Beckman Auditorium is operated by Campus Programs and Community Relations as a campus and community service. A broad spectrum of performing arts, lectures, films, classes and entertainment events are offered throughout the academic year. All events presented in Beckman Auditorium are directly sponsored by Caltech.
Donated to Caltech byDr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman
ArchitectEdward Durrell Stone
LocationMichigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena
DedicatedFebruary, 1964
Building ShapeCircular with conical shaped roof
Seating Capacity 1136 (836 main floor, 300 balcony)
Dimensions60 feet high, 120 feet in diameter
Color Scheme (Interior)Red, white, and gold
Stage24 feet maximum depth by 43 feet wide
Stage Floor Height16 inches
Main Curtain37 feet high (Does not close)
LightingSpotlights in soffit, above stage and at rear of house
Projection BoothHouses lighting controls, and projection equipment. Sound is outside of booth
Other FacilitiesOffstage dressing room; conference room, and one rehearsal room in basement
Types of EventsLectures, concerts, theater, dance, films, symposia, and conferences
ADAWheelchair access, assistive listening devices, large-type programs, readers, and ASL interpreters


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