Beckman Auditorium

Beckman Auditorium is operated by Caltech Public Events 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.

Donors: Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman
Architect: Edward Durrell Stone
Location: Michigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena
Dedicated: February 1964
Building Shape: circular with a conical shaped roof
Seating Capacity: 1136 (836 main floor, 300 balcony)
Dimensions: 60 feet high, 120 feet in diameter
Color Scheme (Interior) : red, white, and gold
Stage: 24 feet maximum depth by 43 feet wide
Stage Floor Height: 16 inches
Main Curtain: 37 feet high
Lighting: spotlights in the soffit, above the stage and at the rear of the house
Projection Booth: houses lighting controls, and projection equipment; sound control is outside of the booth
Other Facilities: offstage dressing room; conference room, and one rehearsal room in basement
Types of Events: lectures, concerts, theater, dance, films, symposia, and conferences
ADA: wheelchair access, assistive listening devices, large-type programs, readers, and ASL interpreters