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Old Town Pasadena

Discover the charm and endless things to do within Old Town Pasadena. This historic area features shopping, art, museums, dining, nightlife, and family options and was once a stop on Route 66. No matter who you are, there’s something for you to find.

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Old Town Pasadena has come back to life as new businesses open up that maintain and preserve the beautiful location and the architecture. If you want an overview of Old Town, you may want to look into taking a walking tour provided by Pasadena Heritage. Learn about the history and the culture of the area while taking an enjoyable walk for $15 a ticket. You’ll see Colorado Boulevard, where the Tournament of the Roses Parade makes an appearance every year.

Look out for art galleries to visit as you walk around Old Town. You’ll also notice many restaurants, boutiques, and retail stores. This is a great area for antique hunters and those who enjoy learning about historic architecture. Make sure you check out Pasadena City Hall, which has been standing since the year 1927. The Gamble House was designed by Henry and Charles Green and is more than one-hundred-years-old. It was designed for the Gamble family of successful company Procter & Gamble, and it now includes a museum. The house was donated to the city, and the School of Architecture at USC houses two students in the house each year.

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Previously known as the Athens of the West, the Old Town Pasadena District goes back all the way to 1875. The restoration of the district in the 80s has excitedly brought people back into the area to enjoy everything Old Town has to offer. Take some time to visit the Norton Sim Museum (also known as the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art) and the Pasadena Museum of History. Then, head over to the train stations, including the Memorial Park Station and the Del Mar Station. Make your way to the rose gardens, which you will remember next time you watch the Rose Parade.

The historic Green Hotel, which opened in 1888, was once a luxury hotel and was once repurposed for residential living. Originally owned by George Gill Green, the building was designed by Frederick Roehrig. Another landmark is the Fair Oaks Schoolhouse and the city block known as the Schoolhouse Block.

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In the evening, you can enjoy the nightlife in Old Town. Play some pool at Jake’s and enjoy some drinks and food at Club 54, Bodegar Wine Bar, Old Towne Pub, and The Colorado Bar. For dining, be sure to stop by Cafe Santorini, The Luggage Room (at the Del Mar Station), Green Street Tavern, La Grande Orange Cafe, and White Horse Lounge.

Other places to visit in Pasadena include:

-South Farmers’ Market

-Rialto Theater

-Garfield Park

-The Curio Emporium

-Arroyo Seco Park

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Eaton Canyon

Parks and recreation near Los Angeles, California. Explore the trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and flora at Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena. South Pasadena has a lot to offer — as you can see in our post on South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm — and you won’t want to miss out on the nature and history of this beautiful canyon near the San Gabriel Mountains and Eaton Saddle.

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Within the Angeles National Forest lies the Eaton Canyon where residents and visitors in South Pasadena enjoy hiking trails, a biking trail, and equestrian trails. The canyon was once known as El Precipicio and was named after Judge Benjamin S. Eaton who lived in the Fair Oaks Ranch House in the 19th century.

The Mount Wilson Toll Road trail in the canyon, which was once used as a roadway to travel up Mount Wilson, is open to bicycles. There is also an observatory on the trail. Other trails in the canyon to check out include Bridge, Henninger Flats, Coyote Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and Moist Canyon. Streams like those in the Eaton Wash run through the canyon. Eaton Wash flows into the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo River.

Be sure to stop by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center within the Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park. The park is made up of 190 acres within the canyon that was once used as homesteading land, and is open between sunrise and sunset every day of the week. The center offers resources on the park as well as educational exhibits. The current building was opened in the late 1990s after the damage caused by the Altadena fire of the early 1990s. Today, the center offers an information desk, an auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop and more.

Check the center for programming like the guided walks and special events. In the park, you’ll be able to find the Fire Canyon Ecology Trail and the Mount Wilson Toll Road trailhead. Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery where you, friends, and/or family may learn about the geology, history, and ecology of the park.

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If you are looking for more areas to discover in the canyon, put the Eaton Canyon Falls on your list. This fifty-foot waterfall exists in front of a tunnel that once ran through to the other falls in the area. The trails in this area have been closed since then. If organized activities interest you more, check out the Eaton Canyon Golf Course. The 9-hole golf course was built in 1962 and created by William Francis Bell.

About South Pasadena: South Pasadena is a city of approximately 26,000 people and spans three-and-a-half miles. It is known for its hometown feel and as the location of filming on several Hollywood movies.

Other areas and events to visit in South Pasadena include:

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-The Battery Books & Music

-Arroyo Seco Park

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

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Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse, located at 29 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, is one of the most innovative and oldest theaters in American history. Often called “Hollywood’s Talent Factory,” this 686-seat auditorium is currently the venue for the play God Looked Away, which will be playing until March 19th this month. The play stars Al Pacino and Judith Light in a story about the famous playwright Tennessee Williams working on his last play in Chicago. Don’t miss God Looked Away, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, written by Dotson Radar, and put on by PlayWorks. PlayWorks is an organization that is dedicated to putting on the work of playwrights at various stages of their careers. It also arranges productions and readings for playwrights to get feedback straight from their audiences.

The history of the Pasadena Playhouse starts with the Gilmor Brown Players. They were an acting troupe that came to Pasadena, California in 1917. In 1924, the acting troupe moved into the Pasadena Playhouse, which was newly built with donations. Since 1937, it was named the Official Theater of the State of California, and it is also a Historic Place. Sheldon Epps is the current Artistic Director of the theater.

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Many famous and well-loved Hollywood actors are alumni of the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory,” also known as its College of Theater Arts. Notable alumni include Gene Hackman, Sally Struthers, Leonard Nimoy, Dustin Hoffman, Wayne Brady, and Raymond Burr, to name a few.

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing history of the theater, you can tour the Pasadena Playhouse for free and explore the building. Optional donations are appreciated. Plan on scheduling a tour ahead of time with the playhouse by calling. Some say you might even run into Gilmor, the ghost of the playhouse. While touring the playhouse, you can see sets that are under construction, visit the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, view the theater’s Library, and have a behind-the-scenes experience in the Green Room.

Let them know if you have a special interest, and your tour can be tailored to that area. For example, did you know the Pasadena Playhouse was the first theater in American history to host performances Shakespeare’s complete canon of plays? The playhouse is also home to the Pasadena Playhouse Archives. The collection features historical photographs, play programs, and more materials that date all the way back to the 1910s. Tours can be reserved for individuals or for a group experience.

To learn more about other productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, or productions that are coming soon, check the box office calendar on the playhouse’s website to see what is coming to Pasadena. You won’t be disappointed to attend a Pasadena Playhouse production, known for showcasing amazing talent, presenting groundbreaking work, and contributing to diversity in theater.

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The playhouse is a nonprofit theater that runs on donations. It is also known for its Outreach and Education programming, including the New Generations Theater Access Program. The program makes theater productions available to students who are 18-years-old or younger. This program brings young students to the theater who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts and provides time with the PPST Teaching Artist Corps to promote and advance theater education. In this past season alone, 3,000 students were introduced to the world of theater.

If you’re interested in theater and giving back to the community, you can volunteer with the FRIENDS of the Pasadena Playhouse. Volunteers contribute to important work in the office, with public relations, meals, the theater newsletter, special events, ushering, and more. Also, take a moment to check out the blog on the playhouse’s website, where interviews with actors are featured and casting announcements are made. You can also check in for behind-the-scenes posts on set design and coverage on special events.

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