Welcome to San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

History and Culture Come to Life at the Mission Playhouse

Constructed in 1927 to house John Steven McGroarty’s epic Mission Play, charting the establishment of the California Missions, the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is a beautiful Spanish style building steeped in history and home to thousands of music, theater and dance performances.

Located in the historic Mission District of San Gabriel, the Playhouse provides a home for many local and international performing arts groups who produce and present a huge range of cultural experiences from Mariachi to Hip-Hop, from Shakespeare to Broadway and Classical Ballet to Folk Dance; truly A World of Arts and Culture.

The Mission Playhouse is also the perfect venue for High-School graduations, public meetings and film shoots and over the years has provided the location for major Hollywood movies and TV shows.

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We are very happy to be working once again with the Pasadena Star News, this years media sponsor.

We hope you enjoy your time on our website and find everything you need. If not, just get in touch and we’ll be very happy to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Anna Cross
Playhouse Director


  • Upcoming Events

    1. Music Notes

      Orchestra Concert presented by the American International Cultural Exchange Foundation

      March 30 @ 8:00 pm
    2. Pasadena Dance Theatre Logo

      Pasadena Dance Theatre Conservatory Performance

      April 12 @ 5:00 pm
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      Poetry at the Playhouse- Laureates on Stage (Free Event)

      April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    4. Theatreworks USA at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 3

      Click, Clack, Moo (School Performance Only)

      April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    5. Theatreworks USA at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 3

      Click, Clack, Moo (School Performance Only)

      April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm