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The California's Seating In General

The California is an intimate, comfortable, and beautifully decorated hall, with 1,126 plush seats. No seat is more than 20 rows from the orchestra players or more than 20 seats from center. The theater's acoustics are excellent and the sound in the mezzanine is especially outstanding. There truly are no poor seats in this hall.

Both the orchestra floor and balcony levels have seats in all three price categories. The front five rows of the balcony, called the Grand Tier, are among the choicest seats in the house. With two inner aisles upstairs and down, most seats are no more than 10 seats from an aisle, making access easy. There is elevator access to the balcony level. There are wheelchair seats in every price category and both the First Street and Market Street entrances are handicapped accessible.

Seating Chart and Section Descriptions

Cal Theatre Seating Chart


Dress Circle
These choice seats on the ground floor of the theater run just 3 to 13 rows from the orchestra players and allow you an outstanding view and sense of connection with the conductor and musicians on stage.

Grand Tier
Either a modern elevator or stairs take you up to these top-notch balcony seats just 11 to 15 rows away from the orchestra players. These seats give you a grand elevated view of the musicians and the theater, particularly the extraordinarily decorated ceiling.

Orchestra
Many of the seats in this section have the same direct view and sense of intimacy with the players as the Dress Circle seats, they are simply a bit further from the stage.

Mezzanine
Located just behind the Grand Tier, this section can be accessed by modern elevator or stairs, and offers an overview of the entire theater while being only 16 to 20 rows away from the musicians on stage. This area has the same superb acoustics that the Grand Tier enjoys.

Side Orchestra
This section shares the same proximity to the stage (just 1 to 20 rows away) as other sections of the hall.

Side Mezzanine
Like the rest of the Mezzanine section, these seats afford an elevated view just 16 to 20 rows away from the musicians on stage.

Accessible Seating, Stairs, Elevators

Main Orchestra Level Accessible Seating

The seats on the main floor, in all price categories, from the side Orchestra level doors forward toward the stage are all reachable with absolutely no stairs. The elevator in the box office corridor will lead you directly to this level of the theater from either lobby. All of the theater's wheelchair seating is also in this area.

All other seats on the Orchestra level, with the exception of the very last row, require between one and six stairs to reach.

Balcony Level Accessible Seating

All seats on this level will require at least one stair to reach. Seats in the Grand Tier require fewer stairs than seats in the Mezzanine and Side Mezzanine seating areas.

While there are seats designed to be ADA compliant on this level, the Symphony prefers to seat those who cannot, in an emergency, navigate the theater's stairs on the Orchestra level instead. This is because the building's elevators stop running during a fire, leaving wheelchair-bound patrons stranded in a life-threatening situation.

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