1,018 Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB Tips
- Casual 8
- Dressy 4
- Park in lot 5
- Parking is cheap 4
- Parking is a breeze 2
- Dine before you go 5
- Pack a picnic 1
- Food and drinks for purchase 1
You can park right in front of the main entrance for about $9. Well worth it!
Plenty of parking in the lot. It's $9 cash only though, so be prepared!
We ate at Lola’s Mexican restaurant on 4th St. prior to the show. It was s 15 min. drive from the venue.
David Benoit’s A Charlie Brown Christmas
$9 parking in the CSULB Carpenter Center lot or, if you're lucky, a free street spot on Atherton adjacent the theater. Reasonable bar (beer and wine) prices, though selection is limited.
A few cussing words in there. "bitchy, damn it, ass." Didn't like that for my 5 and 4 year old. Also, a scene where the father tells his elf son that he never asked for him to be born and to "get out of his life." Too dramatic for small children. Needed to have less scary words. This affected my kids.
If you have trouble with climbing many stairs buy tickets elsewhere and get much lower row. The seating area we had had many stairs and Mom had a great deal of problems getting up them. This venue also only has right and left entrances to the rows of seats. The rows are very long so depending on where you sit you could have a lot of people going past you back and forth, especially if you get seated to early.
Had a fun unusual eating experience aT Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Eat that!
8 of us went to fabulous"White Christmas"; ate at Hof's Hut on Bellflower Blvd., nearby. We wore Christmas outfits; a coat on a cool eve.
Very long first Act...go to bathroom before start of show. You also can preorder any intermission refreshments before start of show. Good idea as it gets very busy. Bathroom has lines but attendant makes it go quickly?
The weather was cool. I wore long pants and a sweater. It was perfect. Be comfortable but not tacky..
Others had written that parking was difficult. Maybe when there's a full house, but that parking lot is HUGE. This show was only about 1/2 full, so parking was very easy. Know that there are only two aisles, and that it's a long walk to the aisle from the middle seats as the rows are span the width of the stage. And if you're not in the middle, you get up A LOT for others.
Long Beach Fish Grill
Parking is in a huge lot and costs $7.00. There is no problem getting in, but getting out is a nightmare. Its the worst parking experience of any venue I go to in LA/Orange County.
The weather was inside, a little cool. I wore DO dress up a little; it's a performing arts center. I wore a dress/nice wrap/evening bag, hubby wore slacks/sports jacket. That was pretty much the dress code..
Michael Griffiths’ Cole