Vista Moonlight Amphitheatre Stage House

  • Location:

    Vista, California

  • Client:

    City of Vista

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  • Specialties:

    Event Centers

Features & Highlights

  • Project completed in nine months, the exact time between theater seasons
Project Overview

The new Moonlight Amphitheatre replaced a 40-year-old antiquated stage house and provided the City of Vista with a state-of-the-art outdoor venue. The new facility focused on addressing the City’s need for a low maintenance, highly durable playhouse with advanced theatrical technologies that would serve the community for the next 50 years. By working with the owner and design team throughout the entire design phase, the project was successfully developed within very tight budget and schedule constraints.

The stage house features 33 operable line sets, a scene shop, green room, rehearsal room, costume and instrument storage areas and a full-size orchestra pit with removable cover. The amphitheater is a venue for civic events throughout the year, youth theater productions, concerts, fundraisers and more. The open-air theater is also home to a regional theater company that uses the space to perform Broadway shows during its annual summer season.

The Moonlight Amphitheatre is characterized by a cantilevered truss system that provides catwalk access to theatrical lighting and sound equipment. The project, which also included a new sound and lighting booth, restroom building, ticket booth and numerous handicap accessibility improvements, was completed in nine short months, the exact time between theatre seasons. The project started the day after the close of the 2008 season and finished in time for Moonlight Stage Productions’ first musical of the 2009 season. The success of this project earned the team Regional and National Design Build Excellence Awards.

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“The City of Vista is very pleased with the project and appreciative of the efforts by Sundt.”

Joe Biglione, (former) Construction Manager, City of Vista


Awards & Accolades

2010 Design-Build Excellence Award, Public Sector under $25 million, Design-Build Institute of America

2010 Regional Award Winner, Public Sector Buildings under $15 million, Design-Build Institute of America, Western Pacific Region