Ahmanson Auditorium

For decades, the Ahmanson Auditorium has been much more than an entertainment and artistic space—it has also been the programmatic heart of the College, serving as a venue for world-class speakers, movie marathons and emotional gatherings.

The Ahmanson Auditorium was fully renovated in 2021 by Darin Johnstone Architects (DJA) to create a premier cinematic experience and high-functioning educational space. DJA led a team of experts to accomplish a renovation that aligns with contemporary notions of procession, access, sound and vision to significantly enhance the auditorium’s screening capabilities for future generations of filmmakers, artists and designers.

The result is an auditorium that encompasses 3,300 square feet—including a state-of-the-art digital and 35mm projection room—that provides audiences with comfortable seating and excellent sightlines.

Ahmanson Auditorium images by Joushua White. Courtesy of DJA.

Ahmanson Auditorium
ArtCenter College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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The renovated Ahmanson will fill an important void in the Pasadena area, as there are no other high-quality screening facilities available for public events.

Ross LaMannaChair, ArtCenter Film Department

Zack Snyder's latest project, the renovation of ArtCenter's Ahmanson Auditorium, will resonate for decades to come

View of seats in the Ahmanson Auditorium

The 214-seat auditorium immerses audiences in sound and vision.

View of acoustic walls in Ahmanson Auditorium

The walls of the Ahmanson are lined with custom-made, sound-absorbing, Armstrong tectum dots.

Concept design by Kaichen Yan (BS 2016 Entertainment Design)

With majors in Film and Entertainment Design—not to mention any number of creative disciplines that intersect with the Entertainment Industry—ArtCenter alumni have been influencing animation, video games, theme park design, film and television for generations.