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Carmel's Forest Theater

Address: Santa Rita & Mountain View, Carmel, CA 93922
Phone Number: 831-622-0100
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Ranked #11 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
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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.

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Carmel, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Forest Theater is a wonderful place to see a show, and now that it's being renovated, let's hope 2015 will see it back in action and better than ever. Make sure to see something produced by Pac Rep, take a picnic and a bottle of wine (and dress warmly) and you're almost guaranteed a perfect evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Took my daughter to see wizard of oz here when she was 5 years old. Quaint little open air theatre in Carmel. We had such a good time and it was the perfect summer evening. My daughter has fond memories and periodically asks to go back. Will be returning on a future trip.

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Carmel, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Forest Theater is located within the Monterey Pine Forest of Carmel. Historically, it was the gathering place for summer plays involving the locals. It continues to this day with excellent productions produced and directed under the auspices of Pac Rep, a local theatrical company. Take a picnic supper, wrap up warmly and enjoy Carmel's theater under the stars.

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Monterey, California
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8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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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
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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
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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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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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9 helpful votes 9 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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