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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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La Playa Carmel RM1,159
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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Carmel Bay View Inn RM420
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    Carmel Bay View Inn

       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Northwest Carmel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Plaza and Carmel Beach. 17-Mile Drive and Carmel Mission Basilica are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Normandy Inn RM544
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        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Northwest Carmel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galante Vineyards, Carmel Beach and 17-Mile Drive. Pebble Beach Golf Links and Carmel Mission Basilica are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Carmel Mission Inn RM494
        Carmel Mission Inn

        Carmel Mission Inn

           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Barnyard and Carmel Mission Basilica. Carmel Beach and 17-Mile Drive are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          The Hideaway RM561
          The Hideaway

          The Hideaway

             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Golden Rectangle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wrath Winery, Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica. 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Golf Links are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Hotel Carmel RM744
            Hotel Carmel

            Hotel Carmel

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Northwest Carmel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Plaza and Carmel Beach. 17-Mile Drive and Carmel Mission Basilica are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Adobe Inn RM736
              Adobe Inn

              Adobe Inn

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                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Golden Rectangle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sunset Center and Carmel Beach. 17-Mile Drive and Carmel Mission Basilica are also within 15 minutes.

                Wayside Inn RM782
                Wayside Inn

                Wayside Inn

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Golden Rectangle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room, Carmel Beach and 17-Mile Drive. Pebble Beach Golf Links and Carmel Mission Basilica are also within 3 miles (5 km).