Civic Auditorium



Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Administration: 831-420-5240
Box Office: 831-420-5260
Fax: 831-420-5261
The Civic is closed Mondays, except for events.

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, A Cornerstone of Our Community

  Celebrating 75 Years!

On March 28, 1940, a three-day fete celebrated the grand opening of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Some 5,000 members of the community toured the Auditorium that first day, peeking into meeting rooms, trying out the seats, and marveling at its newness and the promise of things to come.

Constructed at a cost of roughly $275,000, the Civic was funded in large part by a grant from the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) which provided employment opportunities through public works projects from coast to coast.

On alternate occasions since opening day, the Civic Auditorium has been a sports arena, theater, concert hall, ice skating rink, town hall, convention center, exhibition hall, dance hall, sound stage, banquet room, ceremonial hall, movie theater, Red Cross shelter, graduation hall and more.

The Civic's 75 years of service have reflected the growth and change in our community and in the world at large. To unravel the thread of Auditorium history is to journey a civic and cultural timeline of the latter half of the twentieth century.


Civics’ 75th Community Celebration
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm-5pm


Kuumbwa's Honors Band
Motion Pacific Dance
Santa Cruz Derby Girls
Santa Cruz Follies
YOU and other very Special Guests!

Special Historical Exhibits

Interactive Memory Collection/Casting Call from the "We Are Santa Cruz" Project

Happy hour with Wine and Beer tasting featured at the Church Street Fair

And more to be revealed!

Fun for the whole Santa Cruz family and friends!

Stay tuned to the Civic's Facebook page for updates and special surprises!



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Box Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Box Office will open 90 minutes prior to events for event sales only.

There are several ways to purchase tickets for events at the Civic:

  • In person at the Civic Box Office
  • By phone 831-420-5260 - during Box Office Hours
  • Online via
  • UCSC Ticket Office on the UC campus 

 The Civic is honored to be the home of our Season Producers: the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz Follies, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, and the Santa Cruz Derby Girls.


Derby girls cab fest orchestra.220 Maestro Daniel Stesart Conducting the Santa Cruz Symphony (photo by Joe Ravetz)