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Sunset Theatre

Catch local up-and-coming acts and international superstars in one of America’s most intimate theaters. 

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. 

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’s 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. 

The Sunset Center’s 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’t a bad seat in the house. 

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’s and Ideas Festival. Check the website or local newspaper for details about performances and to purchase tickets. 

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. 


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Lodging Near Sunset Center

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Carmel Wayfarer Inn

Carmel Wayfarer Inn

4th Ave And Mission Ave, Carmel
3.1
of 5, from 1,087 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Carmel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

$189
Hotel Carmel

Hotel Carmel

Corner Of 4th And San Carlos, Carmel
4.6
of 5, from 137 reviews
4.0 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.

$119
Carmel Green Lantern Inn

Carmel Green Lantern Inn

Casanova & 7th Avenue, Carmel
3.9
of 5, from 142 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a garden setting, this property is 4 blocks to Carmel Beach and 1 block to historic downtown Carmel. Also nearby are Monterey Bay Aquarium, the historic Carmel Mission, and Galante Vineyards.

$153
Candle Light Inn

Candle Light Inn

San Carlos Street, Carmel
4.3
of 5, from 619 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Carmel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

$299
La Playa Carmel

La Playa Carmel

Camino Real at Eighth Ave., Carmel
4.4
of 5, from 588 reviews
4.5 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.

$202
Wayside Inn

Wayside Inn

7th Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel
4.5
of 5, from 486 reviews
3.5 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.

$230
The Hideaway

The Hideaway

Junipero St & 8th Ave, Carmel
4.5
of 5, from 62 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.

$84
Carmel Bay View Inn

Carmel Bay View Inn

Junipero Street Between 5th And 6th St, Carmel
4.1
of 5, from 953 reviews
3.0 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.