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100 E. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Central Phoenix | 602-254-2151
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    7:30 p.m. every Fri. until December 26
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Phoenix Theatre, founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, is the oldest arts institution in the State of Arizona and one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country. As an integral part of Arizona’s cultural landscape, providing entertainment and education opportunities to millions of residents, Phoenix Theatre is the only professional theatre in the Valley that provides programming that spans all generations.

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