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Performance Arts Center

Ahead of its Time…

In Fall 2003, SMCC added a $10 million Performing Arts Center (PAC), built with funds generated by the Maricopa County Community College District’s successful 1994 bond initiative.

The iconic Performance Hall faces South Mountain, Arizona’s largest municipal park, and is a prominent feature of SMCC’s main campus.

Divided into three major buildings that join to create an outdoor arts amphitheatre, the PAC houses the college’s art, music, dance, and storytelling classes.

The 43,000 square foot PAC contains a 350-seat theater, 100-seat Studio Theater, 75-seat dance studio, scenery and costume shops, dressing room, make-up room, and green room, as well as faculty offices and multipurpose classrooms.

The landscaped Performing Arts Center Amphitheatre is fully functional, to accommodate impromptu outdoor rehearsals, group gatherings, and scheduled performances. It is also the site of SMCC’s annual spring commencement ceremony.

The most prominent building, the Performance Hall, includes the lobby, house, and stage. An elevated exterior lobby provides a “stage” in which audience members can mingle before and after performances.

The second building houses the “back-of-house” functions, while the third building includes the studio, dance studio, classrooms, and administrative offices.

In 2003, world-renowned poet Maya Angelou performed a reading during the PAC’s dedication ceremony. Now a community landmark, the PAC showcases the remarkable talents of our students and offers the community an opportunity to share in a love of the arts.

Its translucent glass affords a breathtaking view of South Mountain and central Phoenix, making it the place to be during sunset, and proving once again that South Mountain Community College was ahead of its time.

The Performing Arts Center (PAC), located on the main campus of South Mountain Community College, just off 24th Street north of Baseline Road in Phoenix.

The PAC is located just across from the South Mountain Community Library, near the third entrance into the campus off 24th Street.

The address of the main campus is

7050 South 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042


Parking for the PAC, the Studio Theater and the dance room is convenient and free for performances.


Want to attend an event at the PAC?  The community is welcome to all events. Check the Performing Arts Events Calendar for upcoming events.

Late Arrivals

Events begin promptly at the times listed. Those arriving late or exiting the theater during the event will be seated at the discretion of the house managers, based on the preference of the performer(s). For certain performances, no late arrivals will be accepted.  We thank you for your cooperation.

Food and Drink:

No food is allowed to be consumed in the PAC.  Bottled water is allowed.

Tour the PAC:

Building tours are available by appointment. It is advisable to call ahead before you visit.

Are you planning a concert, lecture, fashion show, talent show, step show, or other community event? The SMCC Performance Hall is available for rental to community groups.

Our Events staff will provide personal attention to ensure your event is a spectacular success!