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The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (or CCPA) is a 154,000 square-foot entertainment and music venue located in the Cerritos Towne Center of Cerritos, California. It is owned and operated by the City of Cerritos and it opened its doors to the public on January 9, 1993 and hosts opera, cabaret, jazz, dance, magic, drama, musicals and comedy performances as well as private functions. Its season runs from August to May. In 1994, the CCPA received the United States Institute of Theater Technology's (USITT) highest honor, hailing the theater as "The most sophisticated project we've seen in terms of architecture, technology and urban design." Performance Magazine also acknowledged the Center's accomplishments, naming it the number one theater in California (under 3,000 seats) for the third consecutive year.

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Plans for the construction of a Community Theater had been proposed in the Cerritos Towne Center since 1986, however, debate as to the size and influence of the theater vis-?-vis other venues in Southern California persisted. Fears primarily included having a large theater with few patrons in attendance. The consultants, Theatre Projects Consultants of London, calmed fears and inspired city leaders with the details of Derngate Theatre in Northampton, England, where blocks of seats on rollers could be rearranged or removed completely, tailored to each performance. At the time, nothing like it existed in the United States.
Architects Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles were hired to design a similar marvel for Cerritos. Once worries were abated, it was decided that a large venue that could compete with the likes of the Long Beach Terrace Theater, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the Los Angeles Music Center would be a better direction for the development of the community theater. In 1987, the layout plans included an auditorium with six distinct seating configurations, a 5,100 square-foot conference center and a 200 seat theater with its own sound and lighting systems. Construction began shortly on a city landmark that incorporates glass walls, pink limestone, colorful ceramic tiles and angular points and projections. A glass elevator tower topped with pyramids, thin spires and pennants completed the final fa?ade. The interior includes a lobby featuring a curved grand staircase with etched glass, stylish fireplace, soaring ceiling and artwork. Though initially budgeted $17 million for the development, the final price tag came out to be over $60 million. There are six seating configurations in the 6,000 square-foot auditorium of the CCPA, made possible by moving seating towers and mobile seating wagons, multiple floor lifts and moving ceiling panels. It takes about eight hours or less to switch from one configuration to another.
Arena - A 1,691 to 1,721-seat arena setting with 500 floor seats surrounded by box seats and balconies on one side for popular music, comedy and jazz performances. Cabaret - A 1,324 to 1,504-seat cabaret setting with up to 67 tables and 412 chairs on a flat floor, surrounded by box seats and balconies, for jazz and other music performances. Concert - A 1,493 to 1,629-seat concert hall with in-the-round seating and acoustic concert ceiling panels for orchestras, recitals and acoustic performances. More than 6,000 visitors attended the open house tours upon the CCPA's completion. With a $4 million spending budget to attract performances its inaugural season, the CCPA's sold out opening night welcomed crooner Frank Sinatra for three nights, helping establish the Cerritos Center as a premier venue in the Southland.
In 1993-2001, Amusement Business Magazine stated it as the Top 10 Venues, with 5,000 seats or less in the United States. Then later in1995, Performance Magazine blessed it with the title of "Theater of the Year" and following it in 1994, United States Institute of Theater Technology gave it the Honor Award. Then in1993, Concrete Industry honored it with the Paving Award and in 1993, Cabrillo Chapter of American Institute of Architects gave it the Design Award.

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