Musical Theatre West @ Carpenter Performing Arts Center
The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center opened in 1994, and proudly serves as home to South Coast Chorale, Long Beach Opera and the Long Beach Community Concert Association as well as Musical Theatre West. Designed by local architect Donald Gibbs, the center features more than 1,000 seats in its comfortable and state-of -art performance hall. The extremely large performance area - 70 feet deep by more than 100 feet from wing to wing - was modeled after Lincoln Center's New York State Theater of Arts. Last season, the Carpenter Center became the permanent home for a display of memorabilia from the pop music career of the Carpenters.