By César Pelli
The Samueli Theater is part of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall but has its own distinctive entrance. With large frosted glass panels illuminated from behind that produce a subtle glow against the building’s white limestone façade, the theater is accessible from the Arts Plaza or Anton Boulevard in Costa Mesa.

Most of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ (SCFTA) Jazz Club, Concert Series, Cabaret Series, and Family Series artists perform in Samueli Theater, which is transformed into a casual nightclub setting. The 500-seat theater, opened in 2006, is designed to accommodate various uses and configurations, including traditional theater-style seating, theater-in-the-round, or cabaret-style with cocktail tables for intimate seating clusters. The room also functions as a recital space, and is available for banquets, meetings, seminars and other special events in Costa Mesa. It can also be completely open for indie-band concerts.

The Samueli Theater is named in recognition of the $10 million gift from the Samueli Family Foundation. Henry Samueli is the chairman of Broadcom and a committed philanthropist.