The AVO Playhouse is available for rentals year-round and is an ideal venue for any type of event from corporate meetings or lectures, to full production Broadway musicals. The AVO is a fully equipped performance venue (lighting and sound systems) with a 382 seat auditorium, an elevated stage, and back stage dressing rooms with restrooms. The AVO also features a concession bar and large restrooms in the lobby.
Built in 1948 as a neighborhood movie house, the AVO Playhouse was purchased by the City of Vista and elegantly restored to accommodate live performances in 1995. Annually, over forty thousand people are entertained at the AVO. Several dance companies and children's theatre organizations grace the stage regularly as does Moonlight at the Avo, a winter season of plays and musicals produced by Moonlight Stage Productions. The AVO is also a community service facility hosting city-sponsored gatherings, social service organization meetings, and school graduations.
Rental rates are affordable and available on an hourly basis. All rentals include a facilities supervisor and access to all of the available equipment and theatrical spaces. Additional technical staff, ticketing services and event insurance is also available through the City of Vista’s Cultural Arts Department.
For information about renting the AVO Playhouse, please contact Keith Gemmell, 760.726.1340 ext 1525.
Once the application materials have been completed and returned, the fee category will be determined and the facility use permit will be issued.
Our ticketing service, VisTix, is available to assist you. VisTix assures renters an over-the-counter service Mon - Fri, Noon - 5 pm, as well as ticket purchases over the phone, online at www.vistixonline.com, and at the door the day of the event. For more information about VisTix services call 760.724.2110.