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Center Theatre Group Honored the Life Of Kirk Douglas with dimming of The Kirk Douglas Theatre Wednesday Night

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Kirk and Anne Douglas at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre Dedication and Celebration. (photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

*On Wednesday, February 5 at 7:50 p.m., Center Theatre Group dimmed its lights in honor of screen legend and philanthropist Kirk Douglas who passed away on February 5, 2020.

“Center Theatre Group is saddened by the passing of this truly great man,” Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie said today. “Kirk Douglas was a star in every way – in his art, his love for his family and country, and his tremendous philanthropy.

“Kirk always said theater was his first love,” said Ritchie, “and you could see that in his face as he sat front and center on opening nights. As the world mourns the loss of Kirk Douglas, we are especially going to miss him in the audience, and in our lives here at Center Theatre Group so we will borrow a longstanding Broadway tradition and dim the lights at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. It is a small recognition of a man that brightened so many lives and made this theatre possible.”

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Kirk Douglas at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre Dedication and Celebration.
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