City National Civic

Built in 1936, City National Civic (formerly San Jose Civic Auditorium) is a Spanish Mission style, dual-level venue that has historically hosted a wide range of civic events, including performing arts, conventions, city dances and general assembly. Taking care to retain the building’s historic character, ELS renovated the Civic to feature 3,000 seats in concert configuration (or 500 seats for banquets), meeting rooms, concession spaces, and restroom improvements, as well as improvements to the 380-seat Montgomery Theatre, home to San Jose Children’s Musical Theater. Much of the rehabilitation, which spanned two-and-a-half years, was completed while the theater remained in operation. Officially reopened in the fall of 2012, the updated Civic continues its tradition, under the promotion of Nederlander Concerts, as the favored concert venue for Silicon Valley and provides a major program venue for the McEnery Convention Center, located directly across San Carlos Street.


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