Playhouse Village

Creative Enclave

The Playhouse Village is an eclectic neighborhood that spawned around the Pasadena Playhouse in the 1920s by many of the creative people involved with the theater. Today, the Playhouse Village is the entertainment hub of Pasadena with a noticeable concentration of public art, street art, and niche independent businesses like a bookstore from 1894; an arthouse movie theater; a coffee shop, art galleries; a vinyl record store; a wine tasting bar and a boutique hotel.

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Things to Do

Pasadena Playhouse: The neighborhood's namesake is a Spanish Colonial Revival theatre featuring an ornate auditorium and a large courtyard. Free theatre tours are offered with advanced reservations. More

USC Pacific Asia Museum (pictured): The only university museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. More

Boston Court Performing Arts Center: Performing arts center featuring two stages where visitors can experience theatre, music, dance and spoken word. This is the kind of performing arts space that thrives on presenting bold content. Details

Ice House Comedy Club: Since the 1960s, legendary comics have continued to grace the stage of the Ice House. Details


Rose Parade: One of the highlights during Pasadena's grand midwinter festival is the Rose Parade, where highly conceptual floats parade across the city, accompanied by enormous marching bands ad equestrian troupes. A good portion of the parade route runs through the Playhouse Village. Details

Summer Jazz Concerts: free outdoor jazz concerts take place in the Playhouse Village from July to August. Details

LitFest: A free literary festival where books and authors are celebrated. More

Pasadena International Film Festival: lovers of independent film and short features takeover the Laemmle Playhouse 7 for eight days in March. Details

ArtNight Pasadena: Most of Pasadena's museums and cultural institutions host free events during one night in March and again in October. Free shuttles help get art lovers throughout the festival. Details

Art Walk: An urban art fair which pops up each October, featuring the works of local artists. More

Wine Walk: Stroll through art galleries and interesting spaces in the Playhouse Village while you enjoy wine at each venue. Details

Merry Merry Movie: Free holiday movie screening at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 followed by family activities at next door at Vroman's Bookstore's seasonal Winter Wonderland. Details

Thursday Night Music: Live music is performed in the alleyway just outside Zona Rosa Caffe every Thursday from April through mid-November, and food trucks are parked right in front of the coffee shop. Details

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Hotel Constance: Modern boutique hotel housed in a historic building from the Roaring Twenties. Details

Hilton Pasadena: The forward-thinking brand's Pasadena hotel is located a block from the Pasadena Convention Center. Details


Sushi of Naples: A casual yet sophisticated traditional sushi restaurant and bar, frequented by locals.

Roy's: A Hawaiian fusion restaurant with a bar area and patio.

Coffee Shops

Zona Rosa Caffe: An independent coffee shop inspired by Mexico City's eclectic neighborhood of the same name. Find organic, fair trade coffee from Latin regions of the world.

Urth Caffe: A popular Los Angeles coffeehouse and cafe featuring organic food, coffee, and lots of vegetarian options.

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Public Transportation

The Playhouse Village is a walkable neighborhood serviced by several public transportation agencies, the best route can easily be found by using Google Maps

Metro Gold Line

LA's growing light rail system runs through Pasadena — Memorial Park Station and Lake Station are the best stops to get you to the Playhouse Village. Details

Metro Bus Routes

180 & 180 Hollywood‚ÜîPasadena
256 Altadena‚ÜîCommerce
267 Pasadena‚ÜîAltadena‚ÜîCity of Hope‚ÜîEl Monte
686 Altadena‚ÜîPasadena
780 Pasadena‚ÜîHollywood‚ÜîWeHo‚ÜîMid-City

Pasadena Transit

Bus routes 10 and 20 service the Playhouse Village. Details

Foothill Transit

Line 187: MontclairPasadena

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The artsy Playhouse Village is home to the renowned Pasadena Playhouse along with museums, galleries, eateries and a...

Playhouse Village