Located across from the Recreation Center and established in 1929, the Long Beach Playhouse offers quality art performances and strives to develop the local arts community through theater.
This theater has influenced the early careers of notable actors, such as Dwight Yoakam, Robert Mitchum, Laraine Day, and Anneliese Van Der Pol. Every year the playhouse produces 16 plays, starting a new one every three weeks. The theater endeavors to include all demographic groups and to support itself through ticket sales.
Visitors can enjoy the Mainstage, with 200 seats arrayed in horseshoe fashion, or the Studio Theater (upstairs), a 98-seat theater that hosts performances geared toward adult-only audiences. Attended by nearly 34,000 visitors annually, the Long Beach Playhouse also offers acting workshops, summer workshops, outreach programs, and the hosting of fundraisers.
The box office is located on site and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations and group discounts are offered to parties of 15 or more.
Long Beach Playhouse is located about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport and is just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. Other nearby tourist sites include the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary and a Russian submarine, Long Beach Museum of Art, and several parks local parks.