City National Civic

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City National Civic
City National Civic and Montgomery Theater.jpg
City National Civic and the Montgomery Theater
Former names San Jose Civic Auditorium (1933–2013)
Address 135 West San Carlos St.
San Jose, California
United States
Coordinates 37°19′52″N 121°53′25″W / 37.330987°N 121.890168°W / 37.330987; -121.890168Coordinates: 37°19′52″N 121°53′25″W / 37.330987°N 121.890168°W / 37.330987; -121.890168
Owner City of San Jose
Operator Team San Jose
Capacity 2,850[1]
Construction
Opened 1933 (1933)
Reopened 2012
Tenants
Santa Clara Broncos (NCAA) (1951–1975)
San Jose State Spartans (NCAA) (1961–1976, 1979–1989)
Website
sanjosetheaters.org

The City National Civic (formerly known as the San Jose Civic Auditorium) is a sports arena and concert venue located in downtown San Jose, California. The 2,850-seat venue is owned by the City of San Jose, is managed by Team San Jose and is booked by Nederlander Concerts. The name was changed in December 2013, as part of a development deal with City National Bank.[2][3]

The venue was created through a joint venture in 1933 between San Jose residents, Federal Government and local property owners Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Montgomery, who donated the property to the City of San Jose. The building was designed by Binder & Curtis in the Spanish California Mission style.

The Montgomery Theater is attached to the east side of City National Civic.[4] The west wing is a convention hall called Parkside Hall. It opened on September 22, 1977, as the San Jose Convention Center and served as the city's main convention center until a new facility of the same name opened across the street in 1989.[5]

Many of the most popular entertainers and public figures have appeared at the venue creating memorable historic events since its opening in 1936. Barbra Streisand appeared there during her first concert tour in 1963. Richard Nixon made national headlines during an anti-war demonstration at the San Jose Civic.

It has presented major sporting events including boxing matches with champions such as Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis. The Civic hosted the final day of the GENESIS 3 Super Smash Bros. tournament in January 2016.[6]

A$13 million renovation of the venue, approved in 2007, was begun in 2009. A state-of-the-art sound and video system was installed, the building's floor was refurbished, an exterior lighting system was activated, and the loading dock was upgraded. Key improvements planned included a top-line interior lighting system, seating upgrades to replace the decades-old plastic molded chairs, more restrooms, and a new concessions program.[citation needed]

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