5 Cultural Venues to Visit in Long Beach

Long Beach has a thriving arts and culture scene, from the musical masterpieces played at the Symphony Orchestra to the classic dramas performed on the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage. If you’re in the Southern California area and itching for the performing arts, take a look at the event calendars for these cultural venues in Long Beach.

1. Terrace Theater

Enjoy the grand theatrics at the Terrace Theater, located at 300 E Ocean Blvd. The full theatrical and performance venue seats more than 3,000 patrons in its Loge, Orchestra, and Balcony seat areas, with suspended staircases that span the three floors. Terrace Theater accommodates numerous events, including Broadway productions, operas, local performances, beauty pageants, and more. It’s currently home to the must-see Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about the Terrace theater.

2. Carpenter Center

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, situated on the campus of California State University, is a venue that caters to films, music, and theater performances. Known as the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the venue was named in honor of CSULB Music Department alums, The Carpenters. Carpenter Center is considered the region’s most technologically advanced performance hall of its size, and where patrons can find dance concerts, film screenings, musical performances, and much more throughout the calendar year. Learn more about the Carpenter Center.

3. Long Beach Playhouse

If you have a passion for theater, then the Long Beach Playhouse is the place to be. Located at 5021 E. Anaheim Street, the venue provides unique educational programs, in addition to a high-quality theater. The Long Beach Playhouse is a landmark in Long Beach, producing 13 shows each year, while collaborating with other arts organizations and local artists. The venue has two theaters, the Mainstage and the Studio Theater where works of art are played out live on stage. Learn more about Long Beach Playhouse.

4. City Theatre

The International City Theatre is a non-profit, award-winning regional theater that provides the community with affordable and highly entertaining live performances. City Theatre is now in its 30th year, and offers a five-play season, as well as six community and educational outreach programs. The Theatre also offers dinner packages that allow patrons to enjoy a three-course meal for two with their pair of tickets to City Theatre’s most current production. Learn more about City Theatre.

5. Museum of Art

Head down to Ocean Boulevard and experience culture at its finest. The Museum of Art in Long Beach is a community-based organization that attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The Museum has numerous interesting exhibits which are constantly changing and evolving for a unique experience each time you visit. Admission into the Museum of Art is free on Thursdays from 3 to 8 PM. Learn more about Long Beach Museum of Art.

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