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Good things come in pairs in the Playhouse District.  There are two live theaters (The Pasadena Playhouse and Boston Court) as well as two movie theaters (The Academy and Laemmle's Playhouse which show art, foreign and independent films) and one bookstore Vroman's.  (Cliffs, a used-book store nearby has closed forever, sadly).
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Live theater has been presented at the Pasadena Playhouse on El Molino just off Colorado since 1917.  It has been designated as the Official State Theater of California.  An acting academy is also part of the Playhouse and among its alumni are Dustin Hoffman, Mare Winningham, and Gene Hackman.

The Playhouse District extends about a block north and south of Colorado between Los Robles Ave and Catalina Ave.  It is a small area packed with interesting, non-mall shopping and dining as well as entertainment.

Boston Court Theater Pasadena California The Boston Court Theater on Mentor Ave. often stages experimental plays -- but as you can see in this photo, Othello and other classics are also performed.


Ice House Comedy Club Pasadena California Just steps away from the Boston Court theater is the Ice House Comedy Club. 

A notable bookstore in Pasadena's Playhouse District  are Vroman's on Colorado.  It is over 100 years old and thriving, despite competition from the big chain book stores and online bookstores.  Across the street in the next block is Cliff's Books, a used book store that has books, records and even comic books stacked to the ceiling -- treasures waiting to be discovered.  NOTE: Cliff's has closed, and so has the Barnes and Noble in Old Town Pasadena.  Vroman's is still open.

Pasadena Playhouse District bookstore and theater Vroman's book store and Laemmle's Playhouse movie theater sit side-by-side on Colorado Blvd.  Occasionally there are free musical performances in the courtyard between the two buildings. (Since this photo was taken, the large ficus tree in front has been removed.)


Arcade in Playhouse District Pasadena California Lunch, dinner, after-theater supper?  You can find myriad dining choices in the Playhouse District.  This arcade, on Colorado across the street from Laemmle's theater, has several restaurants and some interesting stores as well.  Walk through the arcade at the other end and you will find more shops and restaurants lining Green Street. Next to the Playhouse are other dining choices.

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