Mesa Arts Center Debut
The $94.5 million, 212,755-square-foot performing and visual arts center is said to be the largest in the state. The complex houses four theatres: the 1,600-seat Tom and Janet Ikeda Theater, 550-seat Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater, 200-seat Nesbitt / Elliot Playhouse and the 99-seat Anita Cox Farnsworth Studio Theater.
The desert-themed facility is projected to draw 350,000 to 500,000 people annually for its year-round performing and visual arts programming and art education classes. It is owned and operated by the city of Mesa.
Concerts on the books through spring 2006 include