The Inglewood Playhouse was dedicated in June 2016 and renamed “The Willie Agee Playhouse”, in honor of the longtime Inglewood resident and Korean War veteran, for his community service and leadership as Chair of the Inglewood Parks and Recreation Commission. It stands as a memorial of the past, and a beacon for the future of arts and entertainment in the city. Located on the lush grounds of Edward Vincent, Jr. Park, The Willie Agee Playhouse is a perfect setting for both professional, emerging, and amateur productions including:
Parks Commissioner, Inglewood Resident
Oct. 20th, 1929 - April 27th, 2020
Willie Agee, a beloved and highly engaged resident of Inglewood for 54 years, was an advocate for the city who was affectionately known as the honorary ‘Mayor of Inglewood’ and ‘Mr. Inglewood'. He was a combat veteran of the Korean War and was always in attendance at many events of importance to veterans and members of the community on a variety of issues.
He came to Inglewood in the late ’50s and served the City and three mayors as a commissioner for 26 years on the Parks and Recreation Commission with the last 13 years as the Chairman. Willie Agee never hesitated to make his voice heard on behalf of the needs of our community. Some of the projects he was instrumental in getting in the parks are the skateboard park in the larger parks, relocation of the transportation mural, and his consistent involvement in important local matters and his tireless leadership in securing funding to renovate the playhouse at Edward Vincent Park led the Mayor and Council to rename it The Willie Agee Playhouse in recognition of his community service and leadership.