Posted on June 27th, 2017, 2:35 pm


(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:

 Tony Bennett

 Annie

 America

 Mamma Mia

 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

swimming pools.

 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


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