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Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad CA – The Arts Part 1

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Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad CA

~ The Arts - Part 1 ~

 

There are plenty of reasons to love living in Carlsbad CA, the arts just being one of them. As an art lover and collector (and former art gallery owner), it’s a topic I enjoy talking about and sharing with others who may be like-minded and enjoy the arts.  And I keep learning about new things in Carlsbad, too!

 

Certainly, there is a broad range of art available in Carlsbad, depending on your passion and preference. You’ll find performing arts (theater, live music), visual arts (galleries, arts and craft fairs), film and more.

 

There are multiple opportunities throughout the year to enjoy whatever artistic endeavor pleases you. And of course, you can try new things, too!

 

In Part 1 of this 3-part series on enjoying the arts in Carlsbad we’ll talk about theater and film including outdoor movies.

 

THEATER

When one thinks of the performing arts in Carlsbad the Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center no doubt comes to mind. Located in the heart of the Village at 2787 State Street near the train station, there is plenty of free parking and multiple places to dine before your show.

 

New Village Arts Center in Carlsbad Village

 

New Village Arts, now in the 22nd year, has a fine reputation for offering a wide range of plays and musical performances. Some performances are at the main stage at the Conrad Prebys Theater at NVA.

 

Conrad Prebys Theater in Carlsbad Village

 

The White Family Next Stage (a smaller stage) was recently added and offers a variety of events as well. This Friday September 15th you can see live flamenco dancing and song with the performers of Latido Flamenco.

 

The Ruby Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library at 1775 Dove Lane also offers occasional plays, in addition to musical performances and films. The price is right as events at the Schulman are free, offered through the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office (founded in 1986).

 

FILM

There are several movie theaters in Carlsbad. The Regal Theater offers 12 auditoriums with some reclining seats and stadium seating at the Shoppes at Carlsbad. There’s also a concession stand. You can reserve seats online.

 

The lux Cinepolis is in the La Costa Area with 2 shopping center locations – La Costa Paseo Real and La Costa Town Center. Cinepolis offers an upscale movie experience with reclining seats, waiter service and a full bar. (below is the Paseo Real location).

 

Cinepolis Cinemas in Carlsbad CA

 

The historic Carlsbad Village Theater is in the Village and was built in the 1920s. Sadly, the theater is now vacant and the owners of the building are advertising it for lease as retail and commercial space. Some people are working to SaveCarlsbadTheater. A community event was held on August 18 and there will be more.

 

You’re sure to find movies in town that interest you, and a range of prices.

 

As noted above in the Theater section, the Schulman Auditorium offers interesting films (not mainstream) from time to time. These movies are free and offered through the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.

 

OUTDOOR MOVIES

If you enjoy outdoor movies, check out the Flicks at the Fountain in the Village, held every summer on 5 or so consecutive evenings. These movies are free and suitable for kids (generally rated G). (photo below links to article about the Flicks).

 

Flicks at the Fountain

 

There is a historic film festival held outdoors during the summer at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. 2023 was the 17th year.

 

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad

 

Occasionally you may also find outdoor movies at some of the local hotels during the summer (e.g., Park Hyatt Aviara; Omni La Costa Resort and Spa).

 

The City of Carlsbad recently sponsored a Family Movie Night at Stagecoach Community Park in early September.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series about music offerings in Carlsbad.

 

This is the first of 3 posts submitted for the September 2023 Challenge co-hosted by Dr. Paula McDonald  and  Kathy Streib.

 

If you have any questions about theater, film and outdoor movies, or other things happening in Carlsbad, please let me know.

 

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, Carlsbad does have a variety of areas of art to enjoy.   This is an area some buyers look for when relocating.

Sep 13, 2023 01:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joan Cox 

Thank you! Yes, I have talked with plenty of buyers, especially those who are relocating, about the arts offerings in Carlsbad. It IS a common question from people unfamiliar with the area.

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 01:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff Dowler, CRS I have been following the blogs that would have written about Carlsbad, CA and there is a lot to love about Carlsbad.

Sep 13, 2023 01:59 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I have never been to a Luxury Theater Experience!  This is something I would like to check out.  

Sep 13, 2023 02:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George Souto 

You certainly won't get an argument from me about that. I'd be hard pressed to say what my favorite thing is.

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 03:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

I've never had that experience either but we have friends that enjoy going regularly. In fact I rarely go to the movies, but just watch things at home. 

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 03:22 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The post does a fine job of showcasing the arts offered in Carlsbad. There is a lot to do and something for all.

Sep 13, 2023 04:45 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS these are very valuable reasons to love living in Carlsbad, CA.  In  few occasions I visited Carlsbad a very nice city.

Sep 13, 2023 05:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jeff... through reading your posts all these years I was already aware how much art related things there are to do in Carlsbad. Wouldn't mind living in a town like Carlsbad (just here in the east!).

Sep 13, 2023 05:14 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 

Thank you for stopping by. There's lots more to come with 2 other posts on the arts to follow.

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 05:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you John Pusa.

I've liked living here for the last 18 years! I enjoy discovering new things to see and do in Carlsbad, and sharing them with others. IF you get down here let me know!

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 05:40 PM
John Pusa

Definitely Jeff Dowler, CRS I will let you know when I come to Carlsbad.

Sep 13, 2023 08:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- Thanks to your blogs over the years, when I think of Carlsbad, I first think of its focus on the arts. My favorite posts are about the Art Wall. 

Sep 13, 2023 07:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker 

I'm glad you have enjoyed reading my posts and there has been some good education. That's certainly my intent. I find that people moving to the area have all kinds of questions about the lifestyle.

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 08:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you so much for the kind words Kathy Streib .

I WILL be talking about the Carlsbad Art Wall in the 3rd post in this series.

Jeff

Sep 13, 2023 08:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  love the cultural reasons, but for plain ocean view is worth it alone, Endre

Sep 13, 2023 11:03 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - this is a well-presented post (should I say "artistically"?).  Combine those amenities with its location, it is a nice entree (and entry too) for the feast of reasons why Carlsbad California is the right fit for you.  Your series will likely entice others to join.  That is, if your archived catalog of AR writings and your storied real estate representation hasn't already tempted them.  

Sep 14, 2023 04:33 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never been much into the arts, but I am sure if I lived in Carlsbad, I would get more into them, haha.

Sep 14, 2023 05:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr. 

You're right! For some it's all about being on or by the beach, and having a view, may be desired...but it comes with a price.

Jeff 

Sep 14, 2023 08:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you so much for the compliments Michael Jacobs. I have spent a lot of time getting to know Carlsbad since we moved here in 2005 - the changes have been pretty impressive.

I have had relocating buyers contact me from posts they have read which of course is a big benefit!

Jeff 

Sep 14, 2023 08:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Brian England 

People certainly differ in their tastes of what they enjoy and like doing. There are always opportunities to try new things.

Jeff

Sep 14, 2023 08:20 PM