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Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Photo of Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA, USA
Seats (approximate): 2931

Built in 1931 and opened in 1932, the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium is one of the most revered performance halls in the nation. The Civic has played host to Broadway musicals, world class ballet, symphony orchestras and celebrity speakers as well as the Prime Time Emmy Awards, and the People's Choice Awards. The main floor of the Pasadena Civic has 1,922 fixed seats with 98 installable orchestra pit seats. The loge seats 560, the upper balcony seats 449 for a total capacity of 3,029. Located on the second floor, the classic Gold Room provides an unforgettable setting for smaller meetings, receptions, or dinner parties of up to 300 guests. In February, 1932, during the lowest ebb of the Great Depression, the new Pasadena Civic Auditorium was dedicated "to the citizens of Pasadena, whose efforts and sacrifices have made the erection of this beautiful and useful building possible." In the decades since its dedication, the Civic has hosted millions of patrons from several generations of Southern Californians. The Civic has been the center of Pasadena's Cultural life by hosting thousands of community events such as Rose Queen Ceremonies, graduations, benefit concerts, speeches by famous personalities, and countless programs for children. The live radio broadcasts of the big band dances from the Civic in the 1940s helped to spread the fame of Pasadena across the United States. With the construction of the Pasadena Center in the 1970s, the Civic became part of a full service convention center that includes a Conference building, Exhibition building, and a hotel and parking garage. A home for ballet, symphony, popular music, musical comedy and television programs, the Civic is known for a wide variety of special events. Among the many great orchestras of the world, the Civic has hosted the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is the home to The Pasadena Symphony. The house is very well suited to ballet. The Civic has hosted the dance program for the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival as well as repeating engagements of the American Ballet theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the San Francisco Ballet. The list of performers who have graced this stage is an overview of the great performers of the twentieth century. Diverse artists such as Marian Anderson, Victor Borge, Eric Clapton, David Copperfield, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Josh Groban, Hal Holbrook, Bob Hope, Luciano Pavarotti, Arthur Rubenstein, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Wonder have performed at the Civic. A favorite location for television and film, the Civic hosted the Prime Time Emmy awards for more than twenty years. The theater is particularly well known for its TV specials such as Ray Charles 50 Years in Music and the Motown 25th Anniversary Television Special. In recent years, the Civic has become a regular stop on the Broadway touring circuit with such productions as Cats, Les Miserables, Riverdance, Beauty and the Beast, and Evita. The Civic is a grand theatre with a varied and proud tradition. It will serve us well into the 21st century.


Productions Production Dates
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 06, 2008 - May 11, 2008
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 08, 2006 - Feb 12, 2006
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Sep 11, 2002 - Sep 15, 2002
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 08, 2001 - Oct 14, 2001
Copacabana
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 20, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
May 06, 1997 - May 11, 1997
Man of La Mancha
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Dec 03, 1996 - Dec 08, 1996
Aint Misbehavin
Musical, Revival, Revue
Jun 03, 1996 - Jun 09, 1996
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jan 23, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Kiss Of The Spider Woman
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jan 09, 1996 - Jan 14, 1996
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 28, 1995 - Dec 03, 1995
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Oct 03, 1995 - Oct 08, 1995
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Jul 25, 1995 - Jul 30, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Jan 24, 1995 - Jan 29, 1995
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Jul 19, 1994 - Jul 24, 1994
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 05, 1994 - Jul 10, 1994
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 11, 1994 - Jan 23, 1994
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Oct 12, 1993 - Oct 17, 1993
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Aug 10, 1993 - Aug 15, 1993
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 22, 1993 - Jun 27, 1993
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Sep 06, 1988 - Sep 11, 1988