San Jose Civic
Exterior of the Civic & Montgomery Theater (c.2017)
|Former names||San Jose Municipal Auditorium (planning/construction)|
San Jose Civic Auditorium (1933–2013)
City National Civic (2013–19)
|Address||135 W San Carlos St|
San Jose, CA 95113
|Location||Downtown San Jose|
|Owner||City of San Jose|
|Opened||July 14, 1936|
($10.1 million in 2019 dollars)
|Architect||Binder & Curtis|
|Project manager||Worley & Company|
|General contractor||Thomas Construction|
|Main contractors||Swenson Construction|
|Santa Clara Broncos (NCAA) (1951–75)|
SJSU Spartans (NCAA) (1961–76, 1979–89)
San Jose Diablos (IVA) (1979)
San Jose Golddiggers (MLV) (1987–89)
|Renovation cost||$25 million|
($29.8 million in 2019 dollars)
|Main contractor||Garden City Construction|
The San Jose Civic (formerly known as the San Jose Civic Auditorium and City National Civic) is a former arena, currently operating as a theatre, located in downtown San Jose, California. The venue is owned by the City of San Jose, is managed by Team San Jose and is booked by Nederlander Concerts. The auditorium seats 3,036 which can be expanded up to 3,326 in a general admission setting.
The venue was created through a joint venture between the City of San Jose, Public Works Administration and local property owners Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Montgomery, who donated the property. The building was designed by Binder & Curtis, in the Spanish Colonial/California Mission Revival style.
The "Montgomery Theater" is attached to the east side of the building. Seating 486, it is the primary home of the CMT San Jose. The west wing was a convention hall called "Parkside Hall". It opened on September 22, 1977, as the "San Jose Convention Center". It served as the city's main convention center until a new facility of the same name opened across the street in 1989. The building was demolished in 2009.
A $25 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.
- San Jose Municipal Auditorium (1934—April 1936) (planning/construction)
- San Jose Civic Auditorium (July 14, 1936—December 3, 2003)
- City National Civic (December 4, 2003—May 14, 2019)
- San Jose Civic (May 15, 2019—present)
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. Bob Dylan and the Hawks played a famous show there on December 12, 1965 and Allen Ginsberg made a tape of it now held by the Stanford University Libraries. Earlier that year the Rolling Stones played a concert there that was attended by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters who electrified a party afterward reportedly attended by Stones members. 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. It was the venue for the trampoline events of the inaugural World Games I in 1981.
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