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.