THE LOT Liberty Station opened to the public on May 5, 2016, and provides a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinematic experience to Point Loma’s thriving and vibrant Liberty Station community.
THE LOT Liberty Station features unique design elements that pay homage to the building’s original function as the Naval Training Center’s epicenter of military troop training and entertainment—the former building #35, previously known as LUCE Auditorium, originally a 2,200-seat projector and screen theater, equipped with Cinema Scope (a lens series used from 1953 to 1967 for shooting widescreen movies; the creation of which marked the beginning of modern widescreen movie projection). LUCE Auditorium once was the center of social life and troop training in Point Loma—a place where military training films and movie features were shown for families during weekends.
The building sat empty for 17 years before the development and restoration team at THE LOT rehabilitated the building—giving it not only an homage to its original function, but also an updated contemporary twist—creating a new community hub and entertainment destination for modern San Diego families.
THE LOT at Liberty Station’s design preserves the building’s original oak stage and exposed concrete proscenium, where curtains once hung. Created to honor the past, as well as current, leading-edge design, THE LOT Liberty Station also features a completely glass-enclosed café, bar and indoor/outdoor restaurant space that lends itself to an eclectic balance of reinvented use in a rehabilitated historic building.