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Ivy Substation
Los Angeles Pacific Company Ivy Park Substation.JPG
Address 9070 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, California
Owner City of Culver City
Operator The Actors' Gang
Capacity 99
Opened 1992

Ivy Substation (also known as the Ivy Park Substation or Culver Substation) is a 99-seat theatre in Culver City, California which formerly housed power equipment for the nearby electric railways and Ivy station. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

History

A single story, rectangular shaped building in the Mission Revival style, it was built in 1907 as a traction substation by the Los Angeles Pacific Railway which subsequently became part of the Pacific Electric railway in 1911. Made of brick covered in stucco, the large interior once held old style rotary mechanical rectifiers to convert very high voltage alternating current (AC) to 600 volt direct current (DC) to operate run cars for serve nearby streetcar and interurban lines: the PE's Venice Short Line, Redondo Beach via Playa del Rey Line, and Santa Monica Air Line.

Ivy Station
Power from the substation served Ivy station (now Culver City station) and surrounding tracks until 1953.

It remained in service until 1953. The old equipment was removed and the building was purchased by the City of Los Angeles, but sat vacant for many years. In the 1990s, the Culver City Redevelopment Agency and the City of Los Angeles renovated the building to use as a community theater by The Actors' Gang.

The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its association with the transportation history of Los Angeles as well as for its architecture.

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