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Sunset Theatre

Catch local up-and-coming acts and international superstars in one of America\u2019s most intimate theaters.\u00A0

The Sunset Center is a classic American theater located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, just a 15-minute drive from Monterey. Built in 1931 as a school auditorium, the center is now a major art institution and the creative hub of Monterey County.\u00A0

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Carmel became a thriving artistic community when scores of artists, writers, poets and playwrights relocated from San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. By 1910, it was estimated that 60 percent of the town\u2019s homes had been built by residents involved in the arts. The city has long enjoyed a thriving theater culture. In 1910, the Forest Theater was built, a beautiful outdoor venue that has staged the works of Shakespeare.\u00A0

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The Sunset Center\u2019s design was influenced by the daring and often idiosyncratic architect who was given free rein in this bohemian enclave. The striking roofline and the vaulted gothic interior are famous. Soaring ceilings in the performance hall complement the wonderful acoustics. Locals will tell you there isn\u2019t a bad seat in the house.\u00A0

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Productions staged at the center vary in style and genre, and include local and international acts. Take your pick from contemporary dance, country rock, chamber music and comedy. The center also hosts annual cultural events, including the Carmel Art and Film Festival, and the Carmel Author\u2019s and Ideas Festival. Check the website or local newspaper for details about performances and to purchase tickets.\u00A0

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Sunset Center is located on a quiet street in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, a 15-minute drive from Monterey. Free parking is available for theater patrons. Enjoy a drink or dinner, pre- or post-show, at one of the many nearby bars and restaurants.\u00A0


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Lodging Near Sunset Center

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Wayside Inn $202
Wayside Inn

Wayside Inn

7th Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 510 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Carmel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

    La Playa Carmel $349
    La Playa Carmel

    La Playa Carmel

    Camino Real at Eighth Ave., Carmel
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 616 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Bough Playhouse, Sunset Center, and Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room. Galante Vineyards and Carmel Plaza are also within 15 minutes.

      Adobe Inn $181
      Adobe Inn

      Adobe Inn

      Dolores and Eighth, Carmel
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 165 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Carmel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sunset Center and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

        Carmel Bay View Inn $125
        Carmel Bay View Inn

        Carmel Bay View Inn

        Junipero Street Between 5th And 6th St, Carmel
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 1,003 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Plaza and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

          Colonial Terrace Inn by the Sea $225
          Colonial Terrace Inn by the Sea

          Colonial Terrace Inn by the Sea

          13th and San Antonio, Carmel
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 447 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tor House and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

            Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn $199
            Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn

            Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn

            San Carlos At Seventh, Carmel
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 373 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Carmel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

              The Hideaway $240
              The Hideaway

              The Hideaway

              Junipero St & 8th Ave, Carmel
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 70 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Wrath Winery and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

                Hotel Carmel $239
                Hotel Carmel

                Hotel Carmel

                Corner Of 4th And San Carlos, Carmel
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 176 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.