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California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Escondido

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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center's campus includes a 1,523-seat Concert Hall, a 404-seat Center Theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Day of the Dead, 4th of July and WOW First Wednesdays performances.

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  • Avoid this place!!!! Homeless and drug addicts living in cars and loitering in the parking lot and surrounding areas. Old buildings with a musty smell. The smell and sight of Human waste, litter and.....  more
    Avoid this place!!!! Homeless and drug addicts living in cars and loitering in the parking lot and surrounding areas. Old buildings with a musty smell. The smell and sight of Human waste, litter and.....  more »
  • Wow! The current exhibit by artists inspired by Frido Kahlo is great fun and educational. In Covid-19 this museum is limiting the number of visitors and taking temperature checks upon arrival. There....  more
    Wow! The current exhibit by artists inspired by Frido Kahlo is great fun and educational. In Covid-19 this museum is limiting the number of visitors and taking temperature checks upon arrival. There....  more »
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  • This is a beautiful performance venue, with incredible views - not a bad seat in the house. Styled after an olde theatre design, the stalls on the floor are adorned with several levels of balconies stacked above, with the balcony seats not far from the stage. The ushers are some of the most polite and helpful I have experienced at any venue. They will direct you in the proper direction without being too pushy. Just simply kind should. The sound system is loud, but was not overbearing. Good for matching the cheers, but not too loud to prevent communication with those next to you. Parking was a bit awkward, at least to me, as I was not familiar with the area. An amazing venue.
  • Accessibility: there are many accessible/handicap parking spots in the parking lot as well as multiple ramps to get onto the sidewalk that leads to the museum, theaters, ticket office and conference area. When heading toward these buildings from the parking lot the pathway is lit with string lights and street lights in the parking lot. You might come to an option that says the left hallway is for the museum and right hallway for the theaters, ticket office, conference center...only the right side has a ramp so you might need to take that and go a little further until the sidewalk wraps around to the museum side. It's not much farther. If you come from the other side of all these buildings because you parked somewhere else, it is more flat ground and ramps. The museum has a pull door and inside it is very well lit with tons of open space. There are restrooms open in the museum and they have one larger stall for those who need it. Experience: I really loved this museum. It's beautiful inside, very spacious, not too hot or cold, and the tickets are not too expensive compared to some museums. The staff are super friendly and helpful, and the art is very well taken care of. I will definitely come back. Outside the museum there is Grape Day Park which is absolutely beautiful, free, and has many benches and trees with shade.

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