Performance Venues

  • 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.

    Performance Venues - Fixed Seating Theatres

    Barnum Hall - 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
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    Memorial Greek Amphitheatre - Santa Monica High School
    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.

    Theatre - 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

    Amphitheatre - Malibu High School
    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 performance.

    Auditorium - Lincoln Middle School
    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

    Coming Soon: JAMS Performing Arts Complex
    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

    Humanities Center - Santa Monica High School
    Adaptable black box theater.
    Seating: Up to 160
    Equipment & Ability: Medium

    Dance Studio - Santa Monica High School
    Rehearsal space with large dance floor and small stage.
    Capacity: Up to 150

    Elementary School Auditoriums
    Dedicated auditorium with small stage:
    Grant, McKinley & Roosevelt
    Seating: Up to 200
    Equipment & Ability: Minimal

    Elementary School Cafetoriums
    Cafeteria with small stage:
    Edison, Muir, Franklin, Malibu Elementary, Rogers, Washington West & Webster
    Seating: Up to 200
    Equipment & Ability: Minimal