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CalRep Leaves Edison, Returns to Campus

Following a structural analysis, officials at CSULB have determined to immediately vacate the Edison Theatre, located in downtown Long Beach. The decision was made after the analysis raised questions about the building’s potential as a hazard in an earthquake.

The Edison Theatre, which has served as the producing home of CSULB’s California Repertory Company since 1998, is located at 213 E. Broadway. It has been considered an important live performance anchor for the redevelopment of the Pine Avenue and Promenade corridor in Long Beach.

The highly acclaimed California Repertory Company will temporarily return to its original home, the CSULB campus, where performances will be offered in the Studio Theatre, located within the Theatre Arts Department building on the southwest corner of the campus. The Edison Theatre had been leased by the university from the city of Long Beach, and the structural inspection was conducted preliminary to extending that lease.

“Cal State Long Beach has many wonderful partnerships with the city, and this has been one of them,” said President F. King Alexander. “We look forward to seeking a new home for the California Repertory Company that will benefit the arts and theatre community in Long Beach,”.

The California Repertory Company performance of “Don Perlimplin and His Love for Belissa in the Garden,” which was scheduled for production in the Edison Theatre beginning Nov. 17, has been postponed and will now open Dec. 1 in the Studio Theatre.

“Don Perlimplin” previewed Nov. 30, and the new opening night is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. The show will run in repertory (two shows performing on alternating dates in the same space) with the University Players production of “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” which opens Friday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. Both shows will close Saturday, Dec. 16.

Current ticket holders are asked to contact the California Repertory Company box office at 562/985-5526 or 562/985-7000 to exchange their tickets, if necessary, in order to attend shows according to the new schedule. All current ticket holders will be accommodated.