© Tom Bonner
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Bonita Unified School District, Bonita Center for the Arts

San Dimas, California

The Bonita Center for the Arts is a multi-use venue housing a 700-seat proscenium theatre, 200-seat amphitheater, and 60-seat multipurpose/green room. Located on the San Dimas High School Campus and utilized by the entire Bonita Unified School district, the Bonita Center for the Arts also serves as a state of the art space for visiting theatre companies. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander provided full scope theatre and audio-video consulting from conceptual design to commissioning on all performance spaces; as well as dressing rooms, scene shop and wardrobe area.

In order to allow ease of use by students, while providing a high level of sophistication for professional touring companies, the firm designed a computer-controlled theatrical lighting dimming system and fixture package; projection, sound, and backstage communication systems; and stage extension platforms, theatrical seating, and a customized orchestra shell. Counterweight rigging and stage draperies complete the package, along with infrastructure provided to allow for television broadcasts in the main hall.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander designed the audience chamber seating of the main space for optimal sightlines from any of the 700 seats in the house, while maintaining an intimate feel to the room for the audience. Designed and equipped for the future installation of a variable acoustics system, this space provides a flexibility that enhances a variety of performance types, including dance, orchestra, chorus, lecture, popular entertainment, drama, and musicals.

Architect: Rachlin Partners
Size: 29,250 SF
Cost: $22,500,000
Completion: 2014