A Town Full of Art and Culture

Wherever you turn, San Pedro is a community with art and culture. Our Downtown area is the main arts district with galleries and studios.

We are fortunate to have the San Pedro Art Association, established in 1936 and more vital than ever. The association has galleries at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles and presents shows and events at other locations throughout the community.

SPAA's members are some of the area's finest artists and you can be confident when you purchase their art or take their classes that you are working with outstanding individuals who care about their community, their art, and your enjoyment.

On the first Thursday of every month the Arts District opens its doors for exhibitions, entertainment and refreshments. Beginning around 6 p.m., the galleries and studios are open, shops and restaurants have special offers, and there’s entertainment all around. www.1stThursday.com

Marymount California University offers an extensive program of cultural arts at both its Waterfront Campus (and throughout San Pedro) and on its Oceanview Campus.

Marymount California University
30800 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rancho Palos Verdes, Peninsula
Marilyn and Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts, 430 W. 6th St., Downtown
310-303-7223, www.MarymountCalifornia.edu

Warner Grand Theatre is the centerpiece of Downtown and San Pedro arts and culture. This Art Deco era movie theater was opened in 1931 by Jack Warner who called it "the palace of your dreams." The Warner Grand hosts a wide range of arts and cultural events from films to speeches, stage plays to music. www.WarnerGrand.org

The world of art has a home at the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles, 501 W. 7th St. From visual art exhibitions to live performances by artists from around the world, the center is a main venue for the arts in San Pedro.

Parkhurst Gallery not only presents the work of some of the world's most famous painters for sale, but also offers its Painting With the Masters classes. These classes truly bring out the talent of anyone who is interested in painting.

Community Art Machine is bringing innovative programs to San Pedro to help young people get and stay on the right path through the arts--and hard work. Offering an innovative performance space, supplies, and much more.

Grand Vision Foundation offers art and live entertainment to Downtown San Pedro. Its Grand Annex on 6th Street is a site for live entertainment.

If you like music, you'll love the Golden State Pops Orchestra. Performing in the historic Art Deco era Warner Grand Theatre, the orchestra presents a series of concerts that inspire and entertain with world-class musicians performing.

Arts and entertainment aren't limited to Downtown. You'll find lots throughout San Pedro and the Peninsula area.

Alva's Showroom, located in the quaint Weymouth Corner neighborhood of San Pedro is the area's spot for the best musical acts. Alva's presents world class entertainers in an intimate setting. Jazz, rock, blues, tributes, and every other musical genre have a great venue at Alva's. www.AlvasShowRoom.com

On a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Angels Gate Cultural Center is a community of artists that showcases their works in their studios and in galleries. The center is also a place busy with art education and events.

And up the hill is the Palos Verdes Art Center which offers a variety of exhibitions and classes.

The Norris Center hosts a wide range of stage productions, musical shows, and a variety of classes.

San Pedro boasts not just one film festival, but two. The Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival brings new works, documentaries, and classic films to Downtown San Pedro every spring. And the San Pedro International Film Festival focuses on new and emerging works every fall. And if you're in town on the right day (which is many), you're likely to see film and television production in action, particularly in Downtown. San Pedro is a popular location for Hollywood production.

One of the nation's premier film festivals is held just across the channel on Catalina Island. The Catalina Film Festival is a star-studded event that always attracts an interesting audience with more than 100 films screened in an important competition.

The Port of Los Angeles has turned the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro into a beautiful place--at a significant investment. All along the Promenade that traverses the Main Channel you'll see great pieces of public art that reflect the cultures of Los Angeles and the world. Many are educational pieces about the history of the harbor. Crowning the Promenade is the Fanfare Fountain at the World Cruise Center that presents choreographed light, sound, and water shows. At the other end of the Channel is the SP Slip, home to the Ghost Fish sculpture, along with interpretive signage about life on the docks.

Be sure to check the Calendar of Events for performances and activities.

And for information about any of the venues and producers, drop by the San Pedro Visitor Center, 225 W. 6th Street, Downtown or contact us at 310-729-9828 or arts@spcvb.com

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