Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
The Tobin facade
Address115 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio
United States
Coordinates29°25′51″N 98°29′19″W / 29.430698°N 98.488659°W / 29.430698; -98.488659
CapacityH-E-B Performance Hall: 1,760
Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater: 300
Riverwalk Plaza: 600
Built1926 (opened as San Antonio Municipal Auditorium)
ReopenedSept 4, 2014

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is San Antonio's performing arts center. Located next to the San Antonio Riverwalk, it is named for Robert L. B. Tobin, one of the city's most prominent residents.


The 1738-seat venue[1] was first built in 1926 as the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium by Atlee Ayres. In 2014, it was renovated and expanded by the Seattle-based LMN Architects and the local firm Marmon Mok Architecture.[2][3]

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, Barack Obama gave a speech in front of the building to his supporters.[4]

On October 2, 2014, Sir Paul McCartney performed a special benefit concert for the Tobin Center.[5]

Performance and other venues[edit]

H-E-B Performance Hall[edit]

This 1738-seat theater at the core of the Center was designed to accommodate both acoustic and amplified performances with the specific intent of being the home to the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio, and Ballet San Antonio. Seating is on four levels — orchestra, grand tier boxes, mezzanine, and balcony.

Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater[edit]

Built as a "black box theater," the hexagon shaped space is a unique venue that offers a blank canvas customizable for any event.


  1. ^ "About Us | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, Texas". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  2. ^ "Marmon Mok Architecture – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  3. ^ "In Detail> Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - The Architect's Newspaper". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ "Obama Campaign Rally San Antonio | Video |". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  5. ^ "McCartney Magical at Tobin". My San Antonio. Retrieved 2015-12-28.

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