Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea lies a hidden jewel: the historic Sunset Center. What began as a public school in 1926 has been transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts center with an intimate 718 seats, stunning gothic architecture and incredible acoustics. Under the mantle of Sunset Presents, we bring a wide range of truly world-class performances and live events including global music, comedy, rock shows, theatre and dance. We pride ourselves on programming a lineup with diversity, sophistication and star-power.

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  • We made a return visit to Sunset Cultural Center. This is a good place in Carmel to se a show or concert. This is also an art center there.  more »
  • We have attended a lot of Concerts here, it is a Great Venue with Great Acoustics, can't wait for more to go to.  more »
  • If you like music, particularly classical/Baroque music, this is a must. Although it does focus mainly on Bach, it does cover other aspects of the musical repertoire (such as Haydn's "The Creation...  more »
  • Nice venue. Great for concerts too! Decent size free parking. There is also plenty of street parking as well. Which can be kinda tricky in a residential area.
  • Classic, structure, one of a kind! Well restored. Exceptional venue. GREAT for concerts. Don't miss it.
  • cute and fun experience. The play I saw was well acted and fun. Very intimate atmosphere.
  • Best little theater near the Monterey Peninsula! Don't let the size fool you: the acoustics are up to symphony orchestra performance specs. My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful performance there, and were guided to our seats by friendly ushers. The whole place breaths the famous Carmel easygoing feel. It's a compact place but it has plenty of room for a wide range of wonderful artistic experiences. Great place!
  • Unfortunately, we could not find a security guard in order to help one of their own workers who was being harrassed by a patron who was calling her horrible names. I was going to forcibly remove this man, but there was one more song and she asked me not too. Other than this incident, it was a wonderful experience. The Purple Xperience entertained and the standing room only dance floor was a fantastic new edition!

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