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Pasadena Playhouse

39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, United States
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  • Pasadena PlayhousePro 2014
    Billy
    3 Mar 26, 2014

    Came here to watch A Song At Twilight by Noel Coward.

    Parking: I parked for free on the street.

    Cute, little place. Very intimate place.
    This was my very first time at the Pasadena Playhouse. I like places that gives unobstructed views regardless of your seating location.

    Ticket counter: Staff was friendly. No problems picking up tickets from will call.

    I saw Brief Encounter by Noel Coward; And, i guess it is not fair to compare the two.
    But, mentally, I did just that.

    It was entertaining but I did have a hard time with the German accent.
    There were several twists and turns. The good old days when people stayed married for decades.

    Mostly mature audience. And they don't let you take any pictures of the stage/costumes.

    Overall, glad to enjoy my first experience at the Pasadena Playhouse

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  • Pasadena PlayhousePro 2014
    Richard
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    4 Dec 02, 2013

    Pasadena Playhouse is a historic building reminds me a bit like San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The exterior and interior is very nice.

    The seating is similar to San Gabriel one. It got 2 level house up to 400+ attendants, the seat is comfortable and carper is clean! I do felt the legroom is a bit tight and I ain't tall at all. Restroom is a problem here, felt like going to Union Station, too small and often there's line. Staff in the playhouse, sometime can be too bossy, like telling people turning off the phone. No camera allows either, those 2 are not listed in the site, which they seriously needs to. Most of those is consider a minor issue, what it matter it actually enhance you focus in the play itself instead of distraction.

    Parking is workable, but aware they charge $7-9 for lot next to the playhouse, but good thing is free in the street. Good lord, this is not in the Old Town location. Nearby got some nice eating-place like Roy's their Aloha "Happy" Hour make it perfect stop before watching the play. Also good bookstore and coffee shop nearby.

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  • Pasadena PlayhousePro 2014
    Troy Howard
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    4 Apr 22, 2013

    This is one the best gems that Pasadena has to offer. I went with the wife to see The Heiress as well as other plays, and the beauty of this playhouse, is the fact that seating is a non factor. Any seat that you choose to sit in, you will have a great view of the play.

    The seats are very comfortable and roomy. You can stretch out your legs and enjoy the play. The staff is very friendly, as well as accommodating. They will make sure that your taken care of each time.

    Parking is on Colorado, or you can choose one of the 4 or 5 dollar lots that are nearby.

    Before the play, there are plenty of food choices to choose from as well as a great wine place right next door.

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  • Pasadena Playhouse
    Alex W.
    4 Apr 12, 2013

    This review is for Fallen Angels.
    The singing, piano-playing maid was hilarious and provided great comic relief!
    Beautiful and intimate venue but there's so much smoking in this play that they desperately need more ventilation!
    View was good from up in the nosebleeds but perhaps that's where all the smoke traveled to and lingered?
    Thanks to the Pasadena Playhouse for a fun evening of comedy reminiscent of Desperate Housewives!

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  • Pasadena Playhouse
    Jennifer N.
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    5 Oct 04, 2012

    There is a few things I absolutely love about this place! Aside from it being an historic landmark in Pasadena, it's also a very cozy, intimate playhouse that displayed a great commitment to the American theater. This Venue is absolutely gorgeous from the courtyard fountain to inside of the theater.

    We were seated on the second level. The stage and the seating were designed perfectly angled . I think no matter where your seats are, you'll still get a great view of the entire stage!! Spacious seats, lots of leg room and amazing view of the structure of the entire theater especially if on the second level.
    Theater arts has always been one of my favorite subjects. So when I got a chance to come to the Pasadena Playhouse for a free play I was absolutely thrilled, especially a year ago, when I stopped by and saw the playhouse was closed, and I thought for good, I was devastated. The Playhouse shows it's cultural and theatrical diversity in the selections of plays that is shown here which reflected in the Tony award winning plays that was played there like the Sister Act.

    Elements Kitchen is right next to the Playhouse which is so convenience. I also like the idea how right within steps are parking places available so you don't have to walk a few many too blocks in those high heels. Better yet, come earlier and I'm sure you can find street metered parking.

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  • Pasadena PlayhousePro 2014
    Andrea L
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    5 Sep 25, 2012

    A beautiful historic theatre, nearly a hundred years old. I've seen numerous productions here and have enjoyed them all.

    Whether you sit in the balcony or in the orchestra, there really aren't any bad seats. It's small enough that its size is not overwhelming, but it's also big enough that decent sized productions can be shown.
    The theatre architecture is lovely and the stage displays never cease to amaze.

    Lots of restaurants in walkable distances, and free street parking (or paid lots and valet), make this a great evening destination!

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    John H.
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    4 Aug 25, 2012

    A great theater production company runs this small intimate theater. With the wealth of talent in the area, you'll be able to some big stars in the plays that show up on the stage. Most of the plays will be reproductions of famous and not so famous plays. A great place for a night theater.

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    Sahara Diana Quinn
    5 Aug 19, 2012

    This is a beautiful old theater. If you get a chance, check out the upstairs Library the belonged to the man who built it. It's haunted, too!

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  • Pasadena PlayhousePro 2014
    Erin V
    5 Jul 20, 2012

    What a nice historic theatre.

    What amazes me about this theatre is the transformation of the sets I've seen. I'm just bewildered at how the set designers make use of the great space.

    It doesn't matter where you sit, the view is great. The productions I've seen here have made me laugh and cry and sometimes both at the same time.

    The restrooms are a little snug, I suggest going to the loo before you arrive or find yourself waiting in a line.

    If you are a theatre donor, they have a library on the 2nd floor where they welcome you with some treats during the intermission.

    Support the arts!

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  • Pasadena Playhouse
    Laura S
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    GOOD:
    * The play was amazing.
    * The view - no matter where you sit - was great.
    * Small intimate setting
    * Lighting and scenery was beautiful
    * Walking distance from work
    * The area is great!

    BAD:
    * Tickets don't mark the seating that well
    * WILL CALL was outdoors

    I'm definitely coming back here to see the play!

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  • Pasadena PlayhousePro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Since its 1925 opening night the Pasadena Playhouse has attracted top-flight talent and produced a potpourri of plays ranging from the well-known to the experimental. In its first 25 years it produced all 37 Shakespeare plays and 500 productions that were either American or World premiers. In 1937 the California Legislature named the Playhouse the "State Theatre of California" for having brought "national and international renown to our state."

    In the 1960s the Playhouse went dark for an extended period but ultimately received new financing and restoration. It re-opened, as several small theaters rather than one large theater, each presenting their own productions while maintaining the Playhouse's historic pool of talent. In February 2010 the Playhouse again went dark because of financial woes. Since then, it has again re-opened, still maintaining its large talent pool. Well worth going to, for both its history and for the quality of its performers.

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    Kip Stolberg
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    We loved this theatre. It was intimate with world class actors. It felt like a first rate regional theatre. It is probably one the better places to see theatre in the LA area.

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    Natalie K
    5 Nov 15, 2013

    great productions, try Court Street Theater as well!

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    Jade DeCosta
    3 Aug 22, 2012

    It's a pretty theatre, worth seeing a show there just to check out the architecture.

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    5 Apr 26, 2012
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    5 Jul 08, 2014
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    5 Apr 12, 2014
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This national historic landmark continues to be a venue for plays, musicals, and other cultural and artistic events, nearly a century after its foundation. The 686-seat auditorium was built with donations from the community for an itinerant acting troupe that had settled in Pasadena. The troupe moved into what was then called the Pasadena Community Playhouse in 1924, enjoying what was considered ... read more
the largest and most technically advanced venue on the West Coast. In 1937, the state legislature dedicated the playhouse as the Official State Theatre. The theater's acting school produced such talents as Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Sally Struthers. The theater went bankrupt and closed its doors in 1969, but thanks to a partnership with the local government, local businesses and philanthropists, it reopened them in 1985. Call to arrange a tour for an individual or group.

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