This Guide lists the local Theaters and play houses where you can see a show in Fullerton, as well as where you can enjoy some comedy. We have some great stage shows in town and they go year-round! Support local thespians, comedians, art & culture and check one out! (Our daily post will always include these shows, but we thought we’d bring it to you in a list for your ease in searching)
Cal State Fullerton‘s Department of Theatre & Dance also produces stage shows, plays and musicals throughout the year. The university campus has 5 spaces for shows: the Recital Hall, Little Theatre, Hallberg Theatre, the James D. Young Studio Theatre, and Meng Concert Hall. This link will take you to the department’s events listing page. From there you can find information on upcoming shows, tickets and more. (The best way to get to parking for the Theater at CSUF is via State College Blvd. )
Fox Theatre Fullerton is the historic theater (built in 1925 and closed in 1987) currently undergoing renovation at 500 N. Harbor Blvd. (at Chapman Ave.) In its time it showed vaudeville performances, silent movies. Before the recent construction started there were movies shown on the back of the building to help raise money for the Fox Foundation. Those have been put on hold, but the future of The Fox will bring us independent/classic film, concerts, plays, and special events. The attached retail is planned to be Santa Barbara-style shopping and dining areas friendly to pedestrians.
Fullerton Civic Light Opera (FCLO) is located at 218 W. Commonwealth Ave. between Malden and Highland. The FCLO sadly closed operation, however they offer costume & scenery rentals.
Fullerton College has 3 theater spaces: the Campus Theater, the Recital Hall and the Wilshire Auditorium. Each will show different stage productions throughout the year, and you can even rent the spaces for functions. This link will take you to the Theatre Arts Department, where you’ll find information on their season, tickets and more.
Maverick Theater is snuggled right behind the train station (110 E. Walnut Ave. at Harbor). Another intimate setting with month-long shows, this theater also has regular $5 late night entertainment with Improv Shmimprov (Friday & Saturday nights at 11pm).
Max Bloom’s Cafe Noir is a spot in downtown (220 N. Malden Ave.) that doesn’t serve alcohol but does serve up amateur comedy on Friday nights for free (7-10pm). This coffee shop invites the 18+ crowd to try their stuff on stage, or just enjoy some laughs with a great .89cent cup of coffee.
Plummer Auditorium is located at 201 E. Chapman Ave. (at Lemon). This building was constructed in 1930 and holds shows from various local production companies within its 1,300-capacity Spanish Colonial Revival walls. You can enjoy musicals, theatre, and regularly hear the Wurlitzer Organ. (The easiest way to get show information is to drive by the marquee in the front corner lawn to see what show is coming up.) It’s here you’ll also find productions from 3-D Theatricals.
Roscoe’s Famous Deli may be a bar that serves giant-stacked deli-sandwiches in downtown (116 W. Commonwealth Ave.), but they are also the location for the free 21+ comedy show hosted by George Perez on Wednesday nights (9pm-12am). This show isn’t open-mic for amateurs, this show schedules local comedians from all over LA and OC.
STAGEStheatre (400 E. Commonwealth Ave.) is in a retail/industrial space not far from downtown and shows productions of classics, originals and reworks of traditional pieces in an intimate setting, year-round. They also hold auditions regularly for locals to have a chance at strutting their stage-stuff (check their website for more info). Find information from the Spectacles Improv Engine for comedy.
Secret City Comics Society is also located in downtown (141 W. Wilshire Ave., Suite A). This improv comedy show is made up of comedians performing scenes based on suggestions from the audience, 2 nights a week: Fridays 8pm & Saturdays 6:30pm, 8:30pm. What’s special about this improv show? The Secret City touts their work safe for the entire family to attend, “All shows are CLEAN.”
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