Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Cerritos, California, USA

This extraordinary multiform theatre is one of the most sophisticated venues in the United States. Through the use of hydraulic lifts and air casters, the architecture of the room can change into five possible configurations to suit any type of performance or event. The venue has been listed by Amusement Business Magazine as one of the Top 10 Venues ­– 5,000 Seats or Less in the US from 1993-2001, and was honored with an AIA Design Award in 1993, as well as a USITT Design Honor Award in 1994. The configurations include drama theatre, concert hall, flat floor banquet hall, multipurpose theatre, and arena.

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Wolfgang Simon, courtesy of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Wolfgang Simon, courtesy of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Wolfgang Simon, courtesy of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Owner

City of Cerritos

Architect

Barton Myers Associates

Acoustician

Kirkegaard Associates

Users

Touring performances

Seat count

1820

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Concert hall, Multiform theatre, Multipurpose theatre

Services

Initial market and feasibility study, programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

1993

Venue website

cerritoscenter.com

Credit: Wolfgang Simon, courtesy of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Wolfgang Simon, courtesy of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

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