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California Center for the Arts, Escondido

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Address: 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025
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+1 760-839-4178
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and...

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.

The Center's unique campus includes a 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities ready to host corporate gatherings, weddings and other special life events.

The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, 4th of July celebration, Day of the Dead Festival, Holiday Tree Lighting and WOW First Wednesdays performances.

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Attended our first show. It's beautiful inside and the acoustics are great. Prices similar to what one would pay in San Diego.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jeffery J
Escondido, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended our first show. It's beautiful inside and the acoustics are great. Prices similar to what one would pay in San Diego.

Thank Jeffery J
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here on several occasions. It is well constructed, convenient parking, and beautiful interior with good acoustical architecture. Recently went to hear Black Violins there and they provided a great interview with the group beforehand. Each week they have great performers with a whole variety of worldwide interest. Highly recommend.

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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The seats in the balcony are a bit tight, but we had amazing view of the Shen Yun dancers. This is a wonderful venue for a town like Escondido and they have some extraordinary variety of entertainment

Thank Jessica S
Joshua Tree, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This looks like an older theater. We were in the orchestra section, row K. When we arrived and asked where the bathrooms were we were told to take the elevator. My husband does not negotiate stairs well but the staff did not mention we could get to our seating from the lower level so we went all the way around... More 

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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Really nice local theater. Have been here for a few different events (play, ballet, etc.) and have always enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

With all the rainy weather in January and Feb this new show at the Arts Center Museum is a good choice for all ages. Open Thurs-Sunday now to 2/26/17 this multimedia show depicts the West through the eyes of painters, craftsmen, native Americans, and pioneers black, white and Hispanic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

This place is not too big, it has very good acustics and great visibility. Famous and not so famous artists perform here at very reasonable prices. It is always well maintained, ushers are friendly, there is a good bar for the pre show and during intermission. Recommend it highly.

Thank Rafael G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

I have been here for shows, a Gala, and for job workshops. It is clean and well maintained. We went to watch Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. Both shows had young performers who were very impressive in their art. The Gala was held in their banquet hall. It was a good size for a few hundred people and the food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

There are 2 venues located in this complex. We have attended shows here for years, the show we watched 12/15 was held in the smaller Center Theater. The theater is a much more intimate venue than the concert hall. This was the first show we had watched in this theater. Seats are narrower than the concert hall, but all seats... More 

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

I have been going to events at the Center for many years and have probably attended 50+ events there. They have everything from solo artists to dance ensembles to orchestral groups. I love the variety, but mostly I love the high quality of the acts. I have never been disappointed. Another big plus is that there is plenty of easy... More 

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