THE MCALLEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER RAISES THE BAR IN ITS FIRST 100 DAYS
(McALLEN, March 7, 2017) – Before the first curtain rose at the McAllen Performing Arts
Center, city leaders made the people a promise: they would create a state-of-the-art venue
through innovation and a focus on, “building our community through the arts.”
It was a promise that relied heavily on team work and the willingness to develop the city’s
cultural identity in the performing arts market.
Now in its first 100 days, that vision came through brilliantly thanks to the dedication of its
specially selected design team: ERO Architects and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, theater
consultant Schuler Shook and audio/visual experts at Jaffe Holden Technologies.
The fact is: the McAllen Performing Arts Center is indeed off to a strong start.
The city outlined big plans for the multi-million dollar performing arts center, which celebrated
its grand opening on Nov. 19 and set the stage for Broadway shows, national musical
performances, special concerts and innovative arts.
Inside, the main theater’s 1,828 seats are designed to give every member of the audience an
unobstructed view of the stage with adjustable acoustics and lighting. Throughout the MPAC’s
94,000 square footage, guests get to experience productions never-before-seen in the Rio Grande
The MPAC also connects the beautiful McAllen Convention Center to the newly-coined
Convention Center District. That area now serves as a haven for shopping, lodging and dining
anchored by the dozens of popular restaurants and four brand new hotels.
Prior to opening night, the MPAC kicked off its tenancy with a Community Day open house
which included special performances by local dance studio, Mariachis and the unveiling of a
bronzed sculpture called the “Vaquero of Nuevo Santander,” which stands gallantly on the west
lawn of the property.
Community Day also gave guests an exclusive quick-take performance of Jersey Boys which
would draw near-sellout crowds during its six show-run in early February.
In its first 100 days, the MPAC has followed through with its promise to provide accessibility to
the performing arts through quality experiences. The MPAC is now a vibrant hub for the arts in
South Texas and the community is eager to take part.
MPAC 100 day highlights include a sold out:
Moscow Ballet Nutcracker
MPAC 100 Day Fun Facts:
Number of attendees first 100 days: 66,644
Plans included enough concrete in the building to build a 4-foot wide sidewalk the
equivalent of about XX miles.
The theater and stage have the volume capacity to accommodate 20 Olympic sized
The design metaphor for the outside of the theater is a palm tree trunk.
The mesquite millwork detailing which pays homage to mesquite trees throughout
McAllen, as well as “pecky pecan”, a nod to the Texas state tree.
During construction, SpawGlass employed more than 220 workers on the McAllen
Performing Arts Center jobsite, equating to $3,520,000 back to the McAllen community.
77 percent of the subcontractors on the McAllen PAC jobsite are local, totaling
$35,108,209 in contracts.
Now with three months under its belt, the McAllen Performing Arts Center has plans to set the
stage for plenty more special performances:
The Illusionists, March 12
Adam Trent presented by McAllen Community Concerts, March 15
Jay Leno – 14th Annual RGV Stars Extravaganza, March 16
Ballet San Antonio presented by Rio Grande Valley Ballet, March 17
Marisela, March 18
Greater Tuna, March 19
Portraits of America presented by Rio Grande Valley Ballet, March 31
Romeo and Juliet presented by Valley Symphony Orchestra, April 6
Amanda Miguel & Diego Verdaguer, April 7
Menopause: The Musical, April 19
Shen-Yun, April 21
Paul Anka, April 23
Paloma San Basilio con Raul Di Blasio, April 27
Dirty Dancing, April 29-30
Martin Valverde, May 1
Franco De Vita, May 4
Melba’s McAllen Dance Performance, May 6
Esteban Arce, May 12
La Oreja de Van Gogh, May 14
La Doble Moral, May 20
Air Supply, May 21