Settle into your plush velvet seat at the Golden State Theatre and wait for the red curtains to open. You will quickly realize that the show you are seeing almost takes a backseat to the opulent setting. This movie palace in Monterey, California is a relic of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
In 1926, a palatial building was erected on Alvarado Street. Although it looked more like a Moorish castle than a cinema, the Golden Gate Theatre was actually the largest movie theater between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It had 1,600 seats, which was nearly a quarter of Monterey’s population at the time. The theater fell on difficult times toward the middle of the century, but has recently been restored to its original splendor.
The design is intended to make visitors feel like they are sitting in an airy Spanish courtyard; that ambiance remains. An intricate fresco gives off the impression of sun and sky peeking in from the ceiling. Look for the replica of the legendary Wurlitzer pipe organ that flanks the stage.
Today, the theater has largely replaced film with live performances. Blues legend B.B. King and the stage production of Les Misérables are just a few of the acts that have appeared at Golden State Theatre. It hosts world-class talent from the music, theater, dance and stand-up spheres. You can still watch a movie here, with special showings and film schedules several times a year.
With such a regular influx of talent at the Golden State Theatre, it’s best to call the box office or visit its website for an up-to-date performance schedule. Purchase tickets online or at the theater. For more popular shows it is advisable to buy them in advance.
There is no on-site parking for Golden State Theatre but between street parking and public parking garages, it isn’t difficult to find a place to park your car in Monterey.
Golden State Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Monterey. Enjoy the city’s coastal location at the beautiful Pebble Beach, which is located just 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometers) away.
Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond; Cannery Row and the aquarium are a short walk away.
After undergoing a $60 million renovation, this 550-room hotel and conference center is situated on 22 acres next to the 18-hole championship Pebble Beach Resort's Del Monte Golf Course, 6 blocks from the beach and 1 mile from downtown Monterey.
Offering friendly service and immaculate rooms, this hotel is 1 block from Historic Downtown Monterey, 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Conference Center, and 2 miles from the aquarium.
Located in Lighthouse District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater, Fisherman's Wharf, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Maritime Museum and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Munras Avenue, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Don Dahvee Park and Dennis the Menace Park. Fisherman's Wharf and Maritime Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden State Theatre and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Munras Avenue, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Del Monte Shopping Center, Fisherman's Wharf, and Dennis the Menace Park. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Maritime Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Connected to the Monterey Conference Center by a footbridge, this smoke-free downtown hotel is 3 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, and less than 2 miles from Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium.