Skip to main content

Technical Information

UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium is San Diego's leading mid-size  performance venue. This 764 seat space is suitable for a full range of performing arts including dance, concerts, and theater, as well as special events such as conferences and lectures. The auditorium has hosted productions that include Wynton Marsalis, David Feherty, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, David Sedaris, the Kronos Quartet, Ravi Shankar, and Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation. Local groups that take advantage of the venue include La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego Ballet, and UC San Diego's Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Gospel Choir.

Overview

Mandeville Auditorium is conveniently situated near Interstate 5, only minutes from most San Diego locations. With its 42-foot-wide by 30-foot-deep stage, comfortable seating, flexible lighting grid, and professional audio system, the auditorium is ideal for your event. Front rows can be reconfigured to accommodate tables or an alternative seating plan. Easy load-in is assured thanks to wide side doors and a spacious loading dock with adjacent freight elevator. Professional production staff are available to ensure a smooth experience.

Designed by prominent Southern California architect A. Quincy Jones and completed in 1975, Mandeville Auditorium stands out among UC San Diego's early modernist and "brutalist" buildings. Creeping vines climb its concrete walls and the building is shaded by mature eucalyptus trees.

Seating Charts

Dimensions

The stage floor is black painted masonite covering a sprung fir foundation. Use of stage screws is not permitted. The linesets are dead hung from the structural steel with limited catwalk access from above. An 8' Stage Extension from the front edge of the stage is available upon request (see Seating Chart).

 

PROSCENIUM WIDTH/OPENING 42'-0"
PROSCENIUM HEIGHT 21'-0"

FRONT EDGE OF STAGE TO PLASTER LINE
(without Stage Extension)

5'-0"
PLASTER LINE TO BACK WALL (Acoustic Panels) 30'-0"

GRID HEIGHT (to bottom of steel)

25'-0"
AVERAGE BATTEN LENGTH 60'-0"
BORDER TRIM 21'-0"
WING SPACE PAST LEGS 12'-0" Approx
SIDE WALL-TO -SIDE WALL 100'-0"
MINIMAL DIMENSIONS FOR BACKDROP 24'-6" x 40'

Soft Goods

All battens are dead hung from the structural steal. There are no moveable linesets. There is limited access from catwalks above (see Stage Section). Legs #1 & #2 are hung on tracks and can be drawn to the SR and SL Walls. The Upstage Traveler can be used to trim the sides of the CYC opening or cover it completely.  There is a full stage black scrim available upon request.

 

LINESET FROM PL TRIM DESCRIPTION/
HOUSE HANG
NOTES DESCRIPTION
  -2'-0" 24'-6" Symphony #1 UNAVAILABLE Permanent Lighting
  -0'-3" 21'-0" House Teaser Permanent
1 0'-0" 24'-6" House Curtain Permanent
2 2'-2" 24'-6" Electric #1    
3 3'-2" 24'-6" Electric #2    
4 4'-10" 24'-6" Symphony #2 UNAVAILABLE Permanent Lighting
5 5'-7" 21'-0" Border #1   3'H x 50'W w/fullness
6 6'-3" 24'-6" Projection Screen IMMOBILE 19' H x 38' W
7 6'-11" 24'-6" Legs #1 (on Track)   24' H x 16' W w/fullness
8 7'-10" 24'-6" Symphony #3 UNAVAILABLE Permanent Lighting
9 9'-4" 24'-6" Electric #3    
10 10'-10" 24'-6" Electric #4    
11 12'-7" 24'-6" Symphony #4 UNAVAILABLE Permanent Lighting
12 13'-5" 21'-0" Border #2   3' H x 50' W w/fullness
13 13'-11" 24'-6" Mid-Stage Traveler 24' H x 25' W w/fullness
14 15'-5" 24'-6" Electric #5    
15 16'10" 24'-6" Electric #6    
16 18'-3" 24'-6" Symphony #5 UNAVAILABLE Permanent Lighting
17 20'-7" 24'-6"

Legs #2 (on Track)
Electric #7

  24' H x 16' W w/fullness
Shared Pipe
18 21'-6" 24'-6" Scenery Pipe #1   Soft Goods or Scenery Only
19 22'-2" 24'-6" Electric #8    
20 24'-0" 24'-6" Border #3    
21 25'-0" 24'-6" Scenery Pipe #2    
22 26'-4" 24'-6" Electric #9   Cyc Lights
23 27'-4" 24'-6" Scenery Pipe #3   w/Traveler Track
24 28'-3" 24'-6" Upstage Traveler

 24' H x 55' W w/Traveler Track

25 29'-10" 24'-6" White Seamless Muslin Cyclorama   24' H x 55' W

Download pdf:

Lighting

There is a Standard House Plot that cosists of general front light, a 2-color overhead wash, and a 3-color CYC (See Light Plot drawing).

 

QUANTITY

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

 

ETC SOURCE FOUR BODIES (lamped at 575 watts)

18

19 degree lens

 

66

26 degree lens

50 in Rep Plot 

56

36 degree lens

48 in Rep Plot

9

50 degree lens

 

FRESNELS

PAR 64

45

Altman Par 64 1000w

 

CYCLORAMA FIXTURES

6

Colortran 1000w - 3 Cell

9th Electric

SPOTLIGHTS

2

Strong Minuet

FOH Catwalk

LIGHTING CONTROL

1

ETC Element

Booth, House, or SR

DIMMERS

280

2.4K ETC Sensor Dimmers

 

 

Download:

Audio

Standard playback audio position is in the booth. A House mix position is available in the center of audience Rows KK & LL. Audience seating must be removed to accommodate this arrangement (see Seating Chart). Microphone Inventory available upon request.

 

DESCRIPTION MODEL LOCATION
Mixing Board Behringer x32, with digital stage box Booth or House Mix
Mixing Board Midas Venice 320 Booth or House Mix
Mixing Board Mackie ProFX16v2 Booth or House Mix
Amplifiers JBL SRX700 series with Crown XTi 6000 & 4000 Stage Right
Main Speakers JBL SRX725F House Stacks on SR & SL
Main Subs JBL SRX728S House Stacks on SR & SL
Powered Speakers JBL PBX612M Flexible (Qty = 4)
Monitor Speakers JBL SRX712M Flexible (Qty = 4)
Compact PA Speakers Mackie SRM 150 Flexible (Qty = 4)

Remote Power

Use of Remote Power must be arranged in advance.

 

LOCATION QUANTITY DESCRIPTION
Up Stage Right 1 100 amp, 3 Phase (sound)
Up Stage Right 1 150 amp, 3 Phase, Cam Lock (Lighting)

Internet Access

The UC San Diego campus, including the Mandeville Auditorium, has a "UCSD-GUEST" WIFI network. Anyone can join this by connecting and then confirming the network usage agreement via a web browser (similar to how Starbucks works). This network is firewalled but provides access for all web-based functions, as well as SSH. The UC San Diego help page on this can be found here:

https://blink.ucsd.edu/technology/network/connections/wireless/guest.html

 

The "UCSD-GUEST" WIFI network can be overwhelmed when too many users access it at once. For a more robust connection, we can facilitate wired ethernet access in specific locations within the auditorium. Wired ethernet will work for computers, dedicated video streaming systems, and is a good solution for credit card systems that require security compliance. UC San Diego policy prevents the connection of NAT routers (including WIFI access points).

Per UC San Diego policy, all devices utilizing the wired network must be registered with their hardware address (aka "MAC address"). Registration can take up to two weeks and we recommend taking care of this well in advance of the event.

If neither UCSD-GUEST nor wired ethernet will suffice, we recommend pursuing the use of a WIFI hotspot that uses a cellular network.

Communication Systems

Communication is provided by ClearComm Headsets that can be plugged into various ports throughout the auditorium. The basement Dressing Rooms and Green Room have individual audio monitors that carry a feed from the stage.

 ClearComm Details

LOCATION QUANTITY DESCRIPTION
Booth 4 Stage Manager, Lighting, Audio, Video
Center of House (Rows KK & LL) 4 Stage Manager, Lighting, Audio, Video
Stage Right 4 Stage Manager, Lighting, Audio, Video
Stage Right 1 Main Curtain
Stage Left 1 Assistant Stage Manager
Catwalks 2 Followspots

Projection

Video Projection can be controlled from the Booth, Stage Right, or the House (center of audience rows KK & LL). It is recommended that all playback content be pre-loaded onto a renter's laptop as streaming over the UCSD-GUEST WIFI can be unreliable.

 

QUANTITY DESCRIPTION LOCATION
1 Panasonic 6.5k lumen DW6300 WXGA  Booth

Dressing Rooms

The Dressing Rooms are on the basement level, one floor below the stage. Access to the dressing rooms is via staircases on either side of the backstage hallway.

All Dressing Rooms inlclude toilets, sinks, showers, lighted mirrors, and clothing racks.

 

ROOM CAPACITY
Men's Dressing Room (private)        3
Women's Dressing Room (private)        3
Men's Dressing Room (large)       14
Women's Dressing Room (large)       14
GREEN ROOM
Includes : Tables, Chairs, Refrigerator

Flame / Smoke / Pyro / Firearms

The UC San Diego Fire Marshal prohibits the use of flame, smoke, pyrotechnics, and firearms including, but not limited to, cigarettes, candles, smokepots, torches, flash paper, blank cartridges, and paintball guns.

Loading Dock

The Loading Dock is located one floor below the stage level. Access to the stage level is via a Freight Elevator which must be operated by Mandeville staff only. Loading is also possible through the side doors of the theater on the stage level.

 

DESCRIPTON DIMENSIONS WEIGHT LIMIT
Freight Elevator 6'5" W x 9'0" D  5,000 lbs
Doors from back hallway to Stage 5'8" W x 6'10" H x 8'6" Diag  
Auditorium Side Doors 5'8" W x 6'10" H x 8'6" Diag