From the Guidebook:
Founded in 1917 by Gilmor
Brown, the Pasadena Playhouse was designed by architect
Elmer Grey and the cornerstone laid May 31, 1924. In 1928
the College of Theatre Arts was incorporated with the
Pasadena Playhouse Association as a non-profit institution.
In 1937, the Playhouse received the honorary title 'State
Theatre of California' from the California Legislature.