Padua Hills lives on....

Despite brush fires, two earthquakes and numerous other calamities including heavy flooding during the 1969 floods, Padua Hill Theatre and Dinning still survives the decades.

The Padua Hills Theatre is located in the hills of Claremont, California at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and the MT. Baldy Resort. It is in a very natural setting with a very tranquil feel with the surrounding natural beauty.

Wedding receptions are still there specialty. For the last sixteen years, Chanterelles Fine Catering at the Paducah Hills Theatre has worked with brides and grooms in developing unbelievable wedding receptions. From a simple low-key reception to a grand sit-down meal service with many courses and a red carpet entrance, they can create just the right mood for your special day. There events are fully organized by one of several wedding coordinators who will be with you from the day you book with the Complex all the way through the end of your event.

The Padua Hills Theatre and Banquet Center offers a beautifully designed courtyard and garden setting to host your wedding ceremony. As your guests walk up the large brick walkway through the pillars, which I have done several times for several weddings and just to eat, you can take in the beauty of the courtyard and garden area which is all set among hundreds of olive trees. At one time when the olives were ripe you were allowed to pick about a pound for your own use. I don't know if they still allow this practice or not

With over 400 different plants and trees, there is color abound everywhere you look. We have several areas on site where you may have your ceremony. There small gazebo area which seats up to 100 guests boasts a Mountain View background is great for dinner parties or business luncheons, while our large gazebo is set up high where up to 300 guests can dine, sip drinks and take in the beauty of the surrounding hills. For those who do not desire a gazebo setting, they offer a unique area on the south side of our facility called the "Grove." This area is set among the olive trees on a slight hillside. It is as close as you can come to being back to nature. I love this area, but I understand that several trees were burned during the brush fires of 2002. Back in the 60's and 70's either I and My girlfriend or my family would spend several hours at Padua Hills just enjoying the balmy nights, sipping on wine coolers or draft beer and realize what a wonderful place we had in the inland empire.

It is still nestled up against the hills north of Claremont for all to enjoy. And the food is pretty darn good too.

Gary Hall the ghostpainter


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