Pacific Coast Entertainment Acquires California Stage & Lighting

by Michael Eddy
L to R- Joseph Annigoni (PCE Executive Financial Advisor), Jimmy Ray Hutton (Cal Stage co-owner), Ryan Steidinger (PCE CEO), Irene Hutton (Cal Stage co-owner) and Brandon Domercq (PCE COO).
L to R- Joseph Annigoni (PCE Executive Financial Advisor), Jimmy Ray Hutton (Cal Stage co-owner), Ryan Steidinger (PCE CEO), Irene Hutton (Cal Stage co-owner) and Brandon Domercq (PCE COO).

Pacific Coast Entertainment, provider of staging and theatrical services, has acquired Santa Ana-based California Stage & Lighting, affectionately known as Cal Stage. Cal Stage has been a legend in the Southern California entertainment industry since 1982. Their focus on the theatrical, themed, and live event industries has been invaluable to the market. During the span of their ownership, Jimmy Ray & Irene Hutton have had many accomplishments.

Some of these accomplishments include being a founding member of the Theatrical Dealer’s Association, which is now ESTA; employing over 250 employees; managing two sales locations; developing the CandleLite electronic flicker candle; and, most importantly, training young technicians who have gone on to major jobs in the professional entertainment world. After 35 years, however, the couple has decided that it’s time for Act II and is retiring.

“I began this business to help customers in the local region who had no other place to go,” Jimmy Ray Hutton says. “It has been our pleasure to serve so many wonderful clients in the area.” Cal Stage will now be operating from PCE’s headquarters in Huntington Beach. The Cal Stage brand will remain active indefinitely.

“PCE is honored to acquire such a well-respected business such as California Stage & Lighting, CEO Ryan Steidinger states. “Jimmy and Irene built an incredible foundation where they supported thousands of customers across the Southern California region. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor their contribution to the theatrical community than to keep their brand alive. We look forward to serving Cal Stage’s customers.”

All existing service offerings from Cal Stage will continue moving forward and be added to the PCE portfolio. Cal Stage customers will benefit from expanded service offerings of audio and video, plus have access to PCE’s extensive lighting and staging inventory.

About California Stage & Lighting: Cal Stage is a professional sales and rental equipment provider focusing on theatrical and television lighting as well as equipment sales in those disciplines. It has been headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, and owned and operated by Jimmy Ray and Irene Hutton.

About Pacific Coast Entertainment: PCE is a professional sales and rental provider of lighting, staging, audio, and video equipment as well as production services. It has been in business since 2000 and is based in Huntington Beach, CA.

Further information from PCE and California Stage & Lighting: www.gopce.com

California Stage & Lighting is now a part of Pacific Coast Entertainment