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.

Save the Date!

Civic's 75th Community Celebration
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:30pm-6pm

Civic 75th


In addition to the stage program, other highlights include:

In the Lobby:

-Video display of a myriad of events from generations past and present

-Civic history collection - help us fill in gaps in our history

-Civic Renovation Ideas for the future

In Room A of the Tony Hill Room:

-Showing of We are Santa Cruz from Impact Media

In Room B-C of the Tony Hill Room: 

-Showing of The Making of [Bernstein's ] Mass  
The behind the scenes making of the Cabrillo Festival's 2000 Bernstein's Mass production

In the Lounge: Interactive Video Project 

-Interactive Memory Collection/Casting Call from the We are Santa Cruz project
Eric Thiermann and the Impact Media Group will be filming first-hand accounts of people's memorable Civic moments (film & audio) to be included in the Civic's time capsule.

In Room G&H, aka The Backstage Lounge:

-Beer and Wine tasting from 4pm-5:30pm
If you missed the Church Street Fair, here's your chance to taste some of the best of Santa Cruz


Thanks to: Eric Thiermann and the Impact Media Group Inc., for the inspiration and capturing Civic moments.

Additional thanks to: Whole Foods Market, Capitola for their generous contribution to our Celebration, Peter McGettigan for historical footage.

Special thanks to all the producers, artists, staff and vendors who have helped along the way.


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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)