Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 208-5454

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Seating: 525 in the main auditorium

The Geffen 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.

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. It later was renamed the Geffen Playhouse.

The Geffen in the Movies:

Gillian Anderson is directing a play at the Geffen
 in Willard Carroll's "Playing by Heart" (Miramax, 1998).

 larger view

We also visit the Sunset 5 and the Mayan in the film.
 See our Theatres In Movies post for shots at those
 theatres -- and a shot in the Geffen courtyard.

More information: See the Playhouse's website for more history.


A 2010 view of the Geffen.

photo: Bill Counter -- click to enlarge

A 2007 view of the Geffen Playhouse.

photo: Bill Counter -- click to enlarge

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     52 Perfect Days

This interior photo was once part of an article
The Geffen Playhouse: Crown Jewel..." by Evelyn
 Block but the site seems to have misplaced it.