San Jose Civic

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San Jose Civic
City National Civic and Montgomery Theater.jpg
City National Civic and the Montgomery Theater
Former namesSan Jose Civic Auditorium (1933–2013), City National Civic (2013–2019)
Address135 West San Carlos St.
San Jose, California
United States
Coordinates37°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
OwnerCity of San Jose
OperatorTeam San Jose
Opened1933 (1933)
Santa Clara Broncos (NCAA) (1951–1975)
San Jose State Spartans (NCAA) (1961–1976, 1979–1989)
San Jose Golddiggers (MLV) (1987–1989)

The San Jose Civic (formerly known as the San Jose Civic Auditorium and City National Civic) 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 venue's naming rights were given to City National Bank from December 2013[2][3] to May 2019.

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] On occasion, The Tech Interactive rents Parkside Hall to provide extra space for special temporary exhibits.

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.[6] It was the venue for the trampoline events of the inaugural World Games I in 1981.

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]


  1. ^ "City National Civic - San Jose Theaters". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
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  3. ^ "Pizarro: A new name for San Jose's Civic Auditorium". 3 December 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ San Jose Civic History Archived 2014-06-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Historical Evaluation: Museum Place Mixed-Use Project (PDF). Archives & Architecture. April 14, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "What Genesis tells us about Smash in 2016". Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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