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Carmel's Forest Theater

Santa Rita & Mountain View, Carmel, CA 93922
831-622-0100
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Ranked #11 of 30 attractions in Carmel
Type: Theaters
Owner description: PacRep at the Forest Theatre - annual family musical (Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, etc.), and traditional Shakespeare Festival under... more » Owner description: PacRep at the Forest Theatre - annual family musical (Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, etc.), and traditional Shakespeare Festival under the stars at one of the oldest outdoor theatres on the west coast Historic theatre dating to 1910 and early stage used by the Carmel 'bohemians' that started the city's theatre movement. Shakespeare Festival includes repertory productions at PacRep's Golden Bough Playhouse and the Circle Theatre. « less
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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

What a great venue! The Carmel Forest Theater's "FILMS IN THE FOREST" show classic films and documentaries on the big screen - all OUTDOORS, at night under the stars! You can watch the sunset through the trees and sometimes they have mini-bonfires burning. Dress in layers (however, some nights are fabulous, weather-wise) and bring a blanket for your bum. Seating... More

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Lawrenceville, NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Watched "Snow While and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Peter Pan" in 2013, both on Sunday afternoons. Both were very enjoyable experiences. The quality of acting, singing, and direction were amazing. So many children came to see the shows and none created any fuss. Parking may be a bit of a problem. Also, since this is an open theater, weather can... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

How is anyone saying this is not one of the most wonderful experiences in theater you could have????? My boyfriend and I were wandering through Carmel on a little vacation and spotted a sign saying that there was a play in town. When we got here it was the most amazing little experience ever. Not only was it really unique... More

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Sunnyvale, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

The theater itself is stunning and the seating is intimate. I loved the set design and John Barrymore III as Hamlet was brilliant. It was such a thrill to see so many talented actors on the stage giving great performances. It was one of the best theater experiences I've ever had. There is a good mixture of comedy and drama... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

We attended the opening of Hamlet. The theater was beautiful. Fires burning in the fireplaces aside the stage made for an enchanted setting. The only problem was the acting. To be sure this is community theater but then don't try something ambitious as hamlet. Some actors were good for example Polonius and Hamlet. Others seemed to be reading from cue... More

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Carmel, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
35 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Forest Theater is an outdoor theater surrounded by tall Monterey pine trees. A nice intimate theater - great for the occasional movie showing or live play or musical. Founded in 1910 it was one of the earliest ampitheaters in the West. Currently run by a non-profit organization it has continued a long tradition of community theater. Highly recommend it -... More

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Carmel Valley, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

This was really a wonderful experience for the whole family. Such a wonderful way to spend an evening. Having the kids in their pj's is a great idea and they just fall into bed afterwards

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

It's quite a walk to get there from the main street and it's actually just a little open theatre with benches in a middle of forest...

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Salinas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Fun place to take family! Outdoors so dress appropriately and bring blankets and cushions to sit on.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Probably only a handful of old-time outdoor theaters like the Forest Theater. Wonderful experience. Bring some of your own food and wine. Bring a blanket and seat cushion. Watch an old classic and leave feeling great.

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