The Whittier Center Theatre, built in 1960, is operated by the City of Whittier Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department. This fully equipped, 400 seat theatre is housed in the Whittier Community Center and is used primarily for live theatrical productions. It is home to Whittier Family Theatre, and serves many recreational and professional performing arts organizations in the area such as Whittier Community Theatre, Whittier's non-profit amateur theatre group.
To educate young people in the theatre arts including acting, musical theatre, and theatrical production. To foster imagination, confidence, effective communication, group responsibility and the development of creative skills in an enjoyable, collaborative setting. To provide a range of culturally diverse theatrical experiences which inspire participants onstage and in the audience, and instill a sense of cultural and historical perspective. To nurture a lifelong appreciation of the arts among young people who will continue to support theatre, music, dance and other art forms as adults.