Around 2012, with Arts and Culture being a key component to solidify Makati’s status as the city that celebrates creativity, ALI announced plans to convert the old Sta. Ana race track into what would be known as the Arts, Entertainment and Culture District of Makati. In the past, the race track has provided entertainment for generations of horse-racing aficionados. Now, Ayala Land intends to preserve the district’s entertainment equity by bringing in a multi-faceted form of entertainment, one that is both interactive and world class.
Located at the heart of the city, this 22-hectare integrated, mixed-used lifestyle district in Makati will give a new deﬁnition to arts, culture, and entertainment for all. With its intent on family focused entertainment, this exciting township development has launched several projects that very well positions itself as the center of arts and culture in Makati. Circuit Makati offers citizens, young and old, multiple ways to enjoy a rich and diverse artistic lifestyle. From the ﬂexible and multi-use black box theater Power Mac Center Spotlight, to the dynamic and exciting outdoor concert venue Circuit Events Grounds, to the relaxing and inspiring Circuit Arts Lane, to the soon to rise international contemporary arts museum Contempo, Circuit Makati is a one stop place where something amazing is sure to be always on.
Anchoring this exciting and diverse estate is the state-of-the-art Samsung Performing Arts Theater. Designed by US-based consultants, Theatre Projects Consultants, and experts on sound design, Akustiks, in partnership with GF & Partners Architects and world-renowned architects from Calliston RTKL, the Samsung Performing Arts Theater is a 1,500-seater landmark performance facility built to provide a home for the Filipino, international and global talent. A venue that celebrates artistry at its ﬁnest, nurtures promising local artists, and promotes accessibility of the performing arts to all. Whether planning a musical or a concert in the acoustically stunning main auditorium or a cocktail party at the JZA Sr. Hall, the Samsung Performing Arts Theater can provide a perfect venue that exudes modern elegance and sophistication with amenities that are at par with theaters and performing arts facilities around the world.
Pro-Filipino, International Standards, Sophisticated and Inclusive are some of the brand identities that define the space. Centrally located that is easily accessible by foot, public transport and/or private vehicles with myriad lifestyle and recreational options within its immediate vicinity. Numerous parking spaces with even some having immediate and direct access to the building. Upscale hotel, residential offerings and office spaces around the area with more being developed provides an overall one stop artistic hub for everyone.
Working with the same team behind one of the leading theater design consultants in the world with portfolios that includes major theaters in New York’s Broadway and London’s West End, not to mention some of the most iconic theaters in Asia including Singapore’s Esplanade and the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Samsung Performing Arts Theater boasts of state of the art back of house technical facilities, international front of house amenities and one of a kind features that distinguishes it from the other performing arts facilities in the country.
It has been some 30 years when Makati last a had a full standalone performing arts facility with the Rizal Theater. Considered back then and by many as an elegant and plush theater consistent with the aesthetic of the Ayala Center, Rizal Theater was the place to be for cinema and arts in the city. Soon, after some 60 years since Rizal Theater was built, the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Circuit Makati will rise and will be the center of everything arts and culture within the district and will further position ALI’s consistent vision of a city with a soul, enriching lives through the arts.