Something exciting has been developing on the east end of Pasadena at the terminus of the Gold Line (Sierra Madre Villa). According to the Pasadena Star News, a renowned theater company called, A Noise Within, which is “the only classical repertory company in Southern California,” chose Pasadena to become its new permanent home and is ready to break ground next month in April on a 35,000 square foot (350 seat) theater costing $13 million. The development site is adjacent to the historic Stuart Pharmaceutical building and is part of the transit-oriented development (TOD), The Stuart, which is an 188-unit apartment rental building.
I am particularly excited about this entire development (not only because Pasadena will gain such a respectable theater company), but because the theater will add a substantial presence to the Sierra Madre Villa station, giving transit users access to another wonderful place to visit. When the Gold Line Foothill Extension is completed, many people who live east of Pasadena (Arcadia, Monrovia, etc.) will also have transit access to this theater.
Now if only the rest of the Hastings Ranch shopping district could become more pedestrian oriented.
Renderings of new theater courtesy of John Berry Architects: