|22. Miles Playhouse,
1130, Lincoln Blvd.
Architect: John Byers
Miles Playhouse, 1929
1130 Lincoln Blvd
Tennis Group in front of Miles Playhouse, March 11, 1950
Puppet show, Miles Playhouse, 1955
Del Hagen Studios - SMPL
Shuffleboard at Miles Playhouse
Miles Playhouse - SMPL image
| Fully restored in 1998,
the Miles Memorial Playhouse is one of Santa Monica's most treasured historical
landmarks and perhaps its least-known performing arts venue. Designed by
Santa Monica’s favorite local son, John Byers, this Spanish Colonial
Revival building is constructed with stone tile and stucco sheathing, and
is capped by a tiled front gable roof. The ornate elevated entry is surrounded
by pilasters and cornice. The Miles Memorial Playhouse was gifted to the
city of Santa Monica in the last will and testament of former City Councilman
J. Euclid Miles. (Miles is also credited with founding another landmark
property; the Mayfair Theatre at 214 Santa Monica Blvd. Councilman Miles
left $25,000 to the City to erect a public recreation hall as a memorial
to his daughter, Mary. It was to be dedicated to the young men and woman
of the city).
Set in the heart of Christine Emerson Reed Park, at 1130 Lincoln Boulevard, after the Northridge Earthquake, the city renovated and rededicated the playhouse with jazz, dance, theater and entertainment performances appropriate for Santa Monica's youth and their families.
Among the resident non-profit children’s theater groups that call
the Miles Playhouse home are the Troubadour Theater Company and the Virginia
Avenue Project. Tim Groff is producing director of the Troubadour Theater
Company, notes, “The whole point of the Miles Playhouse is to benefit
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