• Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University


    Painting, Fine ArtTheaters & Live Performance

    About Us

    Each year the Pepperdine University Center for the Arts is host to over 250 public events, including performances by international touring stars and visual artists, student productions, and exhibitions. Visit the Center for the Arts web page for technical information regarding these facilities.

    Smothers Theatre (450 seats), is host to dozens of events each season. With its raked seating and superior sight-lines, it is considered to be one of the finest theatres of its size in Los Angeles.

    The Mini Theatre (44 seats) is home to our acting classes, lighting labs, and student-directed projects.

    Raitt Recital Hall (118 seats) is an acoustically superior and intimate hall given to the University by Rosemary and John Raitt (the legendary Broadway star).

    Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture is home to fifteen Sony EX1 cameras. Aspiring filmmakers can also choose from Sony EX3s or a Canon 7D camera package, light kits from Lowel and Kino-Flo, a selection of wireless and wired lavalier, omnidirectional and shotgun microphones, four Sony High Definition cameras, a Sony switcher, and a Yamaha digital mixing console. For post-production, students can reserve six private editing bays outfitted with Final Cut Pro HD.

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    N95 Masks are highly encouraged in place of all other types of masks per the CDC.  They are currently available for free at various retail sites including CVS and Walgreens.  

    BUSINESSES: FREE PPE packages, including N95 masks, are available through PPE Unite at www.ppeunite.org or by  calling (747)224-7742. The City of Los Angeles also has low-cost N95 masks available for purchase at www.lovla.org. 

    The LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) has updated its Health Officer Order as follows: 

    • No later than January 17, 2022, all employers are required to provide employees who work indoors and in close contact with others or the public with a well-fitting medical grade mask, surgical mask or higher-level respirator, such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator or KN95, and require them to wear the masks at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility. 
    • In alignment with the State Public Health Officer's Order of December 31, 2021, beginning January 15, 2022, attendance thresholds are lowered to 500 attendees for Indoor Mega Events and 5,000 attendees for Outdoor Mega Events. 
    • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors at Cardrooms, except when actively eating or drinking in required designated dining areas. 
    • Recommend that at Mega Events, Performance Venues, Movie Theatres, and Entertainment Venues, food and drink only be consumed, where possible, in designated dining areas. 
    • Mega Events, Performance Venues, Movie Theatres and Entertainment Venues are responsible for messaging, signage, and compliance with masking requirement unless spectators/customers are actively eating or drinking.
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