The East County Performing Arts Center has been called the "greatest asset in East County" and a "true gem" by patrons. It has been voted best concert hall in the past and has been noted for its almost perfect acoustics.
The center was originally built in 1977 as a cooperative effort between the Grossmont - Cuyamaca school district and the City of El Cajon. Its opening inaugural performance was September 8, 1977. Since then, the venue has hosted numerous productions from all over the nation and several international events. Our venue is located in the heart of the revitalized downtown El Cajon area. We are just 15 minutes east of downtown San Diego.
The theater seats 1,142, in 27 rows. The San Diego Reader named East County Performing Arts Center "Best Concert Hall" and our venue has been described as the most acoustically perfect in San Diego. The theater serves the needs of the community by providing the best in local and regional entertainment at reasonable rates and provides a first class facility to the greater San Diego community. The Performing Arts Center is located at 210 E. Main Street in Downtown El Cajon.
ECPAC Renovations Are Underway!
In December 2017, the City entered into a five-year agreement with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, to manage and operate the City’s Performing Arts Center. As part of the agreement, the long-shuttered facility will undergo significant remodeling prior to its reopening in the spring of 2019.
The City and Live Nation have retained Rios Clementi Hale Studios, an architectural firm familiar with contemporary performing arts center designs, to oversee the remodeling of the 1,200 seat theater. Construction is being managed by the Wieland Corporation.
Current renovations underway include:
- Auditorium Seating – Seating will be reconfigured to maximize space while front row seats will be upgraded with plush seats.
- VIP Lounge – The space at the back of the auditorium will be upgraded to a VIP lounge for a unique experience during events. The last few rows of chairs will also be modified to allow room for standing or sitting depending on the event.
- Lobby – The lobby will be refurbished with a bar, merchandising area, and a new elevator to provide accessibility to upper level seating. The Box Office and restrooms will also be upgraded to handle the increased capacity.
Live Nation’s arrival is expected to be a game changer for downtown El Cajon and the community. It will bring nationally renowned acts to the heart of the City.
Under contract, Live Nation plans to feature at least 50 events in the first year and plans to expand to 65 events by the fifth year of operation. Live Nation also manages the House of Blues in San Diego and the Mattress Firm Amphitheater in Chula Vista.
The theater is currently closed while under renovation.