Then/Now: Performing Arts in Long Beach

Published March 18, 2021
Interior of the Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach from 1932. A grand piano is seen on stage for a formal concert.

Attending a performance in Long Beach has changed over the years, from watching a pianist in tux and tails at the Municipal Auditorium in 1932 (pictured), to enjoying your favorite artists through a livestream concert, from their home to yours.

No matter the musical styles, the venue, or the challenges of the times, one thing hasn't changed: We continue to seek out the performing arts for experiences that uplift, thrill, and connect us.

Thanks to the Historical Society of Long Beach for their photo from the Municipal Auditorium. Join the Historical Society’s Pandemic Project to add YOUR perspective of life under COVID to their archives for future generations to discover. Visit to learn more.