San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 S. Mission Drive,
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This former movie theater opened as the Mission Playhouse in 1927. From about 1932 to the end of World War II, according to movie listings, it was used as a movie theater and was called the Mission Theatre. It is said that during the wartime housing shortage that its dressing rooms were used as apartments.
At the end of the war the Mission Theatre was bought by the city and it became the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. Today it is used for a variety of the performing arts and is available for rental. It was re-named San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in 2008.
The nearby San Gabriel Mission, dating back to the early-1800’s, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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