Located on the campus of Menlo-Atherton (M-A) High School, the Performing Arts Center serves as a special gathering place for the students of M-A High School as well as Menlo Park, Atherton and the extended community. The PAC was financed by bond measures in 2001, 2004 and 2007 and funding from the City of Menlo Park.
Inspired by the beauty of the historical grove of Valley Oak trees on campus, the 31,000-square-foot, 65-foot-high building has been carefully designed and landscaped to create a tree house-like environment and the impression it is following the contours of an already existing hillside.
A 492-seat theatre
Professional quality sound and lighting
150-capacity multi-use space
Rehearsal and music rooms
Lobby and box office
Stagecraft workshop for production of scenery and props
Glass-enclosed multi-use/cafeteria space
Professional-caliber fly tower for raising and lowering scenery
Orchestra lift to convert the state for various types of productions
Orchestra pit accommodating up to 80 musicians
Robust lighting system with two catwalks for optimal control
State-of-the-art acoustics and professional, sound-proof control booth
A range of energy efficient and sustainable features