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Arts Center Venues

Parking for the UCSC campus venues

Please arrive at least 45 minutes EARLY to events on campus to allow time for parking, ticketing, and seating. Parking for Mainstage, Recital Hall, Second Stage and the Stanley-Sinsheimer Glen events is located in the Performing Arts lot off of Meyer Drive. A parking fee of $4 - cash(payable at the Performing Arts parking lot) or a UCSC A or B parking permit is required. For more information on UCSC parking permits, please visit the Transportation & Parking Services website.

Mainstage Theater

The Mainstage Theater at the UCSC Theater Arts Center seats 528 in an intimate performance space. The theater features a thrust stage and seating in five sections "in the round". The Mainstage Theater is mobility impaired accessible. View the Mainstage Theater Seating Layout (PDF format). You may also view the Theater Arts Mainstage website for more images of this unique performance space. Seating for most events in the Mainstage is reserved. Gold Circle seating varies between show Producer. Please check with the Ticket Office when ordering tickets for specific Gold Circle seating, if available.

Second Stage

The 231 seat Second Stage Theater is adjacent to the Mainstage Theater. It is a small performance space used for student dance and theater productions. Seating is usually reserved. Download the Second Stage Seating Chart (PDF format).

Experimental Theater

With about 200 modular seats, the Experimental Theater or "Black Box/Ex-Space" provides a highly flexible performance space for theater production. Seating is usually general admission, as the seats are rearranged for each production.

Stanley-Sinsheimer Festival Glen

Each season, Santa Cruz Shakespeare performs two of its Summer festival productions in this magnificent natural outdoor amphitheater. The Glen seats upwards of 600 patrons, with both reserved seating and general admission seating. This is a venue not to be missed! Visit santacruzshakespeare.org for information on the Glen and enjoying the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival.

Music Center Recital Hall

Opened in 1997 as part of the UCSC Music Center, the stunning Recital Hall is a carefully designed 386 seat acoustically variable performance space featuring a state of the art sound system and theatrical lighting capabilities. View the Recital Hall Seating Chart. You may also visit the Recital Hall Facilities website to view venue information.

Off Campus:

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

307 Church Street (at Center Street) Santa Cruz

Rio Theatre

1205 Soquel Avenue (at Seabright Ave) Santa Cruz

Holy Cross Church

126 High Street, Santa Cruz (located next to the Santa Cruz Mission)

  • (831) 423-4182
  • Map and directions
  • Holy Cross Church is situated on the site where the Santa Cruz Mission was founded in 1791. This beautiful building has been resurrected after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Holy Cross is the church of an active Catholic Ministry, seating about 500 on wooden church pews. It is a spectacular place to experience vocal performances, with it's vaulted and painted ceilings and stained glass doors and windows.

Henry J. Mello Center

250 East Beach Street (at Lincoln St.) Watsonville (at Watsonville High School)

  • General info: (831) 763-4047
  • Map and directions (Google)
  • Located in Watsonville, the Henry J. Mello Center is a premier 790 seat concert performance hall with some of the best acoustics on the Central Coast.

First Congregational Church

900 High Street, Santa Cruz (located near the UCSC campus)

Cabrillo College Theater

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos (located on the Cabrillo College campus)

UCO/Lick Observatory

The Lick Observatory is located at Mount Hamilton, about an hour from San Jose. They host an annual Summer Visitor Program and Summer concert series that invite the public to view through the telescopes at the observatory. Please visit the UCO/Lick website for more information about these programs. You can also view a virtual tour of Mount Hamilton.

Audience Information

Please arrive at least 45 minutes early to all on-campus events to allow time for parking, ticketing, and seating. Latecomers will seated at the discretion of the House Manager or at suitable interval in the program. Some performances do not provide any opportunities for late seating and latecomers will not be let in to the performance.

Wheelchair Accessibility: All venues are wheelchair accessible. For accommodation, please contact the UCSC Ticket Office at 831-459-5829 or the Civic Box Office at 831-420-5260.

Assistive Listening Devices for the hearing-impaired are available for performances at the UCSC Theater Arts Mainstage, Stanley-Sinsheimer Festival Glen, Second Stage, Experimental Theater and Recital Hall. Please check with the house manager at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.

UCSC Ticket Office - Santa Cruz Tickets

  • Theater Arts Center
  • 1156 High Street
  • University of California
  • Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
  • Email: tickets@ucsc.edu
  • Phone: (831) 459-2159

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