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Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre (PJPAC) has officially launched in 1 Utama Shopping Centre on 27th July 2022 with a Buka Panggung ceremony attended by 1 Utama Director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok and PJ Mayor Mohamad Azhan Md. Azmir where guests were treated to a curated live theatre show directed by Dato Zahim Albakr, and performed by renowned theatre personalities.
Situated at Level 2 1 Utama E, PJPAC which is also the largest in-mall performing arts centre in Malaysia houses the Largest Proscenium Theatre in Selangor, black box and talent & creative incubator hub. Through this epicentre for art performances and cultural exchanges at PJPAC, they aim to empower the performing arts communities to flourish by engaging, inspiring and entertaining the cultural life of our city and the nation.
Fully owned and operated by 1 Utama and situated inside 1 Utama’s newest extension, 1 Utama E, PJPAC comprises a 684-seater, fully equipped proscenium theatre (Stage 1 Theatre), a black box (Nero Event Space) as well as a talent and creative incubator space (1ncubator). Its objective is to provide premium quality spaces and facilities and to cultivate gifted performers and talent from the arts, social media and entertainment industries.
PJPAC is also able to cater for corporate and commercial events including private shows, launches, conferences and events. PJPAC strives to improve the creative and cultural opportunities for all Malaysians, empowering communities to flourish by maximizing participation in the engaging, inspiring and entertaining cultural life of our city.
Stage 1 Theatre
This newest proscenium theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and versatile acoustic architecture, which includes a 10m x 5m P3.9 LED screen, Follow Spot tracking system called Follow-Me that utilises moving heads as spotlights with the ability to have a tracking pack on specific talent on stage or control the spotlight movement using a joystick, and 40 bars of active counter-weight fly system that allows for multiple set changes and even flying someone across the stage. The 970sqm space seats a total of 684 and is the largest proscenium theatre in Selangor.
Nero Event Space
An experimental black box theatre with modular seating platforms to accommodate your event requirements which is suitable for small-to-mid scale productions, events and functions, this 330sqm space can hold up to 200 seating or 300 standing audience members.
The Pre-Function Lobby is perfect for press meets, pre-function cocktails, art exhibitions, product launches and more. The Gallery is PJPAC’s unconventional gallery space with modular hanging systems for unique exhibition setups. The Lounge on Level 3 is a unique alfresco area that provides a more private and exclusive setting.
1 Utama Shopping Centre also presented “Once Upon A Stage” which celebrates PJPAC with avid fans and practitioners of live performing arts and purveyors of events, whilst also highlighting PJPAC’s technical capabilities through a lineup of specially produced performances that include multiple genres of theatre, music, dance and more.
This specially curated event features performances by doyens of the industry including Joanne Kam, Syed Zalihafe, Dama Asia, Hands Percussion, Mad G Dance Crew, Kenny Shim Co, Lee Swee Keong, Zamzuriah Zahari & BaiZam Generation and Performing Arts CCA UiTM led by Professor Norzizi.