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Kirk, Anne Douglas donate $2M to theater co.

Kirk Douglas arrives at AFI's 40th Anniversary, Oct. 3, 2007, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill)

May 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Silver-screen legend Kirk Douglas and wife Anne announced Monday a challenge grant of $1 million to Center Theatre Group.

The Douglases have already donated $1 million to the organization to develop new work, combining for a $2 million donation to the group.

"This challenge grant will be active for the next 10 years. For every $2 that CTG raises, the Foundation will add another $1. This has a potential of yielding up to $4 million to support new theater," said Peter Douglas, president of The Douglas Foundation.

In 2004, Kirk and Anne donated $2.5 million to transform the Culver Theater, part of the Center Theatre Group, into the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

The Center Theatre Group, a non-profit company, comprises the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

The Douglas Foundation seeks to improve through philanthropy various projects in education, the arts, medical research and for the needy.

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