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Pasadena Civic Auditorium

300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA, USA
Seats (approximate)
2931

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
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.
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Beauty & the Beast - Second National
Sep 11, 2002 - Sep 15, 2002
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Fame
Apr 24, 2001 - Apr 29, 2001
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
Copacabana
Feb 20, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
Musical Original Comedy
A Chorus Line
May 06, 1997 - May 11, 1997
Musical Revival Drama
Man of La Mancha
Dec 03, 1996 - Dec 08, 1996
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Musical Revival Drama
Aint Misbehavin
Jun 03, 1996 - Jun 09, 1996
Musical Revival Revue
West Side Story
Jan 23, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Jan 09, 1996 - Jan 14, 1996
Music by John Kander; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Original Drama
Damn Yankees
Nov 28, 1995 - Dec 03, 1995
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Oct 03, 1995 - Oct 08, 1995
Musical Original
Hello, Dolly!
Jul 25, 1995 - Jul 30, 1995
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Jelly's Last Jam
Jan 24, 1995 - Jan 29, 1995
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Original
Grease
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Musical Revival Comedy
Camelot
Jul 19, 1994 - Jul 24, 1994
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jul 05, 1994 - Jul 10, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Oct 12, 1993 - Oct 17, 1993
Musical Original
The Secret Garden
Aug 10, 1993 - Aug 15, 1993
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Musical Original
Evita - 1992
Jun 22, 1993 - Jun 27, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Sep 06, 1988 - Sep 11, 1988
Musical Original
A Chorus Line
Sep 24, 1980 - Oct 12, 1980
Musical Original Drama
Annie - Second National
Jun 12, 1980 - Jun 29, 1980
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy