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Theater Operations

The Facility Use Department coordinates and manages performances, filming and large special events by outside groups on District campuses. Our staff manages and maintains the use of the District's exquisite theatrical spaces for student productions, including Santa Monica High School's Barnum Hall and Memorial Greek Amphitheatre. Our office is self-supporting and generates revenue to maintain and enhance District facilities, including all performing arts spaces. All District theater spaces are available for rent by commercial and nonprofit organizations. Our office manages and supports these performances and special events, bringing a large variety of arts, discussions, and events to the Santa Monica and Malibu communities.

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Performance Venues - Fixed Seating Theatres

Barnum Hall
Samohi Memorial Greek Theater

Barnum Hall - Santa Monica High School

Memorial Greek Amphitheatre - Santa Monica High School

Built in 1937 by the Works Project Administration, Barnum Hall is designed in the Art Deco Streamline Moderne style. This state-of-the art medium-sized auditorium has been fully restored and renovated.
Special Features: 9-foot Fazioli Grand Piano & Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ
Seating: 1248: 749 orchestra seats & 499 mezzanine/balcony seats
Seating Chart: Barnum Hall Seating Chart
Technical Equipment & Ability: Full
More information: www.barnumhall.com

Built in 1922 as the Open Air Memorial Theatre, this Greek style classic, half-round open air amphitheatre is located four blocks from the ocean and is a great venue for concerts, pep rallies and graduations.
Special Features: 140' x 70' stage overlooking a grass orchestra section with pond accommodates everything from movie screenings to marching bands.
Seating: 3,400 on concrete risers
Technical Equipment & Ability: None, all items must be brought in for performance.

Maliby High School Theater Malibu High School Amphitheatre

Theatre - Malibu High School

Amphitheatre - Malibu High School

This intimate theatre was built in the 1960s and renovated in the 1990s. It is a wonderful venue for theater performances and music concerts.
Seating: 350
Technical Equipment & Ability: Medium

A contemporary, open air amphitheatre on the Malibu High School campus.
Seating: 700 on concrete risers
Technical Equipment & Ability: None, all items must be brought in for

Lincoln Middle School Auditorium JAMS Performing Arts Center

Auditorium - Lincoln Middle School

Coming Soon: JAMS Performing Arts Complex

Modern theater provides a large stage and an intimate setting for plays, dance, music, and speakers.
Seating: 550 on one level
Seating Chart: Lincoln MS Auditorium Seating Chart
Technical Equipment & Ability: Medium

New John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Complex is in the design phase and will be built in partnership with Santa Monica College with plans for joint and community use.

Non-fixed Seating Performance Venues

Samohi Humanities Center Theatre
Santa Monica High School Dance Studio
SMMUSD Elementary School Auditoriums for Rent
SMMUSD Elementary School Cafetoriums for Rent

Humanities Center

Dance Studio

Elementary School Auditoriums

Elementary School Cafetoriums

Santa Monica High School
Adaptable black box theater.
Seating: Up to 160
Equipment & Ability: Medium
Santa Monica High School
Rehearsal space with large dance floor and small stage.
Capacity: Up to 150
Dedicated auditorium with small stage: Grant, McKinley & Roosevelt
Seating: Up to 200
Equipment & Ability: Minimal

Cafeteria with small stage: Cabrillo, Edison, Muir, Franklin, Rogers, Point Dume, Washington West & Webster
Seating: Up to 200
Equipment & Ability: Minimal

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404