Padua Hills Theater
Constructed in 1930, the Padua Hills Theater is situated on a 2,000 acres in Claremont, California. It was constructed in the Spanish Revival style, although it was supposed to be a barn-like vernacular structure.
The theater was originally part of a large artist community, the Padua Hills Institute, and housed the Claremont Community Players, a local theater group. In 1933, the Players left the Padua Hill Theater as a result of growing effects of the Great Depression and a decline in paying memberships.
For two years, the theater sat unused. However, by the mid-1930s, the theater was operational again, this time showcasing the Mexican Padua Players. The Mexican Padua Players exposed Non-Mexican audiences to Mexican culture and history through traditional song and dance. Performances were intended to increase the mutual understanding of cultures between the United States and Mexico. The Mexican Players performed at the Padua Hills Theater until the mid-1970s.
Today, the theater is used as a wedding and special events venue.
General Contractor: KMA Construction
Restoration Contractor: Spectra Company