Redlands Guide

Performing Arts

The Redlands Bowl
909 793-7316

The Redlands Bowl hosts one of the largest free outdoor summer concert series in the United States. It takes place each summer from late June through August on Tuesday and Friday nights. Eighteen to 20 diverse programs are featured including ballet, ethnic dancing, operas, musicals, recitals, and choral ensembles.

California Theatre of the Performing Arts
562 W. 4th Street, San Bernardino View map
909 386-7361

The San Bernardino Civic Light Opera and the Inland Empire Symphony perform concerts in this theater. Call for current performances, costs, and location.

Fine Arts Institute
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane View map
909 798-8570
909 795-2733

The Fine Arts Institute is comprised of professionals and amateurs concerned about educating people in the fine arts. They host workshops and demonstrations on a variety of fine arts endeavors, all open to the public. Artwork for the Institute is displayed at the San Bernardino County Museum. Call for current schedule of activities.

Glenn Wallichs Theatre
University of Redlands
University Avenue and Sylvan View map
909 335-4008

The Glenn Wallichs Festival Theatre presents some good theater—usually involving student talent, but including occasional guest artists and other local talent. The 358-seat theater is inactive during the summer months.

LifeHouse Theater
1135 N. Church Street View map
909 335-3037

This family-oriented theater is now in their new location near the University of Redlands. Seating capacity is 255. The new theater has kept the basic tone of the original building, the former Christian Reformed Church, a handsome edifice designed by Matthew Schutt and built in 1950. The inside of the structure has been totally renovated to include the theater space and a lighting booth along with rehearsal, storage, construction, and dressing rooms, plus a lobby, ticket booth, and concession stand.

Redlands Art Association
215 E. State Street View map
909 792-8435

Created in 1964 to promote and encourage the "visual arts." They hold annual sales of artwork in Smiley Park; maintain a small gallery and shop; and sponsor workshops, demonstrations, and other art exhibits for the general public. Local artists and patrons of the arts are encouraged to join the association.

Junior University
P.O. Box 6471, San Bernardino View map
909 889-0833

The university produces one program per season, an original adaptation of a fairy tale. This is a training ground for children and young adults, ages 11 through early 20s, who learn the ins and outs of theater work both behind and on the stage. The full-blown affair includes a 30-piece orchestra.

The programs are held nightly for a two-week period during the last two weeks of July in the Roosevelt Bowl in San Bernardino. The 2,500-seat bowl, also known as the Perris Hill Bowl, is located at Highland and Harrison Avenues in San Bernardino.

Redlands Footlighters Theater
1810 Barton Road View map
909 793-2909

This all-volunteer cast performs five shows a year, all for a good cause: the ticket proceeds go to the Redlands Zontas Club to support its community work with a variety of local children's projects. Call for current performances and costs.

Redlands Symphony Orchestra
University of Redlands Memorial Chapel
1200 E. Colton Avenue View map
909 793-2121, ext. 2070

Classic compositions are the hallmark of the Symphony Orchestra, which performs in the massive Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. A number of well-known guest soloists are presented each season and have included John Browning, Todor Pelev, and Christie Berry.

Redlands Theater Festival
Prospect Park
P.O. Box 1163 View map
909 335-0924

Open-air theater is quite popular in Redlands, and the Redlands Theater Festival (July and August only) offers one of the best locations imaginable—the Avice Meeker Sewall Theater. This outdoor amphitheater (with seating for 407) is located in the middle of Prospect Park in a sea of citrus trees. Call for ticket information.

San Bernardino Art Association and Sturges Gallery
780 N. E Street, San Bernardino View map
909 885-2816

The San Bernardino Art Association has shows of pottery, oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, and other media at the gallery run by the Art Association.

San Bernardino Valley Community Concert Association
P.O. Box 377, San Bernardino View map
909 885-7969

A number of renowned performers have been among the headliners at the four-per-season concerts held at the California Theatre of Performing Arts. Call for ticket information.

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