Mammoth Arts and Cultural Center

Design Review (DR) 17-002

The Mammoth Arts and Cultural Center project is located at 100 College Parkway to the east of the existing Edison Theater and north of College Parkway. The Mammoth Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) project includes a new performing arts theater, an outdoor amphitheater, a new parking lot, and other site improvements such as walkways and rebuilding the existing parking lot. The MACC is intended to be a year-round venue for performing arts events, including live theater, musical performances, films, lectures, conferences, and community activities. There is also the option for other special events to be scheduled. The performing arts theater will have 298 seats and the outdoor amphitheater will accommodate approximately 500 people. The MACC is the result of a partnership between the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, Cerro Coso Community College, Town of Mammoth Lakes, and private donors. 

The project is subject to the Town’s General Plan, Zoning Code, Design Guidelines, and Color Handbook, all of which are available for review on this website. A Major Design Review application for the MACC project was submitted to the Town in August 2017 in order to initiate the environmental review process (no building or site plans were submitted). By April 2018, the materials required for the ADP design review had been received and after staff analysis of the submittal was complete, a meeting of the ADP was scheduled. The sections below describe the project's progress through the Advisory Design Panel to the Planning and Economic Development Commission.

Advisory Design Panel, June 8, 2018

Advisory Design Panel, October 1, 2018

Advisory Design Panel, October 30, 2018

Environmental Review, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

The Town of Mammoth Lakes has determined that the project is subject to the guidelines and regulations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Town has contracted with Michael Baker International (MBI) to prepare an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Draft Initial Study/Mitigation Negative Declaration was available for public review during the 30-day public review period from January 11, 2019 to February 11, 2019. 

MBI and the Town are currently responding to comments received during the public review period. It is anticipated that this project may be scheduled for Planning and Economic Development Commission review and action on April 10, 2019.

For additional project information, please contact Sandra Moberly, Community and Economic Development Director at or (760) 965-3633.