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“Small but Attractive Theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena Playhouse
Ranked #15 of 61 things to do in Pasadena
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Owner description: Discover the Playhouse Making an Impact on the American Theatre Pasadena Playhouse is under the guidance of Artistic Director Sheldon Epps, whose commitment to cultural and theatrical diversity brings vitality and direction to the theatre. This commitment is reflected in seasons featuring Tony and Pulitzer award-winning plays as well as in outreach and artistic programs, which have doubled in size in the last two years.
Jackson, NJ
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Small but Attractive Theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Went to a performance of Snow White's Enchanted Christmas. It was a very nice show. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I liked this theater. It was small but had a very cozy feel to it. Would see another show at this theater in the future.

Visited December 2012
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Glendale, CA
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Historic Arts Center”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Pasadena Playhouse is a historic performing arts theater that is located at 39 S El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, California. The 686-seat auditorium is a gem and a venue that should not be missed. The lines of sight in this small theater are excellent, making every seat a good seat from which to watch the live productions. Even the small balcony provides a great view of the stage and the sound quality is exceptional. However, as good or great as the productions are at this theater, I think the management of this theater is a problem. At my most recent production, Intimate Apparel, the production began late. I have yet to attend a production here that begins at the posted time. If your ticket states an 8:00pm start time, then expect to start at least 10 -15 minutes late. Unfortunately this is the case in most of LA live theater. This would be unheard of in New York! I know the excuses, traffic and parking, but that will not change in LA. So given that why don't the patrons leave their homes a bit earlier? The ushers at this theater are also a problem. They chat with each other once the production has begun. They clearly forget the alphabetic principal, as they cannot seem to direct patrons to their correct rows, which go from B to T in the orchestra level. Patrons arrive late, chatting, with cell phones on, drinks in hand, oversized bags swinging while attempting to maneuver their assigned rows. Cells phones go off, patrons text, and hold conversations with each other. The chatter from the lobby can be heard in the back orchestra rows, and no one attempts to correct this. For all the beauty of the theater, and the untiring work of the actors, the theater and the actors get no respect.

Visited November 2012
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Los Altos Hills, California
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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Backstage Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you cannot attend a performance in this classic theater....or even if you can, do check out their website to arrange a backstage private tour of about one hour. It is a fascinating look at early Pasadena and the life of the city. The theater is California's most historic one, and the dedicated guides are wonderful. Make a donation afterwards as we did.

Visited September 2012
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Glendora, California
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69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“Nice little playhouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

It's small but the intimacy lends to the experience. Most enjoyable. It's also a fun place to people-watch.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“where the stars were born”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

The Playhouse has gone through ups and downs the last 30 years, but it is probably the most famous theatre on the West Coast in terms of how many stars got their start there. Check out its pedigree on Wikipedia and marvel at who performed there.

Visited July 2012
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