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Spotlight has returned to landmark San Jose Civic


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stars are back on stage at the landmark San Jose Civic, four years after a $15 million renovation of the 1936 venue began.

“The San Jose Civic is officially back to entertain the Bay Area” said Bill Sherry, CEO of Team San Jose.

Those who attend concerts there or who book the theater for meetings and special events will notice a number of improvements: new lighting and sound, new exterior lighting, new concessions, restored restrooms, new seats and an ADA-accessible elevator. The building’s security, heating and seismic systems were also upgraded.

“For more than 70 years, the Civic has hosted countless legendary performances that have contributed to the vibrancy of our downtown,” said Mayor Chuck Reed. “Renovating this historic auditorium into a 21st century, state-of-the-art venue will help us attract world-class shows and concerts that draw thousands of people to downtown San Jose.”

The theater will be host to shows, concerts, corporate rentals, family shows, special events and other events looking for a mid-sized theater with 3,326 seats. Team San Jose manages the San Jose Civic on behalf of the City of San Jose, which owns the venue.

A designated city landmark, the Civic, of Spanish California Mission style, is attached to the Montgomery Theater. Team San Jose also markets the Montgomery and the Center for the Performing Arts.