Segerstrom Hall was designed by Charles Lawrence and features the distinctive Grand Portal arch and "Fire Bird" sculpture by Robert Lippold that have become emblematic of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It opened in September, 1986, providing Orange County with one of the finest performance venues in the nation.
Segerstrom Hall seats nearly 3,000 people. It is an opera-house style venue with proscenium arch and 8,500 square-foot stage that welcomes the greatest dance companies in the world, Broadway’s top shows, operas and many other styles and genres of music and theater.
Segerstrom Hall faces the Center’s 46,000 square-foot Arts Plaza with Richard Serra’s imposing “Connector” sculpture and Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure.” The plaza hosts many free community events each, including Strides for Life and Walk for the Cure. The Center presents its own free Movie Mondays series on the plaza each summer, attracting thousands of picnickers and families to screenings of classic movie musicals. Many live performances are showcased each year on the plaza as well, including dance events by such noted companies as Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Project Bandaloop, Trey McIntyre Project, Chris Botti, Ozomatli, Teatro ZinZanni and others.
Founders Hall is a versatile black box-style space suitable for many purposes and occasions, with a 65-foot-wide room and a 26-foot-wide raised stage. Multiple staging and seating configurations are available for performance, rehearsals, cocktail events, meetings, seminars and special events. Founders Hall has a repertory-style lighting system and in-house sound system.
For day-of events, Founders Hall has its own private box office in the lobby open one hour prior to performances for event ticket purchases and will call. Founders hall seats up to 250 people.