Sam Scripps Theater

Sam Scripps Theater

The Sam Scripps Theater at the Center is among the best equipped stages in the region. You should find that most of your needs are met the moment you walk in the door, as opposed to a "road house" or "only-the-four-walls" venue where you need to bring, or at least set up, all your lighting, sound, and soft goods.

The Sam Scripps Theater is a versatile room measuring 58 feet wide and 47 feet deep. The shape of your playing area is adjustable, but a typical thrust configuration is 32 feet wide and 26 feet deep. Using our orchestra pit reduces the depth to 21 feet. Our half-stage configuration is about 32 feet wide and 16 feet deep. The carpeted house seats 165 in comfortable vintage cinema seats. Seven rows of seats in a gentle 45 degree arc curve around a flexible orchestra pit and rise from stage level up to 8' high. The seventh and last row is only 25' from the plaster line. Four unobtrusive camera positions are located behind the last row to the left, left center, right center, and right. A local choreographer describes it as "A warm hug." Everything is set up for fast turn-arounds, which means the basic curtains, lights, and sound cannot be changed without special arrangement, but should already suit your needs. If your needs depart from our basic repertory arrangement you can add whatever you need from our own inventory or with outside equipment.