Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sad news came this week when Stephen Eich, executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse, announced that with the last performance of the current production, CAMELOT, The State Theatre of California, will shutter its doors. Staff has already been laid off. Eich said that they had hoped for a deep pockets Angel to rescue the Playhouse, but no one has come forward to date.
An evening at the Playhouse has always been an event. Celebrities mingle with locals and the ubiquitous volunteers who distribute programs reflecting the population of Pasadena in a kind and attentive way.
The Playhouse District has been a landmark in Pasadena for years being dubbed the State Theatre of California just a few years after its opening in 1917. Evidently, financial woes have arisen over the years, but the theatre has been able to muddle through in the past. What a shame it will be if this iconic institution is really at the final curtain.
Contact Stephen Eich at the Playhouse if you have a plan. Don't let this economy rob Southern California of this important heritage.