westwood.

St. Lawrence University will receive $5 million for the Kirk Douglas Scholarship fund. The amounts going to the other groups haven't been announced.


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