• BRIDGES AUDITORIUM

    Come experience the ballet in this elegant theater built in 1931. At its opening Bridges was widely regarded as the finest theater in Southern California, and quickly became one of the area's major cultural assets. Its great white columns, vaulting arches grand marble foyer and hand painted coffered ceilings provide the perfect setting for an enchanting outing at the ballet.

    "Presiding over it all, brilliant in indirect lighting, is Giovanni (John) Smeraldi's 22,000-square-foot ceiling, depicting the signs of the zodiac in blue, silver and gold. It rises 55 feet above the auditorium floor and spans 120 feet with no inside supports. Within, the hall is aesthetically and acoustically gratifying. A 500-seat balcony cantilevers over the main floor without visually obstructive posts. The auditorium has some 60,000 square feet of inside floor space, 14,000 square feet of porches and walks, and a 90-by-40-foot stage with 62-foot proscenium opening. When Bridges was built, it provided 2,581 seats. After its renovation in 1975, it had 2,497 seats. Current seating accom-modates about 2,494 people." *


    * for more information and history see the Pomona College webpages devoted to Bridges Auditorium

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