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Theater And The Arts In Carson California

By: Bjorn Brieman

It should be no surprise that there are lots of theater and arts attractions in Carson, as it is located in such proximity to Hollywood, the land of the stars. From musicals and fine arts to movie theaters and playhouses, the Carson area has a lot to offer.

Located right in the center of Carson, is the Dominguez Hill Art Gallery located on the campus of California State University on East Victoria Street. This huge gallery displays the art work created by seniors of the school’s art program. The collection exhibited changes a few times during the year as a new class graduates. There are also lectures given throughout the year as well as other art related events.

For those more interested in art history, you will want to visit the International Printing Museum located on Torrance Boulevard. This unique museum features one of the largest exhibits of historical printing equipment and other pieces of historic book arts.

A few minutes from the International Printing Museum is the Torrance Cultural Center located in Torrance, California on Civic Center Drive. This huge arts center features a theater for performing arts that seats 502 guests. There are also a few art studios and a beautiful, authentic Japanese style garden. Also in Torrance is the Torrance Art Museum, just down Civic Center Drive from the Torrance Cultural Center. This museum features permanent and traveling exhibits as well as lectures throughout the year. You might want to check out their calendar before planning your trip if you want to catch a lecture you find of interest. Also in Torrance, on Albalone Avenue, you will find the Chen Art Gallery, a unique art gallery that features a large personal collection of Chinese art. The collection, which belongs to Dr. Tei Fu Chen, includes paintings and historic artifacts from the Qing and Ming imperial palaces and the Neolithic Era as well.  

A short 15 minute drive just southeast of the city of Carson will bring you to the Museum of Latin American Arts in Long Beach. This hard-to-miss museum is located on Alamitos Avenue. It’s large, unique architecture welcomes you to browse through the Latin American inspired paintings and other works of art. A large majority of the pieces on display in the Museum of Latin American Arts were created by locals of the Southern California area and exude a rich cultural symbolism of their influence on the culture of the area.

Theater lovers will want to make a trip to the El Segundo Playhouse, which is located in El Segundo on Main Street. The theater, which seats 850 guests is a non-profit theater that puts on production of plays like Harvey, Emma and To Kill a Mockingbird, just to name a few. This is also the venue where the Civic Light Opera of South Bay performs. Tickets for productions and events here generally range from $30 to $60.

Back in Long Beach, there are a few other playhouses to check out, including the Long Beach Playhouse. This theater features two different theaters, both of which have very intimate settings where you can enjoy local productions of plays and musicals as well as concerts. Ticket prices are quite affordable for events at the Long Beach Playhouse, ranging from $12 to $27. While in Long Beach, you might also want to check out a performance by The Long Beach Opera, which has completed an amazing 28 seasons. Past productions have included Powder Her Face, King Roger and Death in Venice. If you’re a fan of Shakespearean productions check the calendar for the Long Beach Shakespeare Company as they host several Shakespearean festivals throughout the year. 

Of  course, the mecca for actors looking for their big break is Los Angeles, which is just a short 25 minute drive north of Carson. There are lots and lots of dinner theaters, playhouses and concert venues. It is well-known that many famous actors have gotten their start in some of these playhouses, and it is also true that some big name actors still like to perform in them every once in a while.

If you’re just looking to catch one of the latest flicks, there are two movie theaters in the Carson area; the AMC Del Amo 18 located on West Carson Street, the AMC Rolling Hills 20 in Torrance. 

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