Policies

All guests, regardless of age, must have their own tickets for those events requiring tickets.

Tickets for orders received within seven days of an event will be held for pickup at the Will Call window of the auditorium box office beginning one hour before the event.

No refunds or exchanges.

All artists, dates, and programs are subject to change without notice.

Guests with Special Needs

For all events, guests with special needs should proceed directly to the main glass doors and ask for the event's House Manager. Guests for whom standing in line would be an undue hardship will be admitted to the lobby as soon as possible. Accommodations are also available for guests with visual or hearing impairment. See our Accessibility Information page for additional services or to make specific arrangements.

Lectures

Lectures in the Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series—and almost all other public lectures presented on campus—are free, with no tickets or reservations required. For most lectures in Beckman Auditorium, a limited number of guaranteed-seating tickets are available to members of the "Caltech/JPL family:" Caltech students, alumni, and faculty; staff and retirees of both Caltech and JPL; and members of the donor groups The Caltech Associates and The Friends of Beckman Auditorium.

For each lecture, two admission lines form in front of the auditorium: one for guests with tickets and one for guests without tickets.

There is no standing room in either Beckman or Ramo Auditorium.

General Admission Events

Events that require a ticket for admission, but without a specific seat indicated on the ticket, are general admission events. For these events, two admission lines form in front of the auditorium. Guests should join the shortest line. The doors will usually open for seating half an hour before the start of the event.

Note that for some general admission events, seats may be reserved for guests with special needs. Occasionally, a larger section of seats in the auditorium will be reserved, typically for a large group.

All guests, regardless of age, must have their own tickets for those events requiring tickets.

There is no standing room in either Beckman or Ramo Auditorium.

Reserved-Seating Events

Events which require a ticket for admission, with a specific seat indicated on the ticket, are reserved-seating events. For these events, because guests seats are assigned, frequently admission lines do not form. If there are lines for admission, guests should join the shortest line. The doors will usually open for seating half an hour before the start of the event.

All guests, regardless of age, must have their own tickets for those events requiring tickets.

There is no standing room in either Beckman or Ramo Auditorium.