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Pasadena Playhouse

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Address: 39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-5220
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+1 626-356-7529
13:00 - 18:00
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Making an Impact on the American Theatre


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.

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Historic landmark playhouse

I had seasons tickets for years and then I did not. This is a lovely theatre. It's small. Almost any seat is a good seat. Lovely historic building. Lots of bars and coffee places... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Nancy D
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I had seasons tickets for years and then I did not. This is a lovely theatre. It's small. Almost any seat is a good seat. Lovely historic building. Lots of bars and coffee places in the area for a bite before or after theatre. During intermission if you act quickly you can get a snack from their concession located outside... More 

Thank Nancy D
Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Even though watching Al Pacino was a great experience... the first act of "God looked away" was a painfully slow disappointment. I felt duped for paying so much money for a matinee ticket ($120)! I can't imagine how the entire cast is unaware of the scattered mess they are working with, but perhaps they have convinced themselves that is not... More 

Thank MrsCDinLA
Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Ridiculously expensive tickets for a matinee and the performance was interrupted multiple times by: late arrivals who should not have been seated because they disrupted those of us who had arrived on time - ushers talking - someone's medical device alarm going off - rattling racks of who knows what being wheeled just outside the exit door on the orchestra... More 

Thank Sue M
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017

God Looked Away is clearly a benefit production for the Pasadena Playhouse. Billed as a "workshop" it is appalling bad and not ready for an audience, much less one that is paying as much as $200 for ticket. If it's important for you to breathe the same air as Al Pacino then by all means go for it. However if... More 

Thank SallyForthFromHere
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Beautiful dinner, fantastic experience. Play "God Looked Away" was incredible, really loved it. Theatre was beautiful and clean. Service from attendants and bar were fantastic. Can't wait to visit again.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

The girls went to see Al Pacino and Judith Light in God Looked Away. A Play Works Development Production. Al Pacino played Tennessee Williams and Judith Light played Estelle. The time is March 27, 1981 and the setting was @ Ambassador East Hotel, Chicago. Al Pacino was wonderful and I enjoyed seeing him in live theater.

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Canandaigua, United States
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went to see Al Pacino in God Looked Away. This theatre is wonderful. It has the most leg room and best seating angles that I've ever seen (and I've seen many) This is definitely the most comfortable theatre I've ever attended. The only minor downside is the bar is outside which could be a pain in... More 

Thank William S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

I was in LA on business when I saw that Al Pacino was on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse. How could I resist!? The theater was well kept and the volunteer staff was helpful and kind. The small "concession stand" was a bit disorganized but, cute non the less. It was, without a doubt, worth the visit!

Thank Joy V
Los Angeles, California
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114 reviews
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

The Pasadena Playhouse has a wonderful historic charm about it, and is a very good theater venue. Cinderella was delightful experience, and the Playhouse added to its charm with great views of the stage, lighting effects and good sound. Although there is no elevator access to the upper seating areas, the staff were very helpful and courteous. Overall, Recommended for... More 

Thank Robert V
Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

The courtyard of the playhouse has such a warm feeling. I enjoyed stopping by with a friend just to pick up Cinderella tickers for a future day. Did you know you save more when you pay with cash?

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