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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 $70
Carmel Wayfarer Inn

Carmel Wayfarer Inn

4th Ave And Mission Ave, Carmel
     
    3.1
    of 5, from 1,105 reviews
    3.0 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.

    Hotel Carmel $209
    Hotel Carmel

    Hotel Carmel

    Corner Of 4th And San Carlos, Carmel
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 165 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.

      Carmel Green Lantern Inn $137
      Carmel Green Lantern Inn

      Carmel Green Lantern Inn

      Casanova & 7th Avenue, Carmel
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 149 reviews
        3.0 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.

        Candle Light Inn $175
        Candle Light Inn

        Candle Light Inn

        San Carlos Street, Carmel
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 649 reviews
          2.5 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.

          Wayside Inn $202
          Wayside Inn

          Wayside Inn

          7th Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 501 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.

            The Hideaway $240
            The Hideaway

            The Hideaway

            Junipero St & 8th Ave, Carmel
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 65 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.

              Carmel Fireplace Inn $115
              Carmel Fireplace Inn

              Carmel Fireplace Inn

              San Carlos Street, Carmel
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 100 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Carmel, this bed & breakfast 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.

                Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn $187
                Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn

                Coachman's Inn, A Four Sisters Inn

                San Carlos At Seventh, Carmel
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 369 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.