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San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Mission Playhouse

 
 
The Mission Playhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
1. The Mission Playhouse Marker
Inscription. The Mission Playhouse, now the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, was built by John Steven McGroaty to present his epic Mission Play. The play told the story of the California Missions and the lives of the people around them. Beginning in 1912, it drew people from all over the world to San Gabriel. The Playhouse was planned and completed for the 1927 season, with stage and dressing rooms large enough to accommodate the cast of 150 for the 4 1/2 hour production. The exterior is patterned after the Mission San Antonio De Padua and the interior decor is a blend of Spanish, Indian and Mexican influences. In the courtyard on the north side are replicas of all 21 Missions.

The Playhouse was acquired by the City of San Gabriel in 1945, fulfilling McGroaty's wish that it belong forever to the people. He went on to become a two term Congressman, and was Poet Laureate of California from 1933 until his death in 1944.
 
Erected 2006 by Romana Parlor #109, Native Sons of the Golden West, Rosemarie Lippman, President J. Michael Anthony N.S.G.W., Grand President.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 5.882′ N, 118° 6.506′ W. Marker is in San Gabriel, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from South
The Mission Playhouse image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
2. The Mission Playhouse
The marker is visible mounted on the right side of the entrance.
Mission Drive near South Santa Anita Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The entrance to the grounds is at the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel CA 91776, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Gabriel Veterans War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Early California (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bovard - Wilson - Hayes House and Jail (about 500 feet away); 1776 Overland Immigration Expedition (about 700 feet away); Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door (about 700 feet away); Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza (about 700 feet away); Joseph Chapman’s Millrace (about 700 feet away); San Gabriel Mission (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Gabriel.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
 
The Mission Playhouse image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
3. The Mission Playhouse
The marker is at the far right pillar.
The Mission Playhouse image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
4. The Mission Playhouse
Entrance Doors image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
5. Entrance Doors
The Mission Playhouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
6. The Mission Playhouse Grounds
Constitution Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
7. Constitution Fountain Marker
Dedicated to the American people upon the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787.
"...Liberty to ourselves and our posterity....."
September 17, 1987
City of San Gabriel
The Mission Playhouse image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 12, 2013
8. The Mission Playhouse
View from the Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
9. View from the Entrance
Plaque Tiles Mounted in the Sidewalk image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
10. Plaque Tiles Mounted in the Sidewalk
 
 
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