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Potiker Theatre

While actual numbers vary with seating configuration, the following are approximate including the mezzanine:

In the Round - approx 417
¾ Thrust - approx 404
Proscenium - approx 319
In the "L" - approx 295
Traverse - approx 410


The flexible seating arrangements in the Potiker allow for removable seats to accommodate wheelchair-bound patrons both on ground level and on the mezzanine (when applicable). Access to the ground level is through the lobby area and the mezzanine is accessible via elevator in the Southeast corner of the theatre.

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 Tuesday — Wednesday is 7:30 pm; the curtain for evening performances Thursday — Saturday is 8:00 pm; and the curtain for evening performances on Sunday is 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 17'6 x 14'3". Located adjacent to dressing rooms, down two stair flights (one floor) from the stage floor (an elevator is available). The Green Room is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, sink and coffee setup. The Page/Monitor and CCTV Systems provide for audio and video monitoring of the stage.


A passenger elevator (measuring 4'3" x 6'9" x 7'5"h) is located offstage of the SE corner of the stage and accesses the dressing rooms and the balcony/mezzanine.

Stage Door

Located off the SW side of the building at basement level.

Dressing Rooms

The basement level has two chorus dressing rooms, each with a capacity for 17 people (gender specific). 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 are hallways surrounding the East and West sides of the stage. In addition, there are stairs down to the basement level on the East and West sides for crossover and quick-change purposes.

Wardrobe Room

The Wardrobe and Wig Rooms are located on the basement level. Sinks, 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 onsite.

Rehearsal Room

The Potiker Theatre does have rehearsal space adjacent to the stage. Reservations of rehearsal space may be made with advance notice.

Control Room (booth)

Located on the North side of the stage, up one floor from the stage. (An elevator is available.)

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 28' 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 a time. Equipment and scenery must be loaded from the dock onto a scenery lift measuring 12'8" x 16'4". The loading doors of the theatre measure 24'0" x 19'0" and lead through the South wall of the stage.

Stage Dimensions

Stage area

70' x 80'
Height to underside of mezzanine - 11'7"
Height at mezzanine floor level - 13'0"
Capacity of floor - 125 lbs per sq. ft.

Traps and Trap Room
Twenty-one (21) 6'0" long x 4'0" wide traps starting at 29'9" from North Wall, on CL
Trap thickness is 3-¼". Because of the nature of the stage, use of the traps will require advance notice.
Stage floor to Trap Room floor - 11'0"
Width of Trap Room - 30'4" x 23'0"
Consult with Technical Director before specifying trap use.
Access to trap room is via stairs located in East and West hallways offstage.

Rigging System
House has a tension grid comprised of forty (40) 8' x 8' panels in a 5x8 arrangement. The outside perimeter sections are permanent while the inner eighteen (18) panels are removable independently. Consult with Technical Director for any rigging in the grid.
Soft Goods Inventory
Qty. Item
6 8'-10" x 24'-0" Encore Velour Legs
6 12'-8" x 24'-0" Encore Velour Legs
1 52'x 23'6" White Seamless Cyc
General Electrics Information

The Potiker Theatre is equipped with 376 ETC Sensor dimmers (366 are 2.4kW, the remaining 10 are 6kW). All of the dimmers are permanently hard wired into various locations throughout the building in a dimmer-per-circuit system. The lighting console is an ETC Obsession II 3000, software version 5.1.

Instrument/Accessory Inventory

Type Wattage Inventory
ETC Source 4 10 Degree ERS 750w 10
ETC Source 4 19 Degree ERS 750w 110
ETC Source4 26 Degree ERS 750w 70
ETC Source4 36 Degree ERS 750w 40
ETC Source 4 Pars w/lens kits 750w 50
Source 4 ERS Top Hates 40
Strand 8" - 2k Fresnel 2000w 24
Strand 8" Barndoors 2000w 24
L&E Broad Cyc - 3 cell 1000w 12
L&E Ground Cyc - 3 cell 1000w 12
General Sound and Video Information

There is no permanently installed or standard sound or video installation in any of our venues, other than 2 channel Sennheiser IR assisted listening systems, paging and backstage audio and video monitoring available in all spaces. The Sound and Video Supervisor will implement designs and/or recommend configurations as needed for individual productions and events. Our floating inventory includes:

  • Sound Consoles include Yamaha DM2000 (1), Yamaha 01V96 (2), as well as assorted Yamaha and Allen and Heath analog consoles.
  • Playback is typically QLab via MOTU or SAFFIRE interfaces.
  • Active speaker inventory includes Meyer UPQ-1P (3), UPJ-1P (9), UPM-1P (8), UPA-1P (6), USW-1P (2), 650P (1), and MM4XP (16, with power supplies).
  • Passive speaker inventory includes EAW KF300 (8), QSC ADS82 (8), QSC ADS52 (12), various EV models and complimentary amplifiers.
  • Passive speaker inventory includes EAW KF300 (8), QSC ADS82 (8), QSC ADS52 (12), various EV models and complimentary amplifiers.
  • Intercom is powered by ClearCom Helixnet wired digital communications paired with HME DX-210 digital wireless systems, as well as RTS analog comm as needed.
  • Video inventory includes custom built Watchout PCs (5) and Christie LX 400 projectors (2).
Floating Inventory

We have an additional inventory of equipment such as followspots, color scrollers, ministrips, foggers, hazers, strobes, etc., that are shared between our theatre spaces. If you have additional needs beyond the listed inventory please consult the Lighting Supervisor at (858) 534-6697.