Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
Mesa, Arizona


An combination of old and new, the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center combines a repurposed movie theatre complex with a new performance hall to provide theatrical support spaces, classrooms, practice spaces, offices, and a lobby/informal performance space. A new entry courtyard is created by removing the roof from one of the old theatres located at the key intersection of the new and existing structures.

The 450-seat multipurpose hall has variable acoustics and an orchestra pit to provide an appropriate home for a wide range of musical and theatrical performances.

The exterior of the building features a composition of salvaged movie seat stanchions that cast dynamic shadows with the passing sunlight, and the original Fiesta 5 sign is preserved in the scene shop.

Landry & Bogan worked with the design team and users from the very first programming sessions to the final checkout, providing design assistance in theatre form, and architectural designs critical to performance function as well as full designs, documentation and testing of theatrical lighting, rigging, acoustical banners, seating and orchestra pit cover.

Owner's Representative

Ross Bern
Maricopa Community College District Facilities Planning & Development


Maria Salenger and Brian Farling
Jones Studio Inc.
4450 N 12th Street, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-264 2941

Construction Data

45,000 SF of construction
19,500 new / 24,550 sq ft remodel
$10.3 million, completed 2015