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Theater Operations

The Theater Operations Office 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. The Theater Operations 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. We help to bring a large variety of arts, discussions, and events to the Santa Monica and Malibu communities.


The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District has six spaces dedicated to performances. They have fixed seating and are available for rental. For more information on our specific theaters, please go to our Theaters page.


School facilities are available for rental when they are not being used for school programs and activities. The Facility Permits Office coordinates all outside use of school facilities including filming on school property, large special events, meetings, after school programs, and the use of auditoriums and other theatrical spaces. For information on the rental process, see our Facilities Permits page.


Barnum Hall hosts a wide range of professional and community events. Every year, the theater supports over one hundred days of school performances, meetings, assemblies and rehearsals. When not in use by the school, we rent out the hall to commercial and non-profit organizations. We currently support forty days a year of book signings, lectures, film screenings, and performances of symphonies, popular music, dance, and opera.

For more information about events in Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall and Greek Amphitheatre, visit the Barnum Hall Site.


The Theater Operations office supports the use of district facilities by the entertainment industry for filming, premieres and special events. For more information on filming in our District, please visit our Filming Site.


Students interested in working in the entertainment industry gain practical work experience through our partnership with the Regional Occupation Program.
Technical Theater and Film Production students work with the professional companies using our facilities. Three Tier Event Services, an award-winning
student-run business, provides concessions, parking and ushering at non-school events on the Santa Monica High School campus.


For Facilities Rental information, please contact:
Jerry Gibson
Director of Theater Operations

Tel: 310.395.3204 x71586
Fax: 310.255.7992

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