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Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre has 492 seats in normal configuration, including festival-style seating and standing room at the back of the house. Additional seating (benches) may be obtained with orchestra pit at house level.


Though this theatre was constructed before ADA laws were passed, La Jolla Playhouse has provided areas for those with limited mobility problems as well as an area at the back of the house that allows for wheelchair seating.

A two-channel Infrared Listening System provides enhanced audio for all performances and audio description for one performance of each production.

American Sign Language interpretation is also offered for one performance of each Weiss production. A current schedule is available by clicking here.

Additionally, a golf cart is available to assist patrons with accessibility issues to and from the parking lot. Please notify the Box Office prior to your performance if you are in need of this service; additionally, you may pull into the five minute parking in front of the theatre, and a friendly La Jolla Playhouse greeter will assist you.

House Policies

The House opens one half hour before each performance. The curtain for evening performances is as follows: Tuesday/Wednesday 7:30 pm, Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm and Sunday 7:00 pm. The curtain for matinees is at 2:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday only). The theatre is dark on Monday.

Green Room

Measures 12' x 12'. Located adjacent to dressing rooms, up four stair flights (two floors) from the stage floor (an elevator is available). The Green Room is equipped with a pay phone, vending machines and a chilled water dispenser. The Page/Monitor and CCTV Systems provide for audio and video monitoring of the stage. Located down the hall from the Green Room is a coffee set-up and vending machines.


A passenger elevator (measuring 4'2" x 6'7" x 7'4' h) is located just backstage right and accesses the dressing rooms (third floor) and the lobby (indirectly, for access for those with accessibility issues). This elevator cannot be used during performances.

Stage Door

Located stage right at stage level.

Dressing Rooms

The third floor has two chorus dressing rooms; one with a capacity for 12 people, the other with a capacity for 10 people with an adjacent private dressing room (and restroom) for one or two people. Each dressing room has sinks, make-up mirrors, showers and toilets. The Page/Monitor System provides for audio monitoring of the stage.

Quick Change Rooms

Onstage quick change space is limited. There is a single unisex restroom located just offstage right and a small hallway located upstage left. There are also areas located downstage left (DSL) and an offstage right hallway and elevator that depending on the nature of the set can also be used as a quick change area. In addition, there are stairs down to the trap room stage right (SR) and stage left (SL) for crossover and quick change purposes.

Wardrobe Room

The costume shop located on the third floor is used as the wardrobe room for the Weiss. Large work tables, hanging space, steamer, sewing machines, irons, ironing boards, washing machines and dryers are available with prior consent from the Costume Shop Manager. There is no dry cleaning on site.

Orchestra Pit

The orchestra pit can be accessed from the trap room when in the pit position. The orchestra pit has to be manually lowered and raised from pit (7' below stage) to house (3' below stage) to stage level. Advance notice must be given if level change is desired.

Rehearsal Room

The Weiss Theatre does not have an attached rehearsal space. Accommodations may be made for rehearsal space nearby with advance notice.

Control Room (booth)

Located in the rear of the auditorium, up two floors from the stage. (An elevator is available.) The Page/Monitor System provides for a booth monitor and the paging of the FOH and backstage areas. Three channels of video are available, providing a stage view plus two additional views as needed. Four channels of wired intercom are available for production, plus a set of four wireless belt packs for stage crew.

Technical Measurements

The information included in this outline is usable for general purposes and non-critical measurements. Separate technical drawings made from actual measurements of the space are available upon request.


Loading Dock

The loading dock is 2'8” high, 24' deep (at truck) and more than 50' wide. It is located down a short hill from the main access road (Weiss Lane). Only one truck can be unloaded at one time. Equipment and scenery may be loaded from the dock directly onto the stage. The loading door from the dock measures
17' 10 " h x 13' 5 " w and leads through the upstage right wall of the stage. There is also a loading door from the scene shop that measures 17' 11 3/4" h x 25' w and leads through the upstage wall of the stage.

Stage Dimensions

Width of Proscenium opening: 40' 0"
Height of Proscenium opening: 23' 10"
Depth of Stage - 37' 6"