The five-floor, 53,056-square-foot Cultural Center is the capstone of the iconic Christ Cathedral campus. Originally known as the “Welcome Center,” the Cultural Center was designed by architect Richard Meier, and completed in 2002. Meier is known for his commission of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy. The Cultural Center’s ovalinear design complements the existing rectilinear architecture of the Arboretum and Tower of Hope and the triangular layout of the Christ Cathedral.
The Cultural Center’s lower level houses an indoor-outdoor reception area and the 298-seat Freed Performing Arts Theatre, which features surround sound electronics and a movable orchestra pit. The theatre is available for rentals and has hosted movie premieres, theatrical presentations, concerts and other special events.
In addition to hosting community events, the upper level has hosted several exhibits, including “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.”
In 2013, the Cultural Center’s interior was featured as Star Fleet Command in the movie “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
Christ Cathedral Shop, operated by Catholic Books and Gifts, is located on the Cultural Center’s first floor.