The Electric Lodge was built by the Masons in 1940 and used for several decades as a gathering place to advance tolerance, respect and kindness in the community. Eventually the Lodge was re-organized and the property was vacated. By the mid-1990’s, physician, performer and Venice native, Dr. Joel Shapiro purchased the property with a vision to give a home to performing artists in Venice and beyond. After extensive renovations, The Electric Lodge re-opened in 1999 and was equipped to handle a wide array of community and private uses such as professional drama, yoga, dance, music, photography, classes, staged readings, art exhibitions, independent video shoots, screenings, environmental education and more.
Currently the only full service performing and visual center in Venice, California, The Electric Lodge features ample on-site parking, a 99-seat black box theatre, two lobby areas, an 1100 sq. ft dance studio, two dressing rooms and even a small commercial kitchen.
Conscientiously created to be eco-friendly, The Electric Lodge is also a proud champion of sustainability in the arts. One of the first solar-powered performing arts facilities in the country, the Lodge participates in LADWP’s “Green Power” Program, uses “green” vendors to supply everything from LED lighting to biodegradable kitchen utensils and, of course, offers visitors a variety of recycling options. In 1999, Dr. Shapiro and Electric Lodge manager Justin Yoffe co-Founded Arts:Earth Partnership, a program for arts and cultural venues to reduce their carbon impact by adopting more environmentally sensitive practices.