Steel beams are rising behind Leimert Park's Vision Theatre, as construction continues on a multi-year renovation of the historic movie palace.


Built in 1931, the Spanish-style Art Deco building has been owned by the City of Los Angeles for approximately 20 years.  The Department of Cultural Affairs, which manages the facility, completed an initial $11-million renovation of the property in 2011, and has furthered those improvements by including: 

  • reconfiguring seating; 
  • adding a lounge area; 
  • enlarging the stage; and 
  • adding a fly loft with office space.

The project, designed by FSY Architects, will reconfigure the Vision Theatre with stadium seating for 750, converting the former movie palace into a performing arts facility.

The Vision Theatre is expected to reopen in 2021.

Leimert Park will serve as the northern terminus of the Destination Crenshaw project, a new open space and public art project which broke ground on February 29.  The 1.3-mile corridor will flank an at-grade segment of Metro's Crenshaw/LAX Line, which will have an underground station located at Leimert Park.