Bay Theater. That rare breed—the independent art-film house—the Bay has long brought some of the best cinema to North Orange County. It's been so good, such an oasis, that we can forgive them for their months-long engagement of Chocolat not so long ago. Topnotch theater for people who actually care about movies. And every now and then, there's an organ concert. 340 Main St., (562) 431-9988.Seal Beach Playhouse. Founder Cynthia Sperry has taken it upon herself to ensure there's always some culture in town. The playhouse, which used to be a teahouse, features intimate seating—about 40 chairs. And it's not the usual community-theater fare but rather classics and experimental pieces such as Stages—three plays running concurrently—which ran last spring. 814 Electric Ave., (562) 430-1935.