library theater

Huntington Beach Playhouse
at Central Library Theater 
7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, California



Huntington Beach, CA - The nonprofit Huntington Beach Playhouse has provided entertainment, theater arts training and scholarships to local theater students for over 35 years. Plays are performed in Central Library Theater, a modern 319-seat facility featuring air conditioning, assisted listening devices, wheelchair accessibility and free parking.

In 1962-63, a Huntington Beach Citizen's Advisory Committee was organized to assist the Mayor with the multitude of problems arising from the population growth of Huntington Beach, which was then known as the "fastest growing city in Orange County". A cultural committee was organized. Two of the initial members were Helen Susman and Bobby Murphy. Little Theater was discussed vaguely until Helen Susman extended an open invitation on February 28, 1963  in her home, to all persons interested in forming a community theater group. Nine people showed up and the Huntington Beach Playhouse received its name, its officers, its projects, and its future. The Huntington Beach Playhouse was  born with the first General Membership Meeting held on March 11, 1963 at which time the group grew to 24 members.


Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach, California - Huntington Central Park is a 356-acre park located in the heart of Huntington Beach. Established in 1968, the citizens of Huntington Beach approved a $6 million park bond which helped finance Central Park. Extending across Golden West Street between Slater Avenue and Ellis Street it includes Central Park West and Central Park East. An architectural centerpiece, Central Library and Cultural Center, was designed by the famed father-son Neutra team. Many attractions at Central Park include Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, H.B. Dog Park, H.B. Disc Golf Course, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Alice's Breakfast in the Park, Park Bench Cafe, Lake Huntington, Central Park Amphitheater, Adventure Playground, Par Course, Shipley Nature Center, playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQ grills and special events throughout the year. Each year Central Park hosts Civil War Re-enactment, Concours d'Elegance, Shakespeare in the Park, athletic events, contests, BB Jazz Concert, and Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Concerts.

Central Park West features Lake Huntington, Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course, Alice's Breakfast in the Park, H.B. Dog Park, Shipley Nature Center (open on the third Sunday of each month), covered picnic shelter rental, barbecue grills, playgrounds, dirt and cement trails for walking, bicycling and jogging, nature and bird watching and more. Central Park West parking lots  located on Golden West Street, Inlet Drive and Central Park Drive provide free parking.

Central Park East includes Central Library and Cultural Center, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Adventure Playground, HB Sports Complex, a new addition to the park with baseball and soccer fields, Park Bench Cafe, walking and jogging trails, exercise par course, picnic tables and grills, an  amphitheater set in a shady eucalyptus grove and a bandstand. Free and paid public parking is available in lots located on Golden West and Gothard Streets and Slater and Talbert Avenues.

Meeting Facilities and Rental Facilities for birthdays, anniversaries, company picnics and corporate team building include Central Library and Cultural Center, Central Park Amphitheater, Sports Center, Central Park Equestrian Center and a covered outdoor facility in Central Park West which seats 200 people, provides barbecue grills, electricity and sinks. For rental, call 714-536-5281.So numerous and interesting are the activities within the park that these pages were created and photos taken to show you all the great things one can see when visiting Central Park.